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Statit™ Software, Inc. Newsletter
February 2008
In This Issue
Improving Healthcare Performance: Paint-by-Numbers or Herding Cats?
Automating the Production of your Monthly/Quarterly MSOffice Reports
Using Statit piMD™ Usage Reporting to Maximize User Success
What is the Difference Between a Percentage and a Rate?
Identifying Unpredictable Variation through Root Cause Analysis
Measure, Manage, Monitor and Improve: A Case Study on Improving Hand Washing Compliance
Visit us at HIMSS08 & Pay for Performance Summit
ASQ's Quality Practice Seminar, sponsored by Statit Software
Improving Healthcare Performance: Paint-by-Numbers or Herding Cats?
How would you finish the following sentence:
Going about improving healthcare performance is a lot like _________________________________. 
How many of you completed the sentence with something like "painting by numbers!" Show of hands?  Zero.  How many said "herding cats?"  Show of hands? 9 billion, 87 million, 837 thousand...you get the idea.  Improving healthcare is not easy...in fact, it is very hard work.  But like any job, the right tools can help you be more efficient and effective.  This article will focus on the use of Statit piMD™ to help make improvements based on comparisons.  
Automating the Production of your Monthly/Quarterly MSOffice Reports

Statit piMD™ supports the automation of your monthly/quarterly reports by allowing you to publish output to MSOffice applications.  This is simple to do within Statit piMD, but there is a way to streamline report production even further for those standard reports that you need to produce every month/quarter.  By using capabilities built into MSWord and PowerPoint, you can save yourself the time and effort required to hand insert each of your indicator graphs into the Office document each reporting period.  This is especially important when your output contains other information that you report on (summaries, priority lists, assessment on particular initiative projects, etc.)



Using Statit piMD Usage Reporting to Maximize User Success

After undertaking the exercise of building key performance indicators and rolling them out to users, organizations often find themselves wondering how much use the system is receiving.  We received many customer requests to provide information of this nature as part of Statit piMD - things like:
  • Who is using the system?
  • How frequently is the application being accessed?
  • How much time are users spending logged into the application?
  • Is anyone having trouble logging in?
Driven largely by these requests, Statit piMD 3.0 introduced a number of "Usage Reports" designed to quickly and accurately answer these questions.  Read on for a brief discussion of these reports and how they can be used to maximize user success with Statit piMD.
What is the Difference Between a Percentage and a Rate?
Often we hear the question, "What is the difference between a percentage and a rate?"
They are both calculated using a numerator and a denominator.  However the relationship between the numerator and denominator makes the difference.
Identifying Unpredictable Variation through Root Cause Analysis
Unpredictable variation is best identified using a process control chart. Sources of this variation need root cause analysis for identification that leads to actions to eliminate or minimize these causes. This webinar will help you understand the data and process needed to discern and eliminate special cause variation.  We will examine this using Statit piMD™. 
Thursday, February 21, 2008
  10am Pacific
  11am Mountain
  12pm Central
  1pm Eastern
Measure, Manage, Monitor and Improve: A Case Study on Improving Hand Washing Compliance

In 2005, Bellin's measurement control system had over 250 system-level quality indicators. Many of these indicators also were reported at the department level and on varying schedules (monthly, quarterly, annually, etc.). For example, compliance with the Centers for Disease Control guidelines on health care hand hygiene was measured across the entire system, the care center level (e.g., invasive clinical services, heart and vascular services) and the department level where actionable improvement plans could be developed to address the specific departmental environment. Although none of the current indicators were measured at the shift level, the potential exists to do so. It was also clear to the Quality Resources team that the demand for quality and safety information from both accreditation and certification agencies, as well as the general public, would continue to grow.

Statit Software was pleased to sponsor this Quality Practice Seminar last Fall, presented through the American Society for Quality.  If you missed it, you can still view the presentation ON DEMAND!

Visit us at HIMSS08 & Pay for Performance Summit 
Statit Software Offers Solutions for Improved Healthcare Delivery HIMSS08
Orlando, Florida welcomes the 2008 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition. As the conference comes to Orlando, Feb. 24 - 28, 2008, at the Orange County Convention Center, some 25,000 healthcare industry professionals and 900 exhibitors are expected to attend.
Statit Software will be on the HIMSS exhibit floor with its Statit piMD.
Statit piMD™ helps nurture a "culture of quality," creating structures and processes to monitor performance, identify deficiencies and to devise, test and implement solutions. Whether you are a single hospital, ambulatory care center or a large, integrated delivery system, Statit piMD provides a simple yet powerful way to access, track, analyze, compare and contrast raw data in ways that provide insights from which to make objective, sustainable and defensible decisions.

At HIMSS08, attendees will learn more about leading-edge topics in healthcare IT and management systems with leading keynote speakers, more than 300 education sessions and innovative exhibits offering healthcare delivery solutions. 

To learn more about Statit Software's healthcare solutions, visit Booth #3215 during the HIMSS conference, or visit the Statit Software site at www.statit.com. Visit the HIMSS08 Web site at www.himssconference.org for more information on the conference.

3rd National Pay for Performance Summit
Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles
February 27 - 29, 2008
Booth #17
The Leading National Forum on Pay for Performance to Enhance Healthcare Access, Quality and Efficiency
The primary goal of the 2008 Summit is to continue the important ongoing dialogue about the appropriate role and structure of pay for performance in both the private and public sectors. This includes exploring key policy issues and practical challenges for implementing pay for performance, its potential to achieve meaningful improvements in healthcare access, quality and efficiency, and its influence on payment reform and value-based purchasing. These are relevant, dynamic topics in light of new and proposed health care reforms, increased engagement in pay for performance by Medicare and Medicaid, new research, and findings from the practical experiences of pay for performance programs both nationally and internationally.

After meeting with Statit Software, participants should be better able to:

  • Understand how to share performance improvement analyses throughout the healthcare organization
  • Create dashboards, scorecards and trend output utilizing existing data
  • Provide accountability to "experts" to interactively create comments and corrective actions when necessary
  • Automatically send alerts when targets are missed or special cause variation exists in a critical process
  • Derive knowledge to support timely, data-driven decisions.

Statit Software staff will be on hand at both conferences to hold one-on-one meetings. Request your meeting!

ASQ's Healthcare Quality Practice Seminars
sponsored by Statit Software

Seminar #3: Healthcare Performance Improvement-Cost of Quality

Professionals involved in healthcare administration, services and policy information can ill afford to be uninformed; it puts them at too much of a disadvantage. Policy and financial decisions must be based on information such as data describing the patient population or data defining appropriate levels of care based on acuity of illness or condition. Because medical care influences the budget, administrators and healthcare managers have to provide themselves with the tools and the education to understand that care.

Dr. Brent James, a world-renowned expert in the field of healthcare performance improvement, will share his unique perspective on the relationship between performance metrics and financial results. You won't want to miss this!

Presented by
Dr. Brent C. James, MD, MStat
Executive Director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research Intermountain Health Care

March 26, 2008
  11:00 a.m. Pacific
  12:00 p.m. Mountain
  1:00 p.m. Central
  2:00 p.m. Eastern

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