|Improving Healthcare Performance:
Paint-by-Numbers or Herding Cats?
How would you finish the following
Going about improving healthcare performance is a lot
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
|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,
|Using Statit piMD™ Usage Reporting to Maximize User
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
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.
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
|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
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
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
- 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
ASQ's Healthcare Quality Practice
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!
Dr. Brent C. James, MD, MStat
Executive Director, Institute for Health Care Delivery
Research Intermountain Health Care
March 26, 2008
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