Midas+ Statit Solutions Group Newsletter
August 2008
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In This Issue
Midas+ Acquires Statit Software
Physician Profiling: Overcoming Data Challenges
Choosing the Correct Chart
Welcome New Statit piMD Customers
Visit us at NAHQ
Midas+ Acquires Statit Software
written by Tom Simas
With apologies to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, "...what a long, strange trip it's been!" From our humble beginnings to our current reality: a strong and prestigious customer base; a performance improvement solution set that addresses enterprise dashboards, scorecards and trend reporting throughout your organization; as well as Physician Profile & Review, Root Cause Analysis and much, much more, we have truly come a long, long way. We have received hundreds of congratulatory messages together with many questions. Most questions could be summarized into a few. I will do my best to answer each of these.
First, for those of you who may have missed the announcement, please click here to learn more.   
Physician Profiling: Overcoming Data Challenges

There are several challenges that need to be overcome when trying to automate the generation of physician profiles electronically. In our example, we're going to create a profile to be used to assess performance for ED physicians on Heart Failure patients. Included in the profile will be various HF measures including Core Measures, LOS, Cost, Charges and Patient Satisfaction. 
Following is a list of challenges that need to be overcome before we can automate the creation and viewing of this profile:
  • Profile indicators coming from different data sources 
  • Different data sources identifying physicians inconsistently
  • The need for a consistent way of labeling physicians within a profile 
  • Managing peer groups for comparisons 

Statit has worked closely with our customers to understand these challenges and has developed the Statit Physician Profile & Review product in response to these issues. Read on...

Choosing the Correct Chart

In a perfect world, choosing the correct chart would be very simple. One would follow a process of deciding on what questions need to be answered. Based on that list of questions, one would decide what data needs to be gathered. From those two exercises, the type of chart that would be used would be pretty much determined.

But, we are often in a situation where we have already gathered the data and we need to figure out which questions we can answer with that data, and then which chart we can use to best present the data.

Let's take a look at some of the questions one might ask to identify the correct chart for their needs...

Welcome New Statit Performance Indicator & Management Dashboard (piMD) Customers!
Statit is pleased to announce the newest members to the Statit piMD family. Those customers who have recently implemented the Statit piMD solution came away with fantastic results.
Read on for more information about the following new customers:
  • Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Bluegrass Regional Mental Health Board
  • Washington State Hospital Association
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Legacy Health System
  • Spectrum Health System
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Ohio Health

For a short, ten minute overview of the Statit piMD application, watch our Guided Tour.

Visit us at NAHQ 

Collaboration: The Spark Behind Quality
Ignite the spark behind healthcare quality at the National Association for Healthcare Quality's 33rd annual Educational Conference at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in sunny Phoenix, AZ, September 14-17.
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 NAHQ, attendees will:
  • Get cutting-edge news in healthcare quality
  • Learn firsthand about innovative products
  • Earn valuable continuing education (CE) credits
  • Network with key leaders in healthcare quality 
To learn more about Statit's healthcare solutions, visit Booth #313 during the NAHQ conference, or visit the Statit at www.statit.com. Visit the NAHQ web site at www.nahq.org for more information on the conference.

Statit staff will be conducting brief, informative presentations during breaktimes in Booth #313.  Presentations are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, Sep 14
  • 6:00pm - Physician Profile & Review: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos
  • 6:45pm - Automating Quality & Performance Reporting Using your Existing Data

Monday, Sep 15

  • 12:15pm - Physician Profile & Review: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos
  • 2:30pm - Automating Qualit & Performance Reporting Using your Existing Data

Stop by our booth for a complimentary copy of the white paper entitled, "Bellin Health: Living Quality Every Day."  We'll also be on hand to hold one-on-one meetings.

Request your meeting!
Automating Quality Reporting
a complimentary webinar

Quality departments within healthcare have a tough challenge to meet the existing reporting needs of Quality Indicators throughout the organization. And that challenge is going to become ever more difficult as more and more processes are tracked and targeted for improvement.

Key issues include:

  • Many different indicators and metrics need to be tracked
  • Indicator data is EVERYWHERE
  • Need both Operational and Executive reporting
  • Report generation needs to be automated or it will consume many resources and/or be fraught with errors
  • Need objective (SPC) analysis techniques
  • Different indicators available at different times during the month/quarter
  • Report distribution
  • Closing the Process Improvement loop

Many organizations attempt to perform this task using Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), but these approaches require considerable resources internally and have many shortcomings. There is a much more effective way.

In this complimentary webinar, we will explore the challenges associated with Healthcare Quality Reporting, particularly with the use of Excel as a reporting tool. We will look at Quality reporting issues in healthcare and present a way to automate reporting and distribute real time reports using your Intranet, along with Statit piMD™. Best of all, you can continue to use your existing data residing in Excel, MS Access and any other databases.

September 24, 2008
 11:00 a.m. Pacific
  12:00 p.m. Mountain
  1:00 p.m. Central
  2:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Today for this complimentary webinar

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