How One Hospital Uses Advanced Analytics to Drive Savings and Improve Outcomes

Geisinger Health System, a leading health system in Eastern Pennsylvania, has begun realizing tremendous benefits from a data analytics program established in 2015. The hospital’s Unified Data Architecture (UDA) collects and stores data from electronic medical records and other data sources to provide a holistic view of a patient’s health. Benefits of the UDA so far have included early detection of abnormal abdominal aortic aneurysms, improved identification of serious sepsis cases and reduction in surgical waste.

This article found at FierceHealthcare by Evan Sweeney discusses a recent post in the Harvard Business Review on Geisinger’s successes.

“Over the last two years, the Pennsylvania-based system has seen tangible improvements to patient care as a result of the UDA’s capabilities. For example, the system can quickly scan patient images to detect abnormal abdominal aortic aneurysms allowing the hospital to intervene in high-risk cases.

By integrating specific vital signs, lab results, and antibiotic prescriptions, the system has improved the way physicians identify and treat serious cases of sepsis, an infection that relies heavily on early detection.

Lastly, surgeons use the UDA to track outcomes as well as surgical waste, allowing the hospital to identify areas of potential cost savings and negotiate new agreements with supply vendors.

Geisinger executives have previously pointed to the system’s early adoption of EHRs that allowed it to integrate data into everyday practice. Although healthcare had been generally slow to utilize broad sets of data, in some systems, analytics has improved antibiotic stewardship and personalized mental-health care.”

Read the entire article here: At Geisinger Health System, advanced analytics pave the way to better outcomes

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