- Posted by Kate McGinley
- On January 15, 2020
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Data has become prolific in healthcare —with the rise of EMRs and big data infrastructure, analytics and personalized medicine – practicing physicians have never before been surrounded by so much data. However, gaining access to relevant insights has become even more difficult—while the data exists, gaining access, ensuring it is the right data, and building analytics is often a overwhelming problem. With so much data, answering even simple questions is difficult—the numbers don’t match, or the data is incomplete, or the analytic is built for a different audience, and you are expected to extrapolate to your own performance. Traditional approaches aggregate data for managers, but that doesn’t work when you are the manager of your own performance. While other industries can live with aggregated data, the complexity of caring for patients requires a different, personalized approach.
Take the seemingly straightforward PCI – a procedure that is explored by hundreds of Biome clients. While your organization may be able to show aggregate trends in volume or costs, it’s nearly impossible to get the right answers questions such as, “How does my complication rate compare between my morning and afternoon cases?” “For patients with a specific comorbidity, does the radial or femoral access approach impact their length of stay?” “This tool costs 3x more than this similar tool. For female patients under 60, is there a difference in outcomes with the less expensive tool?”
Delivering care in this new world of personalized medicine and value-based contracts requires so much more than aggregate analytics. It requires being able to answer questions like that ones above, and examine every impact point to ensure that you can bring the best practices to every patient.
Most physicians are stuck asking questions like these, one at a time, to analytic creators. Waiting months to get a directionally correct answer, teams often resign themselves to trying to infer insights from aggregate data. If they’re lucky, an accurate analytic is built, but they may find no opportunity within the information. Alternatively, an opportunity is uncovered, but a new question about what exactly each individual needs to do to affect change arises, and the cycle begins anew. Biome clients know the answers to these questions, plus thousands more for procedures such as CABG, TAVR, and others.
Biome clients know the answers to these questions, plus thousands more for procedures such as CABG, TAVR, and others. Every physician knows exactly how their performance compares to their peers—where they lead, and where they can improve. Moreover, they are able to make the changes to improve their own performance, based on what worked for peer physicians.
With on results like this, client organizations are achieving tremendous, physician-led results. From reducing complication rates, to optimizing procedures, to improved outcomes, to millions of dollars in improved costs, physician clients are leading the change in cardiovascular care delivery.