Successful Healthcare Improvement Requires Analytics and Effective Communications

by Trevor Strome March 15, 2012

Effective communication is key for any quality improvement initiative Information that is “locked up” in obscure reports and complex tables or presented in ways that does not engage front-line staff is essentially a wasted resource. For healthcare improvement goals to succeed, it is important to share the process and quality improvement goals of a healthcare organization […]

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Getting It Right – The Fine Line Between Trivia and Usable Analytics

by Trevor Strome March 7, 2012

In my previous article Three Key Analytics Usability Factors for Improving Healthcare, I argue that how usable analytics (such as dashboards, scorecards, reports, predictive models, and simulation tools) are will determine how likely they are to be embraced and, more importantly, used in meaningful ways to improve healthcare. That article provides a high level overview […]

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The Three Key Analytics Usability Factors for Improving Healthcare

by Trevor Strome March 1, 2012

A lot of effort goes into making healthcare information systems (such as electronic records, etc) easy for end-users to navigate and comprehend. The better the usability, the more likely systems are to be accepted and used in meaningful ways. Although much effort goes into enhancing the usability of these “front-end” systems, there isn’t much focus […]

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Is it a Metric or a Key Performance Indicator (KPI)?

by Sarianne Gruber February 15, 2012

[Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Sarianne Gruber of SG Analytics LLC. We are happy to welcome Sarianne as a contributor to!] Beyond the numbers – measuring the right things Indentifying appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in healthcare is not a trivial task. And when it relates to improving healthcare quality and […]

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Integrating Analytics and Healthcare Quality Improvement Initiatives

by Trevor Strome February 13, 2012

Analytics alone isn’t the answer to improving healthcare In my recent Health IT Exchange article, I make the assertion that analytics alone cannot improve healthcare. Dashboards, scorecards, reports, and other information tools by themselves cannot change people’s practices. In order for real change to occur, it is necessary that analytic and Business Intelligence (BI) tools are applied […]

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Creating Great Healthcare Analytics Teams

by Trevor Strome February 3, 2012

My friend and colleague Scott Wanless recently posted an article entitled “Create a Great Healthcare Analytics Team.” In the article he breaks down the composition of particularly well-functioning healthcare analytics teams he has worked with, and describes what he feels has made them successful. One of the features I liked about Scott’s article is that he describes […]

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Five Project Management Strategies To Successfully Leverage Analytics for Healthcare Improvement

by Trevor Strome January 27, 2012

Implementing business intelligence and analytics projects within a Healthcare Organization (HCO) are challenging due to regulatory and financial pressures facing healthcare, the complexity of data involved, the multitude of stakeholders, and relative newness of BI technologies to healthcare. Below are some strategies that can help your HCO implement BI and analytics projects that become integral […]

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Putting Analytics to Work for your Healthcare Improvement Initiatives

by Trevor Strome January 17, 2012

The number of healthcare analytics options are increasing. Some HCOs have the benefit of a large Business Intelligence (BI) or analytics platform. These stand-alone BI systems are somewhat general-purpose in nature, and operate in many industries other than healthcare. Many of these platforms are powerful indeed, with many analytics functions and features available. In addition […]

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Ensuring health care analytics create value by understanding the requirements of information end-users

by Trevor Strome January 12, 2012

There is a proliferation of “real-time” dashboards and other information displays throughout healthcare organizations. In a recent article on information overload, I mentioned that information on reports, dashboards, and analytic tools that is not up-to date, relevant, and accurate will merely contribute to information overload. This in turn decreases the value, and use, of analytics […]

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Top Ten Articles of 2011 on

by Trevor Strome December 29, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the readers of for helping this site grow. Your feedback, comments, and suggestions have been invaluable in shaping the content I place on this site. Throughout the year, I have enjoyed interacting with many of you via email, telephone, […]

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