Health Catalyst releases new decision support tool for healthcare execs
- Health Catalyst launched an online executive decision support tool that converts key measures and goals from multiple departments into actionable insights for healthcare leaders.
- The tool, called Leading Wisely, can benefit a host of C-suite roles by allowing decision-makers to more effectively plan, prioritize improvement projects, align group efforts, strategize best solutions and communicate decisions, according to the Salt Lake City-based company.
- “Unlike traditional dashboards or static reports, Leading Wisely helps executives and their teams avoid being blindsided by unexpected information and gives them control over their data with self-service alerts and notifications that they can customize for any purpose,” Dale Sanders, executive vice president of product development for Health Catalyst, said in a statement.
A health system COO, for example, might notice an upward trend in surgery revenue at one of its medical centers, drill down to determine the cause of the improvement, which turns out to be faster OR turnover, and quickly spread the best practice to other centers in the system, Health Catalyst explains.
In a recent survey by NEJM Catalyst, 79% of healthcare executives and clinicians cited decision support as major opportunity for using big data in healthcare.
The release of Leading Wisely follows Health Catalyst’s launch last month of MACRA Measures & Insights, a software tool aimed at helping healthcare organizations identify and align selection of quality measures under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA. The Salt Lake City-based company also offers a free, open-source repository of machine learning algorithms aimed at improving health outcomes using artificial intelligence.
AI is hot right now. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, officials recently rolled out an initiative, in collaboration with Microsoft, to improve clinician workflow through AI. The 25-hospital nonprofit system invests not only invests in companies that create AI capabilities, but launches its own startups.
In an interview last month with Healthcare Dive, Dr. Rasu Shrestha, UPMC chief innovation officer and executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, said AI technologies have sharpened the focus on what is best for the patient. “This person-centered approach to care is really critical because we believe that’s the best way to drive costs down and improve the quality overall of care,” Shrestha said.