Data-driven quality improvement is one of the cornerstones of modern healthcare. Hospitals and healthcare providers now record, track and monitor data on dozens of individual indicators spanning patient safety, prevention and inpatient care; even a small facility may collect thousands of data points daily. But is all this data really making a difference?
 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires hospitals to report key measures such as adverse events and hospital readmissions in order to qualify for reimbursement. All this data collection provides a treasure trove of data points that hospitals could use to make quality improvement decisions. However, in many hospitals, data collection and reporting is not effectively connected to decision making. In order to drive real and measurable improvement, hospitals need to be able to turn quality indicator data into clear, understandable information and actionable next steps. 

Analytical tools such as Battelle WayFinder Q.I. Dashboard can help hospitals better use and understand the data they are already collecting. By putting this data to work, hospitals and other healthcare providers can make decisions on quality improvement initiatives that lead to better outcomes for patients, payers and themselves.

How Do You Turn Hospital Quality Data into Insight?