Susquehanna Health improves outcomes with data analytics

Susquehanna Health in Central Pennsylvania has improved outcomes in numerous ways using data analytics, Lori Beucler, vice president and chief nursing officer at the health system, told Hospitals & Health Networks. System employees analyzed data for surprising trends and used their analytics to develop roadmaps for financial, operational and clinical improvements. Some of these reforms include improving pre-op wait times and developing a model that allowed patients' loved ones to remain with them during that stage; driving down costs, such as negotiating with vendors to save a projected $400,000 on orthopedic implants in 2015; and reducing waste by eliminating underused services, leading to a $100,000 annual savings in call coverage. Read the full story at FierceHealthIT