Big Data in Healthcare Delivery: The Power of HEDIS

Big Data in Healthcare Delivery: The Power of HEDIS

First in a Series

By Patrick K. Wier

This summer’s never ending debate on healthcare in the halls of Capitol Hill and the virtual halls on the internet is so complex it’s hard to wrap your head around. Why are costs so high? Why do there appear so many inefficiencies? The queries go on and on. One place to begin a greater understanding is the revolution that is taking hold in industry overall, however, at a slower pace in healthcare- big data.

Big Data: HEDIS
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Patients, providers, payors and vendors alike have a shared experience within the system through management of patient data in the form of huge stores of physical folders or electronic health records (EHR). Slowly and at large sums of investment practitioners are transitioning to one of the many forms of an EHR. This is an effort to capture the powerful effect of big data. Effectively utilized big data along with other interconnected electric devices the industry seeks to improve health outcomes while lowering costs associated with managing health conditions.

Leveraging technology to connect patients to providers to payors by linking multitudes of patient data while abiding by HIPPA regulations can bring about significant improvements in leading health complications like congestive heart failure, COPD and diabetes. Understanding patient information in a real time manner while learning constraints on the system can lead to more effective utilization of resources and reduce wasteful spending such as needless testing.

Payors and patients can learn which providers deliver greater results through established metric ratings developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). An example of this is seen in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) which collects performance measures across 80 different dimensions of care and service. Insurers are constantly collecting data and rating all providers across the country to assess the effectiveness of health care delivery. Through the use of this scoring system health systems are constantly squeezing increased value in business results aligned with improved health outcomes for numerous health complications.

In conclusion, as more and more providers switch to EHRs payors can adjust payout rates to practitioners and deliver improved health outcomes which ultimately trickles down to the patient. Big data is the driver of progress in the industry and needs to be considered in our national conversation and on Capitol Hill when assessing how we carry out one of the most costly concerns in all individuals and families.

What other means can big data serve and address current inefficiencies in the U.S. healthcare system?  Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.  We would love to hear from you.  You can also contact us at jerrydmann@dmanntraining.com

How to Make Your Resolutions Stick

by Gerald G. Mannikarote, MBBS MBA

 

It’s 4:36 in the morning, in the third week of the new year.  Do you know where your resolutions are?  What’s happened to them?

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It’s time to get after it
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Is it getting more and more difficult to get to the gym?  Is it getting more and more difficult to read your books?  Is it getting more and more difficult to stay away from the junk food?

Why is it so easy to make resolutions?  But why is it so difficult to stick with them?  It’s as if we make them just to break them.

Tons of media are built around people making resolutions.  Offers to get into new gyms.  Tips on how to eat right.  Pointers on how to sleep better.  Guides on how to save money.  All set around the ‘New Year, New Me’ mentality.

Over the years, I’ve stopped making resolutions.  I’ve realized they are often just lofty ideas.  Pie in the sky dreams.  And as someone once said, a dream without action remains a dream. What I prefer to do now is set goals.

Goal Setting

Goal!
Goal!

I have found that it is easier for me to set goals.  Goals allow me to have a finish line.  It allows me to have an end point.  It allows me turn my dreams into goals with action.

Goal setting allows you to create a defined end point that you want to achieve.  Many people make resolutions like, ‘I will lose weight this year’, ’I’ll eat healthier’, “I’ll sleep more”, or “I’ll save more money this year.”  These are great ideas, but there is no definite end point.  When you set a goal, you know where your end is.  So instead of the resolutions, you could make goals like, “I will lose 10 pounds by the end of the year”, “I will have a serving of steamed vegetables at least 3 times a week”, “I will sleep a minimum of 6 hours a night”, or “I will save at least $10 every week.”  By setting definite end points, you will be able to create a clearer vision of a path to get to your goal.

Action steps

By creating action, we turn our dreams into goals.  And eventually, those dreams can become reality.  Steps towards the goal make it easier to get to an end point.  It also makes it easier to see an end point.  You know your path to your goal.

In order to get to your destination, you need directions.  You get a map and plan out a route.  Or even if you have a GPS, you still are shown a planned path to take.  Coaches for various sports provide a game plan or plays so that the players know where should be or what they should do in order to get to the goal. Kate Byar has a great article on LinkedIn that provides insights on making small strides towards your goal.

Milestones or checkpoints

Milestones help us acknowledge that we are getting closer to our goal.  When you go on a trip and you see mile markers; informing you where you are and how far you’ve gone.  In the same way, when you create milestones, it will help you know where you are on your journey to your goal.

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Checkpoint

Review

Milestones or checkpoints also allow you to review your progress.  Every time you complete a milestone, you should take it as a small victory.  Reward yourself with the knowledge that you are one step closer to your goal.

Rewards

Set up a reward for yourself for hitting your goal.  As you move closer towards your goal, you should envision your reward along with goal.  A great example of this is with body builders.  They work very hard at maintaining nutrition and exercise, but reward themselves with a ‘cheat day’ after attaining certain milestones.

Accountability

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Accountability

Accountability may be tough for most of us.  I know that it is for me.  So I’ve employed accountability partners for me for my goals this year. .  I’ve joined a group of like minded folks.  Though it is online, we keep each other accountable.

You hear all the time, it’s easier to go to the gym with a buddy- you’ll motivate each other.  This is true for other goals as well.  I had a friend that once asked me to hold him accountable for his goal of getting out of debt.  He was very successful and is now happily out of debt.

Making it to the finish line

Once you get to the finish line and you achieve your goal, you will have a great feeling of accomplishment.  You may have even included a great reward at the end.  But after that it is over, you may realize that it was the journey to the goal that drove you.

It’s the journey that keeps all of us going.  It’s the journey that humankind desires.  And it’s the journey that will allow you to go further.  So, once you have achieved your goal, it is time to map out another one!  Because resolutions don’t stick, but our need for a journey, our need to find a path, our need to move forward, is what drives us to goals.

I hope these points help you get closer to sticking with your resolutions, or rather help you get closer to your goals.  What are some other ways that you feel can help you reach your goals?  Please leave your thoughts in the comments.  You can also contact me at jerrydmann@dmanntraining.com

GIVE ME 20!

Give Me 20!

By Tony Jewell

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you gave another 20% effort towards achieving your goal?  Let me explain.  Most people would say at the beginning of the New Year they have a goal they want to achieve.  But, what is your plan?  Are you even going to give it 100% effort?  Do you really think by just telling others you want something, that it will magically happen?  Well, most people do.

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Can you give 20%

So, last year I tried something. What would happen when I changed my Fitbit daily goal for steps from 10,000 to 12,000, a 20% increase?  Well, I can tell you without making any other changes I lost an additional 8 pounds.  I then began to think, what if I began to apply the 20% rule to other parts of my life?

  • What if I practiced putting 20% more, what would that do for my golf game?
  • What if I focused 20% more on my Top 20 customers (usually 80% of your business comes from your top 20% of customers)?
  • What if I spent 20% more effort on my personal relationships?
  • And this one might hurt but, what if I spent 20% less time on social media???

Please note, this does not mean just spending 20% time, this means 20% focused on this one goal!

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20% More!

Some interesting facts…

  • People who exercised during their workday were 23 percent more productive on those days than they were when they didn’t exercise, says a recent study from the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
  • A study in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory found that people learned vocabulary words 20 percent faster after intense exercise than after low-intensity activity.
  • At Google, the company allows 20 percent of an employee’s time to be spent to develop projects of their own interest.
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20% more for 2017

For the upcoming year, I want you to think about something…don’t think about doing more with less, think about doing more with what you have…GIVE ME YOUR 20!

Are You Achieving Perfection in Your Job?

Are You Achieving Perfection in Your Job?

By Gerald Jerry George MBBS MBA

 

Why be perfect in your job?  It will get you ahead, right?  Wrong!

Are you perfect at your job?
Are you perfect at your job?

It took me a while to understand this.  And when I say a while, I mean years.  I’ll explain why…

When I began my career in corporate America, I wanted to excel and prove myself.  I took on many projects- probably more than I should have.  I did this to look good in eyes of my bosses and peers.

The problem with this however, was at that time I equated being busy with being successful.  I was always working on something and took my work home.  I felt that being so busy was a sign of being successful- that I was somebody.

As I began to look more closely into my skill sets I began to question my busyness. Was I really that successful?  Was I really getting things done?

With self analysis and self appraisals, I began to better understand myself.  I also had great mentors that helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses.  It was through this I began to better understand why I was so busy.

I learned that I was busy not because of the number of projects I took on, but what I was doing in those projects.  I was looking for perfection.  Trying to attain perfection caused me to lose sight of the big picture and get bogged down in the details.

On further analysis of the pursuit of perfection, I realized that this was actually a form of procrastination.  I was using to perfectionism to mask any insecurities that I may have had regarding the projects I was working on… One more tweak and this will look better…  One more revision… One more adjustment… One more whatever…

By learning this about myself, I began to manage my time more efficiently.  I was able to get projects completed on time without having to add so much extra time before and after work hours.  I learned how to do things right without overwhelming myself.  And possibly the most important lesson here was that there was a difference between excellence and perfection.

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Choice: Wisdom or Perfectionism?

I had a friend that worked for another large multi-national company.  He showed me something that was often told to them at that company- ‘Done is better than perfect.’  I loved that.  I found it very profound.

Since then I’ve learned the difference between perfection and procrastination.  Good enough is not good enough, but trying to attain perfection is a never ending battle.  So I learned to do things right within the allotted time period- without trying to be perfect. I learned to pursue excellence and not perfection.  I also learned not to equate being busy with being successful. This helped me improve my productivity and reduce my procrastination.

So, I encourage you analyze your work habits.  Are you unnecessarily busy?  Are you using something like perfection to procrastinate? Have you ever discovered any habits you may have that are actually forms of procrastination?  Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.  You can also contact me at jerrydmann@dmanntraining.com

 

 

5 Reasons to Manage Your Time More Effectively

5 Reasons to Manage Your Time More Effectively

By Gerald Jerry George, MBBS MBA

5 Reasons to Manage Your Time Effectively
5 Reasons to Manage Your Time Effectively
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I remember when I first started my career.  It used to be very prestigious to be able to multi-task and fly by the seat of your pants.  Being very busy seemed to show that you were very successful.  It took me a long time to learn that busy-ness does not equate to productivity or success.  I also learned that by managing my time, I always had time to complete what was on my priority list.

Time management has become such a crucial skill that there are hundreds of books written about the subject.  There are myriads of courses on it.  But people still seem to have trouble with this particular skill.

With all this being said, why manage your time?  Here are 5 reasons:

  1. You can be more productive at work

By understanding what’s important at work, you can manage your time to tackle the important projects at work.  Those projects that are both important to you and your boss.  If your boss feels that TPS cover sheets are important, you can chalk out time to complete those.  And you can push fixing the copy machine to some other time that’s not occupied by what will get you ahead.

  1. You can work on your passion projects

You may have some projects at work that you are passionate about, but may not be considered important by the powers that be.  By managing your time, you can get your important tasks out of the way and schedule some time about the paper clip inventory that you are so passionate about.  This way the bosses can get their TPS cover sheets and you can complete your paper clip inventory.

  1. You can pursue a hobby

So, we are often driven to succeed that we are often the first in the office and last to leave.  In my opinion, this is poor management of time.  If you manage your time wisely, you can leave the office on time and get to your paper clip collection at home.

  1. You can have more time for your friends and family

As in the last point, time management does not end at the office.  By managing your time, you can enjoy more time with your friends and family.  You will be able to schedule time to people that matter most to you.

  1. You can take care of yourself

Often times, very busy people say they don’t have time to exercise.  I remember when President George Bush Jr was in office, I learned that he scheduled time to exercise every day.  In the same article, it said that if the President of the United States can find time to exercise, so can you.  By managing your time, you can take care of the most important asset you have- yourself.  Schedule time to exercise (mental and physical) and to eat right.   This will help you move forward in all aspects of your life.

So these 5 points show you some good reasons to invest in time management.  What are some other reasons you should manage your time?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.  You can also contact me at jerrydmann@dmanntraining.com