Healthcare organizations collect a lot of data. However, just because they have access to it, doesn't always mean they get the most value from it.
“More is not always better. Often, too much data can be overwhelming. Our clients have access to a lot of valuable information through Cerner Advance, Lights On, and other sources, to improve their operations, but the sheer amount of data can be difficult to sort through,” said Travis Pierce, Director of Client Insights at Oracle Cerner. “We want to help healthcare leaders make data more actionable so they can better prioritize initiatives.”
Now that data can more easily help health care leaders. At the annual Oracle Cerner Health Conference, Oracle Health General Manager Travis Dalton announced a new dashboard in Cerner Advance that provides health system key metrics around efficiency, productivity, patient experience, and financial health to help identify opportunities for improvement, formulate correction strategies, and track progress.
Aggregated data helps prioritize areas for improvement
The Health Dashboard uses operational and clinical data within the EHR and surfaces metrics to objectively guide your decisions about which projects to prioritize. It also allows clients to compare their organization’s performance to the combined performance of other healthcare organizations using Cerner Millennium® products. From there, clients can examine detailed information and use the other dashboards to learn about best practices and suggestions for EHR features that can help you make progress.
The Health Dashboard in Cerner Advance was developed with input from Oracle Cerner clients, including the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation based in Missouri.
“Assuring the end user is getting the best experience possible from our Health IT systems relies on having a robust analytics platform to measure daily success as well as visualize progress toward longer-term system goals,” said Thomas J. Selva, M.D, FAAP, DABPM-CI, CMIO & Medical Director for the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, and a Professor of Child Health within the University of Missouri Health System. “The new health dashboard brings the Oracle Cerner data sources together in one place. This can help speed up determining where to focus our attention and allow us to easily track progress.”
Evaluate key metrics to improve healthcare
The quadruple aim provides the basis for categorization and groups the metrics in the dashboard into value driver categories.
“The quadruple aim helps to align us to the most important goals in healthcare and creates a common language to categorize and articulate value with our clients,” described Pierce.
Current value driver categories include:
- Work experience: These metrics can help clients formulate strategies to improve the work life and productivity of clinicians and staff (example: time spent in EHR).
- Health outcomes: Review data that can help organizations develop action plans to improve patient health and wellness while strengthening care coordination and quality (example: high risk of opioid overdose).
- Financial stability: Assess metrics that can help clients analyze financial goals around revenue capture, cost containment, and revenue cycle management (example: accounts receivable over 90 days old).
- Patient experience: View metrics that can help advance patient experience and satisfaction (example: average visit times).
Continuing to improve healthcare
The health dashboard is intended to be a living and breathing tool.
“As we improve together, items can evolve, and we’ll direct attention to other areas of focus and need. We’ll continue to refine and improve the ability to describe, diagnose, and identify solutions for these key areas,” Pierce said.
Learn more about Cerner Advance and the new health dashboard.