Comprehensive COVID-19 Analytics: A Step Forward Today and Forever

Comprehensive COVID-19 Analytics: A Step Forward Today and Forever

Improving the pandemic response – and patient lives – with comprehensive analytics that overcome health care data obstacles.

On any given day in health care organizations across America, physicians are analyzing test results, pharmacists are calculating medication dosages and executives are monitoring performance data. Surrounded by information from various technologies, they use data to drive their work. While every organization aims to be data-driven and most understand that making decisions without data can lead to poor outcomes, the pandemic health emergency has exposed the persistent data obstacles that have been known for some time.

So, how can we enable data-driven operations and leadership during a time of crisis – when leaders and clinicians are tethered to the constraints of the system?

Recalibrate Data Needs

A growing concern during the COVID-19 pandemic is how to use data to minimize the impact on communities to prevent and manage the epidemic spread. While no one can deny the lack of testing as a supply chain problem, its impacts have led to a data problem, a knowledge problem. And, lack of valid laboratory data was just the start of a myriad of data obstacles that continue to challenge us – first responders relying on fragmented communication methods to determine placement, primary care providers are delayed in learning when a patient becomes a confirmed case and we still do not know where diagnosed patients are in the system.

Explicitly defining differences between where we are today and where we want to be, from a health data standpoint, we’ve seen a persistent need for data that is…

The three big data needs: 

Getting to Work

On a mission to make healthcare more data-driven, we have been providing analytics to equip health care to be successful every day, including special-cause anomalies like a pandemic. COVID-19 provided the opportunity for us to leverage our experience and capabilities to support response efforts in the best way we know how.

COMPREHENSIVE. Our COVID-19 solution assembles and normalizes data from different sources, drawing on multiple stakeholders’ technologies, data sources and formats. Using agnostic data ingestion for analytics overcomes many of limitations of single data source analytics like portraying only a limited view of the patient and not having the most up to date, accurate health information. At a high-level, today, this looks like ingesting data from different data sources to create a single source of truth platform that supports use cases across the ecosystem. 

NEHII Universe (Covid-19 App)
HIE, PDMP, Labs, Publicly Available Data, Private Data Sets, Enterprise resource planning systems, Self-assessment tools, claims

TIMELY.  Data is not just a way to trend past performance, it’s a vital way to understand in real-time what is really going on and avoid complications by detecting and solving issues in the moment. Real-time analytics to identify hot spots, understand current progress and health system capacity are of great importance. Without timely data, it is very difficult for providers and authorities to understand and react to the ever-changing conditions. Our dashboards provide real-time insight for users to make data-driven decisions in the moment.

ADT Dashboard
Bed occupancy: emergency department, ICU

EFFECTIVE. With a focus on meeting diverse stakeholder needs, we listened to the pain points being described to guide our development process. This involved co-designing and validating metrics, visualizations and frequencies to seamlessly support workflows – a process that only happens with strong partnership. This has included the development of a variety of analytics, like COVID-19 Rosters which reveals positive cases’ medical histories and clinical characteristics to flag pandemic health trends, as well as creating payer risk reports that go beyond internal health plan datasets to identify patients of higher risk of contracting severe forms of the condition.

Public health. health and human services, providers, payers, accountable care organizations, health systems, first responders

Using data to understand, be nimble to change and improve is applicable every day, whether in a time of crisis or not. COVID-19 has the U.S. healthcare system and the persistent data challenges on center stage. KPI Ninja has been working with providers and teams since 2014 to address interoperability obstacles to create actionable insights. We feel a deep responsibility to leverage our capabilities to accelerate the fight against the pandemic for today and better health care for tomorrow.

Renee Towne

About the Author
Renee Towne
VP of Population Health at KPI Ninja, Inc.
Renee provides operational leadership of quality initiatives at KPI Ninja. Towne has a background in occupational therapy, education and experience in operational excellence across a variety of healthcare domains. Based on prior experience as a clinician that drove outcomes patient by patient, she is leaving a larger footprint by improving health care more comprehensively, population by population.

About KPI Ninja
KPI Ninja is a data analytics company that helps healthcare organizations accelerate their quality, safety, and financial goals with a unique combination of software and service. We are differentiated by our signature mix of technology, performance management consulting and healthcare expertise. We don’t merely offer software solutions but work shoulder to shoulder with clients to help them draw on the power of analytics and continuous improvement methodologies to become more efficient. In harmony with our data-centered ethos, we truly believe that our success is strongly co-related with yours.

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