South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday April 14, 2021

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June 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 12


How to Get Access to Your Local Healthcare Market Data

For those of you who don’t know, Florida has a unique patient database that can tell you what’s happening in Florida health care from a geographic, demographic, clinical, competitive, financial and physician standpoint. In other words, you can find out the five health care business Ws—who, what, when, where and why.

What is not an easy task is putting all of this data together so that it (a) makes sense; (b) can be easily used by data consumers in your hospital (which should be about everyone); (c) generates information fast; and (d) is cost-effective. Medi-Dat can help you solve these issues and more.
Simply put, Medi-Dat is an online health care executive decision support system that turns data into actionable information. In our 20 years of experience, we have found clients want simplicity. If a software system is not simple, what usually happens is one person in the hospital/organization becomes the "go to" person. When data consumers have to rely on one person, your requests can be held up by sickness, scheduling conflicts, communication errors, report errors and even employee termination. The worst case scenario is that decision-makers get frustrated and quit asking for information.
Medi-Dat is simple to use. If you’ve used a spreadsheet, then you’ll have no problem using the Medi-Dat system. In fact, Medi-Dat goes beyond using a spreadsheet. Users can interact with data on all levels, which means all of your answers can be generated from one screen and a couple of clicks. Anyone in your hospital/facility will be able to access the system online and pull information relevant to their project...and have it done in seconds. It really doesn’t get any easier.
Here are some examples of how hospitals are using the Medi-Dat system to help leverage their resources:
Reaching Out to Data Consumers: We have a health care system client in Kentucky that replaced an expensive decision support software system with Medi-Dat. Prior to using Medi-Dat, a vice president of planning was generating reports for other departments. As time and awareness progressed, requests were scheduled on a regular basis. Reports were constantly being regenerated because of communication errors, report layout errors and more detailed requirements, leaving the vice president with very little time to do his own work.
With Medi-Dat, the health care system was able to easily get all of its data consumers online with their own accounts. Within one hour, department heads were able to generate their own reports and manipulate the data according to their specifics. Medi-Dat also improved data reliability because all users were accessing the same database. Now when C-level executives meet, all attendees are on the same page.
Disseminating Information: An 800-bed hospital in Dayton, Ohio is a very proactive data client. Their strategic planning department uses Medi-Dat to quickly generate a quarterly competitive report to all clinical departments. For example, a cardiac department gets a report that compares their patient discharges, length of stay and charge information to other hospitals in the area. According to the different departments, this has set up a competitive environment among employees. Much like sports rivalries, there is constant talk of how to improve on certain procedures, and employees have become more aware of clinical expectations in their service areas. Because of the positive response from competitive reports, upper management has bought into the fact that strategic planning has a huge impact on the success of the hospital and is starting to use this model with physicians.
Saving Millions of Dollars: We worked with a 150-bed hospital in Delaware, Ohio, whose CEO wanted to build a sports medicine complex on their campus. This acquisition would cost millions to build and about another million or two to support each year. With Medi-Dat, we were able to bring up every orthopedic patient (inpatient and outpatient) in the state of Ohio. We drilled down into the data to find out that only 14 percent of Delaware county residents were utilizing the local hospital for orthopedic services. The large majority of patients were migrating to Columbus hospitals, in particular, Ohio State University Orthopedic Center. Obviously, the number of patients in Delaware could not support a sports medicine clinic. In this instance, Medi-Dat was able to predict project outcomes based on past (and present) orthopedic trends.
So how can Medi-Dat benefit your organization? If you would like the opportunity to see if our Medi-Dat system would be a good fit for your hospital or health care entity, we would be more than happy to schedule a 10-minute Webinar to provide more information. You can also contact us by calling (888) 858-7177 or visit
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