Pediatrix Base Case

By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2003-10-01 Print this article Print

The medical group turns notes into data that can be analyzed and compares results of its infant care facilities.

Company: Pediatrix


The percentage of neonatal intensive care units the company operates that reported improved weight gains for premature infants after a year of participation in a targeted quality improvement program.

Business: Operates neonatal intensive care units in hospitals across the country. Also provides obstetrics and health screening services.

Headquarters: Sunrise, Fla.

Key Business Executive: Barry Bloom, M.D., director of the Institute for Clinical Improvement

Key Technology Manager: Bob Bryant, vice president of technology

Project: Enhance a system intended for clinical note-taking in individual hospitals, using it to feed a central database that can then be scrutinized for clues on how to improve research and quality of care.

Objectives: Gather data once for multiple purposes; produce a legible clinical record for hospital reports, regulatory reports and research projects; and improve the health of infants.

Technology Used: NeoData from MetaSoft Systems; Microsoft's Access, Visual Basic, and SQL Server.

Lesson for Big Companies: Even processes that aren't automated can be improved by analyzing data about the outcomes of those processes.

David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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