Pediatrix Base CaseBy David F. Carr | Posted 2003-10-01 Print
The medical group turns notes into data that can be analyzed and compares results of its infant care facilities.
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.
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.
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