How healthcare changes through the use of analytical tools

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The functional model for evaluating the effectiveness of the health system is changing. From the approach based on the number of services offered, we move towards medical care based on the value or effectiveness of the treatment (so-called value – Based Healthcare). In this new model, it is important both to provide better quality in terms of patient health care and to spend resources efficiently on care.

In the context of the above changes, an important role is played by advanced analytical systems that support physicians and healthcare managers – both in terms of current plans and operational processes. Below are some contexts in which data analysis supports physicians and health centers.

Patient safety first

In Sweden, around 1,500 people die each year from hospital infections, and an additional 750 days of hospitalization cost EUR 650 million. In Denmark, every tenth patient is infected during hospitalization.

However, the magnitude of these phenomena can be significantly limited. The hospital in Lillebælt, Denmark, which has been using SAS Analytics for several years to monitor and reduce the phenomenon of nosocomial infections, found out. By combining data available in different systems – incl. F

rom the patient’s system, laboratory data, information on administered antibiotics or textual data contained in doctors ‘and nurses’ notes – the hospital improves its processes and can provide better care to patients at risk of nosocomial infection . This risk is determined by a patient-based algorithm and the history of infections in that hospital.