Combine your Powers of AI-enabled Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Expert Systems for Maximum Return

Written by Justin Schaper, Chief Technology Officer and Megan Bultema, Chief Data Scientist Artificial Intelligence or AI is revolutionizing healthcare data analytics and changing the way we predict, learn, and act based on insights gained through AI-powered data models. At Empiric Health, we have learned that solving healthcare problems requires multiple types of solutions and […]

Empiric Health: Using Analytics to Unlock Improvements in Surgery (BurstIQ)

Empiric Health’s partner, BurstIQ, highlights how using the BurstIQ Platform has enabled us to deploy an innovative AI-driven clinical analytics suite in order to identify unwarranted clinical variation, improve patient outcomes and increase the affordability of surgery. Empiric’s core methodology refines surgical cases into well-defined buckets, like Granny Smith apples to Granny Smith apples, and […]

The Untapped Waste in Healthcare Supply Chain is Physician-centric

Written by David Heath and Dan Pietrusinski   According to a recent Modern Healthcare article and Navigant study, hospitals have a $25.7 billion cost savings opportunity – equating to an individual hospital savings of up to $12.1 million per year or the equivalent of 165 registered nurses.1 This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to […]

Doctor Preference Cards: A Recipe for Success

Written by Ann Putnam, RN, MSN, CNOR Every day all types of surgeries are scheduled and carried out in operating rooms across the country. How do the staff know the unique surgeon preferences for each of the procedures on the surgery schedule? How does the perioperative team know what to open and when to hold […]

It’s not just about WASTE in healthcare, it’s also about TRASH

Written by Scott Christensen, MBA, Client Service Executive   According to a recent JAMA review, the cost of waste in the U.S. healthcare system ranges from $760 billion to $935 billion annually.[1] This waste is attributed to administration complexity, pricing, failure of care delivery, overtreatment or low-value care, fraud and abuse, and effectiveness of care […]

Why Healthcare Data Fails to be Information

And How to Build Actionable Insights from Healthcare Data Written by Megan Bultema, Ph.D., Chief Data Scientist and Ben Doremus, B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Data Scientist DATA ≠ INFORMATION It is rare to find a modern healthcare system which does not purport to make “Evidence based decisions.” Even the most primitive surgical settings […]

Four Lessons for Working with Surgeons

Written by Wendy Gort, MBA, Data Scientist/Analyst   In my twelve years of experience as a healthcare data analyst, I’ve discovered that working with surgeons can be incredibly rewarding, yet equally challenging.  I’ve worked with many different types of clinicians, and while they all possess admirable qualities, I have grown to appreciate the unique relationship […]

Cohorts: Using More Meaningful Data to Identify Unwarranted Clinical Variation

Written by Megan Bultema, Ph.D., Chief Data Scientist Healthcare systems across the country rely on data to help solve one of the largest challenges they face — how to improve the value of the care they deliver to patients by reducing cost and improving quality. Data, however, is not a magic wand, and traditional ways of […]

Data Scientist Beware – Your Models Aren’t That Good – Here’s Why

Written by Damian Minglez, Chief Data Scientist, SwitchPoint Ventures and Empiric Data Science Team Many organizations think all Data Scientists are created equal (after all, they all have the same bag of tricks) and companies apply pressure to put models into production. Unfortunately, many Data Scientists are not challenged to justify their results and the organization […]

Improving Surgical Outcomes with Analytics Enabled Consulting

The Big Data era has ushered in a new wave of technology to help healthcare systems stabilize costs and drive better patient outcomes. The complexity of healthcare systems requires a combination of knowledge, technology and strategy to significantly impact costs and outcomes – especially in perioperative departments, which are a major cost driver for hospitals. […]