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Louisiana hospital works with Health Catalyst to improve analytics

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Woman's Hospital, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based expert on pregnancy and childbirth, has selected Health Catalyst, a provider of next-generation data, analytics, and decision support, to help improve the health of the communities it serves. 

The hospital will implement the Health Catalyst Data Operating System (DOS) to solve the problem of information systems that hold critical data in silos, inhibiting population-based health management and holding back the coordination of care across communities.

Woman's Hospital is a private, nonprofit organization that is committed to being the national leader in women's and family-centered care, achieved through innovation, evidence-based practices, and strategic partnerships.

The hospital’s engagement with Health Catalyst began as a quality improvement consulting project that built the foundation for outcomes improvement.  As the organization began launching several population health initiatives, the hospital’s leadership recognized an increased need to consolidate data and leverage advanced analytics techniques.

The hospital selected Health Catalyst's DOS platform based on the success of the consulting project, as well as the recommendation of another Louisiana customer of the company.

Most physician practices in the Baton Rouge region document and track patient care using third-party electronic health records (EHR) and related software applications that often fail to communicate with each other. However, the lack of interoperable IT systems makes it difficult to coordinate the care of discharged patients.

DOS, along with Health Catalyst's health information exchange capabilities, will enable Woman's Hospital staff to more effectively communicate and coordinate care across a wide variety of IT systems.

DOS transforms raw data from virtually any data source into “deep data”—data that is meaningful, actionable, and provides actual business value. According to Health Catalyst, DOS accomplishes this by integrating and analyzing critical data from over 200 of the most widely-used data sources, including Woman's Meditech EHR, and delivering real-time decision support within the existing workflows of clinicians, administrators and other healthcare professionals.

Woman’s Hospital is committed to improving the health of its patient population and, with Health Catalyst, it has found a long-term partner that can assist in building a data-driven culture for continuous and sustained process improvement, said Stephanie H. Anderson, CPA, MBA, Woman's Hospital's executive vice president and chief operating officer. Peter Drucker famously said that if you can't measure it, you can't improve it, and with Health Catalyst the hospital believes it will have the knowledge, tools, and experience to utilize its data to measure and drive sustainable improvement in clinical, financial, and operational outcomes, she added.

Under the agreement, Woman's will have access to Health Catalyst's library of technology solutions built on the DOS platform, and content culled from the company's outcomes-improvement work with health systems across the country. Health Catalyst applications address the most pressing concerns of healthcare organizations, including managing population health; gaining a comprehensive view of the true cost of care; empowering executive decision support with a dashboard view of enterprise-wide performance; benchmarking and prioritizing improvement opportunities; and monitoring, detecting, predicting and preventing threats to patient safety, before harm can occur.    

For more information, go to www.healthcatalyst.com.

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