Category Archives: Data Analytics

Do Behavioral Health Visits Correspond to the Full Moon?

March 26, 2015  |  David White

We’ve always heard that behavioral health emergency department visits correspond to the full moon. Because a literature review found no significant correlation, we decided to delve into the data to see for ourselves. Our quick and dirty informal analysis revealed some surprising conclusions. We gleaned arrival patterns for 120,000 behavioral health patients from two emergency… | Read More

Obesity Prevalence Trends and the Impact on Emergency Department Utilization

September 10, 2014  |  David White

To continue our discussion of Emergency Department utilization and regional utilization trends, today we examine the adult obesity rate data published last week by the CDC. These results suggested some interesting insights, including the fact that the two states with the highest self-reported adult obesity rates also have the highest statewide ED use rates (visits… | Read More

Emergency Department Utilization: Visualizing Geographic Patterns and Anticipating Future Trends

August 18, 2014  |  David White and Michelle Mader

Most hospital administrators question the future impact of the ACA on Emergency Department (ED) visits and resulting treatment space need. Will volumes continue to grow in spite of ACA reforms? Nationwide ED volumes grew 16% in the past twelve years. Round-the-clock access, inexpensive co-pays, diagnostic convenience, and medical home scarcity contributed to this growth rate…. | Read More

Average Daily Census is a Myth

August 6, 2014  |  Delia Caldwell

The old joke about how even a broken clock is right two times a day has a lesson for hospitals — and in particular, one of the time-honored metrics they use. The average daily census (ADC) is derived by taking an average across all times of the day and night — numbers that often vary… | Read More

There Are No Outliers in Healthcare Benchmarking … Only Real People

July 15, 2014  |  Delia Caldwell, MBA

For emergency departments engaged in healthcare benchmarking, it might seem natural to focus on tracking median statistics for patient care — such as Time to Provider and Length of Stay for Discharged and Admitted patients. But relying solely on median numbers, in my experience, tells only part of the story — and a slightly skewed… | Read More

Increasing Surgical Capacity without Construction

July 2, 2014  |  David White

During a recent engagement, we worked with a surgical department that was utilizing 24 operating rooms that were operating at close to full capacity (80% – 85%) during the peak periods of the day. And both the Pre Procedure and Same Day PACU were experiencing over 90% utilization during the busiest times. Volumes were projected… | Read More

An Analysis of VA Wait Time Data

June 27, 2014  |  David White

On June 9 the VA released the results from the “Accelerating Access to Care Initiative,” which includes wait time data for scheduling Primary Care, Specialties and Mental Health appointments for New and Established Patients. However, data is only as good as the usability of its format. We found it helpful to create an interactive graphic… | Read More

Why Should a Facilities Director Care About Operations?

June 24, 2014  |  David White

With aging facilities and underfunded infrastructure projects, directors of healthcare facilities are looking for ways to maximize capital. Counterintuitively, one source of significant savings in both facility construction and operating budgets is outside the typical purview of the facilities department: improving the delivery of care and flow. When the low-hanging fruit has already been picked,… | Read More