HEALTH CATALYST: Health Catalyst Congratulates Thibodaux Regional Medical Center on Winning National Patient Safety Innovation Award

Health Catalyst issued the following announcement on Feb. 21.

Health Catalyst, Inc. a leader in next-generation data, analytics, and decision support, today congratulated Louisiana’s Thibodaux Regional Medical Center on being named the Top Innovation winner in the first annual Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (PSQH) Innovation Award. The new awards program recognizes healthcare organizations that overcome quality improvement challenges related to patient safety.

Thibodaux Regional, a 180-bed regional medical center with more than 1,200 employees and 250 physicians on its medical staff, was given the top honors for its work in transforming its orthopedic care processes, especially around total hip (THA) and total knee (TKA) arthroplasty. THA and TKA are the most prevalent surgeries for Medicare patients in the United States, with more than 400,000 cases in 2014 at a cost of more than $7 billion annually for hospitalization.

The first annual PSQH Innovation Awards recognize healthcare organizations who have overcome quality improvement challenges. Organizations receiving honorable mentions in the awards program were Intermountain Healthcare, in Salt Lake City; University of Kansas Health System, in Kansas City; Jersey Community Hospital, in Jerseyville, IL; and Seattle Children’s Hospital, in Seattle.

In recognizing Thibodaux Regional, judges from PSQH cited the organization’s use of its previously implemented enterprise data warehouse and broad suite of analytics applications to identify opportunities for improvement, resulting in a 76.5 percent relative reduction in the complication rate for total hip and knee replacements while achieving more than $815,000 in cost savings in less than two years. Additional results lauded by PSQH included:

5 percent relative reduction in length of stay (LOS) for patients with total hip replacements

3 percent relative reduction in LOS for patients with total knee replacements, due to improved patient education, early mobilization, and decreased use of opioids

Consistently high levels of patient satisfaction

“As the population continues to age overall and more individuals reach retirement age, total hip and knee replacement surgeries are expected to grow rapidly,” said Dan Burton, CEO of Health Catalyst. “The significant, measurable improvements, both clinically and financially, that Thibodaux Regional achieved shows how data and analytics can be used to rework processes and workflows to drive consistency, reduce variation and waste, and ultimately create a better patient experience from beginning to end.”

A Care Transformation Orthopedic Team was formed at Thibodaux Regional to research evidence-based best practices across multiple disciplines and evaluated various strategies to improve patient safety, reduce complication rates and strengthen patient education. Once its transformation adjustments were in place, the team used its analytics application to provide near-real-time data, creating valuable insights into complication rates, average variable cost, LOS, compliance with its newly defined pre- and post-operative processes, and patient satisfaction. The surgical team could immediately see the impact of their work on outcomes, which increased stakeholder commitment and willingness to change.

The Care Transformation Orthopedic Team is now exploring additional opportunities to decrease costs in the operating room, including development of a new initiative called WellFit that integrates medical care with wellness to give participants the highest-quality, most-active lifestyle possible to optimize the participant’s strengths while lowering medical risks.

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