Case Studies - Transforming Care

  • Case Study:

    ACCELERATING GI BEST PRACTICES

    After a staff meeting, several GI experts gathered in a hospital breakroom. As the physicians discussed their cases, one doctor, Dr. Michael, suggested that his technique for a particular procedure provided his patients with shorter lengths of stay. After listening, his colleagues disagreed, sure that their own techniques were best practice reflecting the state of the art. Following a friendly but heated debate, another physician opened MDmetrix on her laptop to settle the question of “Michael versus the World.” In three minutes, the answer was clear: Dr. Michael was right; his technique resulted not only shorter stays but also better outcomes across the board. Armed with this evidence, his colleagues switched to his improved technique, and the hospital’s quality of care improved at an accelerated rate.

  • Case Study:

    CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVING PATIENT CARE WITH RAPID IMPROVEMENT CYCLES

    A hospital asked its physicians to improve outcomes for key metrics across the hospital’s most common, and most carefully managed, surgery cases. Utilizing MDmetrix, the clinicians quickly identified opportunities to improve their protocols using real world evidence. Rather than simply implementing those changes, however, the physicians leveraged MDmetrix to iterate: they made protocol changes, and studied the results with MDmetrix a few weeks later … then made more protocol changes, and again studied the results with MDmetrix … then made more changes… Ultimately, this new paradigm of continuous, rapid improvement yielded dramatically better outcomes for the hospital’s patients, while saving substantial costs and freeing up ICU beds for additional cases.

  • Case Study:

    TRANSFORMING INDIVIDUAL PHYSICIAN PRACTICE

    An experienced anesthesiologist, Dr. King-Wai, worked hard to stay abreast of the latest developments in his field, and he was confident that his TAP block for hernia repairs provided best-practice care. But, he was stuck using anecdotal methods to evaluate the effectiveness of his techniques; while he could call up a detailed EMR record for an individual patient, he had no practical way to examine outcomes across his many cases. With MDmetrix, Dr. King-Wai quickly used real-world data to assess his practice – in just two minutes, he compared his outcomes with results across his health system. To his surprise, Dr. King-Wai learned that his hernia patients were in fact suffering higher pain scores and longer stays than patients treated by his colleagues. So, Dr. King-Wai used MDmetrix to identify that Dr. Carmen had the best hernia results, and he observed and copied her alternative Ilioinguinal block technique. Now, Dr. King-Wai’s patients consistently experience lower pain and shorter stays, and Dr. King-Wai uses MDmetrix to continuously improve his practice.