At Medtronic, through our Medtronic Health Systems Advantage team, we are helping providers compile their data into meaningful analysis per episode of care. Take hysterectomies as an example. In one institution alone, we found over $5,000 in variability among the physicians performing a laparoscopic hysterectomy. We discovered there was significant variability in products utilized, whether that was the type of draping material being used or the number of products, as well as the length of surgery time and length of stay.
With the data in hand, all members of the clinical team met together and were able to identify the variability across the entire episode. We worked together to get all care providers on the same page and increase standardization moving forward.
Supplier partnerships can deliver professionals who not only understand the disease states, and who are also very experienced in business best practices such as lean and six sigma, as well as clinical and hospital administration. Through our partnerships, providers are released of the burden to complete these data analyses for themselves,, as well as collaborate on managing and implementing successful change. When time is precious and healthcare is a matter of lives, such partnerships can make a true difference, in care, cost and quality. Find out more at http://www.covidien.com/surgical/services/mhsa.