Opportunity for Improvement
Blood transfusion is the most common inpatient medical procedure in the United States. Correspondingly, blood products are one of the largest line items in a laboratory’s multimillion-dollar budget. What’s more, studies show that 40 to 60 percent of transfusions are unnecessary.
With so many transfusions being done by many different practitioners, it is difficult to assess the impact of blood transfusions on patient outcomes.
One of the early challenges this health system faced was getting consistent, reliable data on which to base its blood utilization analyses. Without a common set of data points and a shared measurement methodology, they were unable to track improvement effectively.
Our Work’s Impact
This integrated health system has been partnering with Accumen for the past two years to improve operational performance across its imaging service line. During the diagnostic phase, Accumen’s imaging excellence team revealed opportunities for significant improvement in service line optimization and supply chain management.
The results achieved through the imaging excellence partnership allowed the system to redeploy current staff and increase staff productivity and equipment utilization. The integrated health system was able to expand patient access to women’s imaging appointments by 44 percent. The health system was also able to eliminate its two-week backlog and can now schedule women for these lifesaving screenings more quickly.
Customized analytics created significant awareness and opportunity to drive savings, totaling 17 percent so far. Patient, staff, and physician satisfaction have improved as well. Accumen’s clinical imaging experience provided value and helped build a strong relationship founded on trust, which will continue to pay dividends as the partnership progresses into the future.