Utilizing Analytics to Optimize Blood Bank Productivity
What are the key roles and major categories of analytics in blood management programs? It really begins, as you would imagine, with the blood bank itself. It’s important to optimize the productivity of how the blood bank operates, and inventory management on the supply side as well as in terms of wastage. Blood banks need to make sure to have the right types of blood products available.
Clinical utilization analytics that deliver both evidence-based guidelines and peer comparisons for the physicians are at the core of it all. Managers need to be able to look for patterns and detect outliers, and see utilization by service line and hospital unit in order to prevent confounders. More sophisticated analytics are required, and it’s important to provide peer-to-peer comparison because guidelines vary.
As well as having the utilization analysis, you want to be monitoring clinician and service lines individually over time. The data needs to be semi-real-time, and it needs to be able to be sliced and diced by any different time range. And again, you need to be able to measure the impact of your programs to know what needs to be iterated on, what’s working, and what’s not working.
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