Analytics tool helps radiology practices boost performance
Radiology practices now can use a clinical data analytics tool that aims to help managers improve practice decisions and actions in a variety of critical performance areas.
Healthcare Administrative Partners, which provides quality, productivity and revenue cycle management solutions, has released the product, called Deep Dive Analytics, which contains two modules. The incidental findings module mines radiology clinical data, while the practice productivity and quality maximization module queries dictated reports to improve patient care and operational efficiency.
Deep Dive Analytics was jointly developed by the company and radiology practices, says Jane Knox, the company’s president.
Radiology practices struggle to ensure that patients with medical concerns receive follow up care. For example, a recent study cited in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that 71 percent of patients with incidental lung nodule findings don’t return for additional care.
“We realized that, as a specialty, radiology could do more to solve widespread problems in care coordination,” Knox says. “We found the solution within the data available at most hospital-based practices, and in our ability to put that information into action in the form of a communication process to reduce leakage.”
Using custom algorithms, the company’s analytics application mines radiology clinical data and identifies those patients with lung nodules detected during earlier encounters who should be undergoing follow-up evaluation based on current treatment guidelines.
This data is then directed to an automated business process that notifies the patients and primary care physicians via mail at specific intervals about the recommendation for follow-up care, as determined by the size of the nodule detected. The solution also tracks patient response and the status of the nodule once the follow-up screening occurs.
With the incidental findings module, Deep Dive Analytics also enables radiology groups to identify those patients who received a removable IVC filter from one of that group’s interventional radiologists, but who have not returned for the removal procedure via any provider within the health system. Notification letters are then sent to patients and primary care physicians encouraging return visits for evaluation.
Liver, renal, kidney, and thyroid profiles are all slated for addition to the incidental findings module within the next several months.
The second core module of Deep Dive Analytics provides practice productivity and care quality improvement features via one-click access to relevant, actionable intelligence. The intent is to help practice managers make the best decisions with the data contained within its electronic records, the company says.