The success of the DRG project instigated a broader look at other opportunities to improve utilization in the hospital. Danbury is now looking horizontally at its costs, inspecting radiology and laboratory—specifically CAT scans and blood tests—to identify where resources can be conserved. Danbury will also investigate the pharmacy formulary, to see if less expensive drugs can be substituted when appropriate. More diagnoses are being added to the project, and complementary technology like supply chain products are being purchased to supplement the IT efforts.
Miller sees this project fitting into Danbury’s larger goals to set up a pay for performance incentive for its hospitalists and to create an accountable care organization to help collect data in one platform across the continuum of care. “A lot of information technology in healthcare is very good at what happened to that patient but is not good at trending,” says Miller. “It doesn’t say what we do with all the other diabetics.”
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