Nashville Health Tech Leaders Discuss Data Analyzation at Local Event | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Nashville Health Tech Leaders Discuss Data Analyzation at Local Event

March 16, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

During a recent panel discussion on the future of healthcare, Jonathan Perlin, M.D., chief medical officer at Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, emphasized that learning from and analyzing medical data will be critical to improving patient outcomes.

The discussion two weeks ago was part of the event, Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care of the Future: Data Science” breakfast at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal last week. Perlin was joined on stage by a panel of Nashville healthcare and tech leaders, as they discussed how healthcare data is being analyzed.

As the report stated, Perlin said during the session, “The question is not whether hospital systems are creating data, it is whether they are learning from it. One area where HCA has used data to improve care is in preventing infections.”

HCA’s chief medical officer noted that one in every 20 patients who come into the hospital will leave with an infection that they didn’t have upon entering. This results in 80,000 deaths per year, he said. As such, HCA leaders believed they needed to capture the data from three competing treatments as 75,000 patients at 43 hospitals entered intensive care units.

As explained in the report, the first approach was to screen patients for MRSA infections and, if they tested positive, they would be treated in isolation. The second was to isolate MRSA-positive patients and give them an anti-septic sponge bath and nose antibiotic. And the final treatment was to skip the screenings and give all patients an anti-septic sponge bath and nose antibiotic.

The study found that the third treatment reduced MRSA by 37 percent and cut life-threatening blood stream infections by 44 percent, Perlin said. He added that it was the first large-scale implementation of computerized data to answer a healthcare problem.

It was just one example of how healthcare data is being analyzed on a global scale, Perlin said.

Read the entire story in the Nashville Business Journal here.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Healthcare Execs Anticipate High Cost Returns from Predictive Analytics Use

Healthcare executives are dedicating budget to predictive analytics, and are forecasting significant cost savings in return, according to new research from the Illinois-based Society of Actuaries.

Adam Boehler Tapped by Azar to Serve as Senior Value-Based Care Advisor

Adam Boehler, currently director of CMMI, has also been named the senior advisor for value-based transformation and innovation, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced.

Vivli Launches Clinical Research Data-Sharing Platform

On July 19 a new global data-sharing and analytics platform called Vivli was unveiled. The nonprofit group’s mission is to promote, coordinate and facilitate scientific sharing and reuse of clinical research data.

Survey: More Effective IT Needed to Improve Patient Safety

In a Health Catalyst survey, physicians, nurses and healthcare executives said ineffective information technology, and the lack of real-time warnings for possible harm events, are key obstacles to achieving their organizations' patient safety goals.

Physicians Still Reluctant to Embrace Virtual Tech, Survey Finds

While consumers and physicians agree that virtual healthcare holds great promise for transforming care delivery, physicians still remain reluctant to embrace the technologies, according to a new Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey.

Geisinger, AstraZeneca Partner on Asthma App Suite

Geisinger has partnered with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to create a suite of products that integrate into the electronic health record and engage asthma patients and their providers in co-managing the disease.