The image above reminds me of networks. Today was a warm but wet and overcast morning for a run. When I looked up through the trees I was reminded of how our connections inspire and challenge us to do a little better, deliver a better product, or tell a more compelling narrative. As a follow up to a year of meaningful engagement (hey 100,000+ of you can't be wrong) I wanted to put a pin in identifying and measuring outcomes. The theme of 2015 was "value". The new year will tug on the thread and hopefully introduce a way forward in value-based health care. Are you ready?
I wrote in the book, "Big data has forced many a hand into the analytic sphere with limited guidance and direction. Quality metrics are often selected
based on ease of measurement at the expense of evidence or utility."
The data we collect can either inform or distort. Many clients don't realize that learning objectives aren't trivial. They focus your content and link directly to the quality of educational outcomes or if designed thoughtfully--actual patient outcomes.
The graphic below is also from Value-Based Health Care. Briefly, a radar chart is presented to allow you to view performance of 3 different surgeons against multiple outcome measures in two different procedures. Radar charts (or spider charts as I recall them being called)--are an often maligned graphic display. If created correctly they can display multivariate data in two dimensions for identifying performance gaps--limited to 5 to 7 variables. A score of 100 is an optimal performance. For example there would be a higher rate of readmission rates for gastric bypass procedures for surgeon B--not so great.