One of the key measures of a hospital is the length of stay. This measure is an indication of how many patients a hospital can help. To put it simple: with 100 beds and an average length of stay of 14 days, a hospital can help 2600 patients per year. With a length of stay of 7 days, this would be 5200 patients.
As with all data, the numbers don’t say everything. The goal of length of stay management is not getting this number as low as possible. Patient care comes first. The length of stay can give insights needed to grow patient volume, and allow for a more predictable staffing and efficient scheduling.
To improve the length of stay indicator, insight is needed at hospital, specialism and even doctor levels. Providing an overview of the current length of stay, the evolution over time and the driving key patterns, our Healthcare Analytics dashboard offers an up to date dashboard, that can support decisions to improve the length of stay performance. As a key performance indicator, the current average length of stay is linked to a target, determined by tailored sub targets for each specification/doctor.
This to consider the reality that different specializations have different length of stay, and even within a specialization doctors can have different patient groups. The dashboard shows both targets as the current performance of the specializations and doctors.
Additional views show the evolution of the length of stay per specialisation or per doctor, the length of stay for each individual doctor, the patterns in the patient discharge hours, and the number of events (intake, transfers, discharges) that each specialism must tackle,… Analysing these patterns helps to create best practices per specialism to increase performance.
In conclusion, having a length of stay dashboard enables the in detail exploration of the hospital visit data. With dynamic filtering, interactive graphs and an intuitive design, the dashboard provides self-service data analysis. This analysis leads to ideas for improving the length of stay management, thus increasing the hospital capacity and therefore more patients getting the care they need.
The most common feedback after showing this dashboard to hospital management, is that it’s the first time they get this data presented in such a clear way. Most hospitals use reports and a data warehouse containing the same data, but those do not provide an interactive environment for exploration.
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