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Big Data or The Right Data? Why Hospitals and Healthcare Systems Should Focus on Data Relevant for Strategic Growth

By Tony Camarata

Discussions around “big data” — what it is and why it’s useful — are infiltrating every arena of the healthcare space. Strategic planning, marketing, business development, patient care, and health outcomes are looking to big data for answers.

While the intelligence gained from big data analysis is valuable, there are compelling reasons to believe that working with the right data is far more important than simply having access to, and analysis of, big data.

Healthcare Analysts are in Short Supply: How to Overcome the Challenge

by Lee Ann Lambdin

I hired a great analyst a few years ago. She was skilled with database programs, understood the complexities of the healthcare market, and had previously been a medical records coderin short, she was very talented. The longer she was in her position, the more our state data was reported accurately and on a reliable schedule. It was a huge win for me and my team!

Recognizing her capabilities, I asked if she could start running "quarterly standard reports" that present key findings which could influence how our planning, marketing, and business development departments would function and what we would focus on in the weeks and months to come. These quarterly updates would be high-level summaries of our market landscape and would cover everything from our hospital’s market share, trended volume, competitor positions, product lines, payor mix, patient migration patterns and more.

 

 

5 Ways to Increase Organizational Alignment: It Starts with Data

By Tony Camarata

Is your healthcare system failing to meet annual strategic goals due to a lack of organizational alignment? Studies show that the highest-performing healthcare organizations have a strategic plan that sets a clear direction for all functional teams. This plan succeeds or fails depending upon organization-wide understanding of the goals, tactics, and measurable outcomes needed to fulfill the strategic goals. Conversely, if your team is unable to establish alignment, your health system risks stagnation and year-over-year frustration about your inability to meet goals and expectations.  

Here’s a look at how to improve your hospital’s organizational alignment from top to bottom and and why getting this right could be the key to meeting your 2017 strategic goals.

 

6 Ways to Create More Effective Presentations

How to Be More Insightful and Strategic with Data-Based Findings

by Lee Ann Lambdin and Forrest Rich

At the close of each quarter, strategic planners in the healthcare industry have the opportunity to present quarterly findings and progress updates to executive teams and upper-level management. These quarterly meetings often hold the keys to continued advancement in planned growth-related projects or could be the ideal time to present new ideas. They present key findings to leadership that can change the course of how a hospital’s planning, marketing, and business development departments will function in the weeks and months to come. Therefore, it is critical that you are prepared to tell the best story possible with the data you have on-hand.

Executives will expect these quarterly updates, which are a high-level summary of their market landscape and cover everything from your hospital’s market share, trended volume, competitor positions, product lines, payor mix, patient migration patterns and more, to be presented in a brief, insightful, and visually appealing way. Insights into your progress toward reaching planned goals and new details about emerging market opportunities will need to be clear and easy to interpret and must readily facilitate productive conversation.

In order to deliver the brief, insightful presentations that are expected from leadership, strategic planners must pull and sift through significant amounts of data to determine what details are most important. Planners are then tasked with transforming these meaningful details into a compelling story. Stratasan has compiled a list of six ways to tell a better story with your data.  

A Comprehensive Approach to Service Line Growth: Product Line Toolkit Webinar

Without reliable, data-based intelligence, it is difficult to create actionable and measurable strategies for growing a service line.

In this webinar, Drake and Sean cover the various challenges to growing a service line and potential solutions, as well as looking at how Stratasan's Product Line Toolkit can help in these efforts.

Stratasan’s Data Processing Services: A Strategic Growth Focus

co-authors: Wendy Posten and Anusha Achukola

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We’ve previously discussed the importance of the DIKW pyramid and how Stratasan uses this philosophy to help our healthcare partners make better strategic growth decisions. In this post, we will further unpack Stratasan’s data processing service and walk you through the technical aspects of how we turn raw data into actionable intelligence.

5 Tips for Maximizing Your Time at SHSMD

 

 

Like any big conference, attending the Society of Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) Connections can be an overwhelming experience. Headed into its 20th year as an event, SHSMD Connections 2016 is taking place September 11 - 14 in Chicago. With an estimated 1,400+ healthcare marketing, public relations and communications, and strategic planning professionals on-site, 60 sessions to choose from, 8 targeted learning tracks, and more than 4 hours worth of keynote sessions, it’s easy to see how this could be an enriching experience, but it can also feel like you’re drinking from a firehose.

Increase Marketing ROI: Use Data to Focus Your Outreach

*This post is based on information shared in a webinar co-presented by Stratasan’s SVP of Healthcare Strategy, Lee Ann Lambdin and TenAdam’s President, Jon Headlee. For the full presentation, watch the webinar.

Target Practice: Using Data to Focus Your Marketing

Most hospital and health system marketing and planning teams are familiar with the basics of strategic growth planning. This includes ensuring that your mission is favorable to growth, creating measurable goals, and developing a well-planned strategy for execution.

8 Steps to Successful Strategic Growth Planning

Strategic growth planning is a useful process for guiding the future of all types of organizations, especially hospitals and healthcare systems. If your organization is seeking to grow but doesn’t have a strategic growth plan in place, it’s time to start doing the valuable work necessary to create one.

Stratasan's SHSMD 2015 Recap: Python What?

The Stratasan team was thrilled to once again attend and participate in the annual Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) conference.

The 2015 SHSMD conference was themed "Bridging Worlds for the Future of Healthcare" and focused on healthcare being more nimble and entrepreneurial but also based in storytelling. The general sessions were from entrepreneurs and storytellers and there were nine tracks for the concurrent sessions. Stratasan's session was in the Analytics and Research track. All sessions related to the SHSMD document, Bridging Worlds, the Future of the Healthcare Strategist, essentially bringing that document to life with storytellers and presenters.

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