Introducing DataRiver’s Mobile-First Platform Update

We’re extremely excited to introduce a new update to the DataRiver platform. This past fall, we took a hard look at the platform and how users were interacting with it. With that and additional feedback from all of you, we were able to identify gaps and began building behind the scenes with a brand new focus on not only resolving these gaps but rethinking how we approach building new products on the platform.

So let’s get into it…

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Leading with a Mobile-First Methodology.

The driving methodology for this update was centered on mobile use. We know you want to access the operational and economic insights in DataRiver when you need them, which is not always when you’re at your desk.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve rebuilt the platform around a mobile-first methodology.

Mobile first strategies build to the constraints of mobile devices, and the needs of mobile users first.

This methodology allows for an unprecedented level of intentionality across every product that you use to improve economic and operational outcomes for your organization. Here’s how:

  1. Right Platform. Right Data. Right Time. When most companies offer mobile experiences, especially in analytics, they limit features on mobile. We knew this wasn’t an option. We’ve built a consistent, full-featured experience across any device. Regardless of iOS, Android, Windows, or desktop you are able to perform that same analysis and get the insights you need exactly at the time you need them. By giving access to the right data at the right time on any device, you can actually do your job and start improving outcomes.
  2. Signal vs. Noise. Losing 80% of the screen space on mobile devices forces the platform to focus. We needed to make sure what stayed on the screen was the most important set of features. This eliminates noise that often gets in the way of surfacing insights and enabling you to make decisions.
  3. Faster Processing. When it comes to mobile networks, inconsistency in speed is a major factor facing big data analytics platforms like DataRiver. Because of this mobile-first methodology, rebuilding the platform to perform 10x faster and more efficiently was a must. I’m excited to say we’ve done just that.

If you would like to learn more about our reasoning behind our new methodology you can review a recorded webinar here.

So What’s New?

DataDock

We’ve stripped away and introduced new elements to the DataDock, DataRiver’s home page. You can easily jump into any of the Analyzer products and access DataPoints or any of our recent webinars. This redesign has also set us up to bring intelligent notifications to the DataDock alerting you to critical insights and actions in your organization.

Physician Analyzer

This is by far our most widely used product on the platform so we knew we had to get it right. You’ll notice a deep focus on surfacing insights by lowering the time to digest individual metric performance. Creating and editing dashboards is as easy as a single tap with sharing, exporting, and launching research pivots available in an elegant right-panel menu.

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Service Line Analyzer

Analyzing the performance of individual service lines is critical to your organization and we’ve brought a full-featured experience to any device. You can easily drill-into service lines, view trends through beautiful visualizations, and get the answers you need much faster and more convenient than ever before. And yes, even drill-down to the DRG level.

 

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This update not only brings Downstream Analyzer to every device but also brings a brand-new way to get into the data and get the answers you need. You can now group your downstream tracking programs into segmented categories to perform analysis, visualize downstream margin by encounters, and view individual performance.

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A10 Practice Assessment

Equation has always been known for our A10 Practice Assessment and we’re excited to now introduce this product and it’s value into the hands of every DataRiver user, on any device. We analyze all of your data, split it across ten economic drivers, and give detailed analysis on opportunity across your organization. The first two drivers are available which focus on Productivity and Coding. This gives you visibility into opportunity and allows you to drill-down to the provider level.

The New A10 Practice Assessment tool

And so much more.

We’re excited for you to experience all that we’ve accomplished in this release. More so, we’re excited for the impact DataRiver will have in your organization. The opportunity to make data-driven decisions has never been so great.

Available Monday, May 2nd… Everywhere.

Analyst Training: Report Writing – Don’t Let Your Words Ruin Your Numbers

Writing an effective report that highlights your data insights can be tricky. Even for a seasoned writer, figuring out how to translate data relationships and patterns from numbers to plain English can be a daunting task.

In this session, Rick Carter will teach the key aspects of writing a useful, focused, and impactful report that will propel your organization to action.

Click here to download the webinar: Webinar: Report Writing

Click here to download Rick’s worksheet: Worksheet-Excelinar Words to Support Numbers


About the Presenter

Rick Carter has over 35 years of experience in an analyst and consultant role. Rick helps physicians and healthcare executives improve their operational and financial performance. He has authored many industry articles, but is best known for creating the core methodology behind Equation’s data and analytically driven consulting model.

Analyst Training: Spreadsheet Errors That Kill Your Reputation & How To Avoid Them

Healthcare Analysts translate big and complicated numbers into plain English every day. The crux of an analyst’s job is to take that data and use it to help health systems make better business decisions. Executive managers make system-wide business decisions off of analyst’s work every day — no big deal, right?

Painting the business picture through analysis is a process. In that process there are a myriad of mistakes that can be made. These mistakes can hurt an analyst’s credibility. In this webinar, Rick Carter illustrates the most common spreadsheet errors and how to avoid them in his signature live Excel format.

 

 

To download worksheet used in the webinar, click here: Worksheet-Spreadsheet Errors


Presenter:  Rick Carter, Equation Principal

Thought Leadership Webinar: Everything You Need To Know About Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment

The new year is around the corner and for many hospitals, that means it’s time to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment. We’ve got the scoop on what you need to know to ensure your CHNA meets all of the IRS standards and how to bring down your cost by as much as half.

In this webinar, we walk through the CHNA process and insights gained by one of our clients. Participants will gain an understanding of the CHNA process, the types of data they need to collect and how to go from planning to implementation.

To download the CHNA Checklist, click here: Equation CHNA Checklist

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Presenters:

Kyle Kobe, Equation Founder and Principal

Nicole Hayes, Product Manager at CentraForce

Howard Salmon, Equation Principal

Analyst Training: The Greatest Skill of an Analyst, How to Tell a Story in Numbers

We all know that data is powerful. But did you know when data is used to tell a story, it becomes unforgettable?

Telling a story in numbers seasons the data so it resonates with the audience on both an intellectual and emotional level. Data stories allow the audience to have a greater sense and understanding of the context of the numbers.

In this webinar, Rick Carter will explain and illustrate how to make your numbers tell a story.

To download the spreadsheet that Rick used please click here: Telling Stories with Numbers

Equation uses a custom Excel add-on that changes ‘Number to dollar’ and ‘Number to comma’. Contact ehaynie@equationhealth.com if you are interested in the add-on.


Rick Carter has over 35 years of experience in an analyst and consultant role. Rick helps physicians and healthcare executives improve their operational and financial performance. He has authored many industry articles, but is best known for creating the core methodology behind Equation’s data and analytically driven consulting model.

Analyst Training: Putting Lipstick on Your Analytics

Do you want your audience to take notice of your data analysis? Are you looking for ways to make your analysis stand out? Do you want to increase your audience’s understanding and recollection of your quantitative analysis?

Believe it or not, the way in which you present your data has a direct correlation on how receptive your audience is to your analysis. The visual representation of data has the power to make your quantitative analysis shine by making it easily digestible and significantly more memorable.

In this session, Rick Carter shares ways to dress up your analytics in order to attain the spotlight your analysis deserves.

Equation uses a custom Excel add-on that changes ‘Number to dollar’ and ‘Number to comma’. Contact ehaynie@equationhealth.com if you are interested in the add-on.


Rick Carter has over 35 years of experience in an analyst and consultant role. Rick helps physicians and healthcare executives improve their operational and financial performance. He has authored many industry articles, but is best known for creating the core methodology behind Equation’s data and analytically driven consulting model.

Analyst Training: Making Sense of Benchmarks

Healthcare organizations look to physician practice benchmarks for assurance and course corrections. However, benchmarks don’t always add up, aren’t consistent, and often just don’t make sense at all.

Rick Carter, creator of a leading data-driven consulting model used by Equation analysts and presented to clients nationwide, provides instruction on how to make sense of benchmarks. This webinar differs from typical webinars in that Rick keeps you thoroughly engaged throughout this unique, live Excel spreadsheet modeling format.


To download the workbook used in the Excelinar*: Equation Excelinar Benchmarking Workbook

Equation uses a custom Excel add-on that changes ‘Number to dollar’ and ‘Number to comma’. Contact ehaynie@equationhealth.com if you are interested in the add-on.

Equation Announces Release of DataRiver Service Line Analyzer Web-based Dashboard

The new dashboard technology provides unparalleled and seamless hospital service line data analysis.

Equation announced earlier today the release of its web-based dashboard technology for its DataRiver Service Line Analyzer (SLA). This dashboard provides hospital service line managers and analysts a deeper visibility into their data while increasing ease of use.

Continue reading “Equation Announces Release of DataRiver Service Line Analyzer Web-based Dashboard”

How we use SendGrid for better physician management

We often get requests to distribute productivity reports to physicians throughout a health system. With this, we’ve built a tool in DataRiver called DataCast, that allows users to do just that.

DataCast allows users to upload a list of physicians and managers with their emails and DataRiver will automatically send them emails with their productivity reports included. This has solved a huge pain for practice managers by saving time in report preparation and distribution as well as offering a vehicle to help hold physicians accountable.

In building and testing DataCast, one thing we noticed is that we had no visibility when it came to email deliverability. For most health systems and physician practices, internal IT firewalls are setup and often limit deliverability. Also, we ran into cases where physicians reported never receiving their reports for various reasons. This made following up on the reports and holding physicians accountable to their productivity difficult.

We knew we had to solve this if DataCast was going work. Enter SendGrid.

We heard of SendGrid a while back when they exited Techstars and have followed them since then. They do a fantastic job of managing email deliverability and offering analytics for marketing and transactional emails. They also have a great web API that is easy to integrate and get going in your application. It actually took only a few hours to get everything setup in our case.

Once SendGrid was setup and integrated into DataRiver, including our DataCast tool, we saw results instantly. Not only were emails being delivered but we had detailed stats on the email flow.

SendGrid Stats

These stats enable us to offer visibility to users on which physicians are viewing their reports and which are not. If a physician didn’t receive their report, SendGrid’s stats instantly shed light on whether it was a deliverability issue or not. Beyond that, users can see opens and clicks. The fact that users have this visibility now with the latest SendGrid integration means better physician management with greater accountability. Physicians know their productivity and managers know wether or not physicians are staying on top of it. And we love that.