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Community perspectives on clinical variation, high-value care, behaviorial economics, and health IT

Does peer comparison improve physician practice?

If you are a healthcare executive with the privilege of leading physicians, you know how important physician engagement is to achieving your many goals — both patient focused and business focused. This quote from Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD concisely sums up the challenge. Read More

Four types of value Atomic Habits can deliver to healthcare

Like many of you, I am a sucker for personal and professional development. Stacks of books adorn the office, the bedroom night stand, and anywhere else I can find space. One of my pandemic reads was the massive best seller, Atomic Habits, by James Clear. Read More

A data recipe physicians will bite into

Over the last few years, many of us have invested spare time trying out the many culinary delights of the world. Some jumped on the bread craze. Many others have just tried new meal recipes to keep life interesting while in lockdown. Regardless of what you have been cooking or[…] Read More

Length of stay the podium, patient flow the training that gets you there

One of our core values at Agathos is curiosity. As our culture page explains, we are lifelong learners and seekers who do creative work and admire that of others. So when my son was encouraged to try cyclocross to stay in shape during the mountain biking off season, I was very[…] Read More

What rock documentaries can teach you about clinical variation

Like many of you, I watched a fair number of documentaries during the pandemic. Being a musician, I’m drawn to the stories behind some of the greatest rock bands of all time. A few documentaries I enjoyed come to mind: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Bohemian Rhapsody about[…] Read More

Clinical variation is like climate change

For many of us, our awareness of climate change has been brought to the forefront with the rise in natural events over the recent years. Tsunamis, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and a melting ice cap; we are much more aware of climate change than ever before. With all the news[…] Read More

The rocks, pebbles, and sand of reducing clinical variation

You have probably heard the story where a professor gets up in front of the class with a large jar. The story involves putting large rocks in the jar and then asking the students, “Is the jar full?” They say, “Yes.” He then adds some pebbles to the jar to fill in the spaces and[…] Read More

Data Transparency, Length of Stay, Behavior Change — This Webinar Covered it All

When we invited William Carracino, MD, CMIO of Lee Health and Peter Chang, MD, VP of Care Transformation at Tampa General Hospital to share how they are empowering physicians with data about their individual practice patterns, we knew we were in for a treat.  Read More

Reopening and Recovery: 5 Strategic Priorities for Health Systems Post-COVID-19

As health systems begin the process of “re-opening,” there are several operational dilemmas that need to be addressed immediately: Read More

Clinical Variation Insight: Palliative Care Consults

Building on the previous entry, “Palliative Care: a Data Scientists' Perspective , I am pleased to release this more in-depth view into the purpose and methodology of one of Agathos' palliative care insights: the rate at which hospitalists order palliative care consults for[…] Read More

Palliative Care: a Data Scientist's Perspective

Palliative care, the delivery of comfort care measures to severely ill patients, has had a complex and often fraught history within the modern healthcare delivery system. While there appears to have been a swing in the recent years towards valuing palliative care, there is still[…] Read More

Trends in Emergency Department Utilization and Optimization: Part 3 of 3

My Experience Working on the Frontlines (Article 3 of 3)   Thank you for reading the final installment of this three-part series highlighting the Emergency Department (ED) and its central role in care delivery. Part 1 covered historical trends and the current state of the ED in[…] Read More
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