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Category: Clinical variation

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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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3 Ways Hospitalists Influence Length of Stay

I am the Chief Medical Officer of MDP Management, a Chattanooga-based hospitalist group serving health systems in the Southeast. Our focus is medical practice management that empowers physicians to provide the highest quality care, exceed goals and drive change in the hospital[…]

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A Brief Intro to Clinical "VR" ("Variation Reduction")

Who would dare tell a doctor how to practice medicine? While many other industries have embraced the benefits of standardization, the practice of medicine is still built on the pillars of professional autonomy and individual clinical judgment. For more tenured physicians this[…]

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Clinical Variation Insight: Opioid Prescription Rates

On the heels of Hospital Medicine 2019, I am pleased to cover hospitalist opioid prescribing as the latest in Agathos’ insight blog series. Dr. Syed Raza (CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands Hospital) recently presented a poster presentation at Hospital Medicine 2019 on his[…]

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Oh, length of stay, how shall I reduce thee?

Clinical variation is the focus in healthcare, thanks in part to the unprecedented access to data made possible through EHRs. This information has inspired and, frankly, overwhelmed hospitals seeking to pinpoint inefficiencies and optimize pathways and processes. Clinicians[…]

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Agathos is headed to Hospital Medicine 2019

Agathos is headed to the Society of Hospital Medicine's Annual Hospital Medicine Conference

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Remembering to Remember: How Transparency is the Heart of Learning Healthcare Systems

I’m bad at remembering my jacket in the overhead. Three wounded soldiers in three years. I travel a lot and have a lot on my mind, but that’s no excuse. I was distracted on a call with our Marketing Lead and had to race to my folks’ home for Thanksgiving, but that’s no excuse.

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Agathos Selected for Dreamit HealthTech's Cohort

Dreamit Ventures has selected Agathos along with seven other startups for the fall 2018 class of its HealthTech cohort. See the MedCity announcement.

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Agathos Pitches at TMCx Demo Day

On June 7, Agathos joined 20 other digital health companies, more than 500 attendees, and around 200 viewers on live stream to showcase Agathos' physician engagement platform to hospital leaders, physicians, investors, and the media at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in[…]

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Clinical Variation Insight: Daily Common Labs

The Society of Hospital Medicine and Choosing Wisely recommends reducing the frequency of daily unnecessary phlebotomy. We examined the lab ordering practices of 29 hospitalists and presented personalized data via the Agathos platform.

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