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Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Ashley Walsh at LeanTaas


In anticipation of her upcoming conference co-presentation at Predictive Analytics World for Healthcare Las Vegas, June 3-7, 2-18, we asked Ashley Walsh, Director of Client Services at LeanTaas, a few questions about incorporating predictive analytics into healthcare. Catch a glimpse of her co-presentation, Push Instead of Pull: Using Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, and Cloud and Mobile Technologies to Improve OR Operations, and see what’s in store at the PAW Healthcare conference in Las Vegas.

Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what area of healthcare are you focused on?

A: Operating Rooms
Q. What outcomes do your models predict?

A. Several operational outcomes that drive efficiency e.g.

  • What blocks are likely to go unused (and get them released)
  • Available opportunities for increased capacity by taking the right  allocated blocks away
  • Forward-looking surgical trends like seasonality to determine blocks needed by surgeon and service line
  • Anomaly detection in performance (e.g. FCOTS, TOT)

Q: How does predictive analytics deliver value at your organization? What is one specific way in which it actively drives decisions or impacts operations?

A. Specifically, in the operating room, predictive analytics provide insight as to what the volume will be, which providers and service lines are likely to be operating the most (least)

Q. Can you describe a successful result, such as the predictive lift of your model or the ROI of an analytics initiative?

A.  The ORs at my organization saw an increase in volume of 4%, or $500,000 in revenue per OR per year with the only intervention being the addition of these tools.
Q. What surprising discovery have you unearthed in your data?

A. The “un” importance of two widely used metrics in the operating room; first case on time starts and turnover.

Q. What areas of healthcare do you think have seen the greatest advances or ROI from the use of predictive analytics?

A. EDs, procedural areas such as infusion, imaging, and the operating rooms.

Q. Sneak preview: Please tell us a take-away that you will provide during your talk at Predictive Analytics World.

A. “Open table for operating rooms on your mobile phone”


Don’t miss Ashley’s co-presentation, Push Instead of Pull: Using Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, and Cloud and Mobile Technologies to Improve OR Operations, at PAW Healthcare on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 2:15 to 3:00 pm. Click here to register for attendance.

By: Jeff Deal, Conference Chair, Predictive Analytics World Healthcare

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