Reporting and statistics are necessary to ensure we’re achieving our greatest potential personally and professionally. As professionals, we use various tools daily to assess performance, stay on track and make educated decisions about our future. As we discussed in our last post in this series, there are two kinds of reports, those that add value and those that don’t. Once you’ve determined which reports are necessary, trusting the numbers and accuracy of data is imperative!
Have Your Numbers Ever Been Questioned?
In any profession where research plays a pivotal role, it’s important to have the evidence to validate results. Perhaps you’ve been in a meeting with a provider who’s questioned the validity of a report or said the dreaded words – “I don’t think those numbers are accurate!” Providers are trained to think scientifically so it's natural for them to question, critique and question some more; especially when it comes to metrics representing their performance. When presenting event reporting data, it’s imperative to be prepared for questions and confident in the process or system you’re using to share results.
How to Ensure Quality Data?
Even when you’ve worked diligently to ensure accuracy, it can be difficult to defend manual collection metrics. We meet with hospitals every day who are without event reporting software or their current software isn’t robust enough to be of value to the team making outcome and patient care decisions. In either situation, you spend more time than necessary chasing data – only to be questioned about its validity. Having robust Event Reporting Software (ERS) in place can streamline and simplify validating data quality for hospitals and staff.
What to Look for in Event Reporting Software
Event Reporting Software should do several things. It should:
Store events so data can be input once and reused for reporting and analytics
Aggregate data and produce reporting metrics you can trust
Integrate with your organizations provider management software; such as credentialing, privileging, peer review, and focused/ongoing professional practice evaluations (FPPE/OPPE).
Confidently reporting data to providers is, indeed, achievable with the right event reporting software! With it, the risk of errors from manual calculations or missing data will be a thing of the past. With the right ERS, everything can be documented electronically, available for analytics and integrated with other applications in real time. All which remove human error and give you the confidence to respond to questions about the data, especially to those with critical minds!
Medkinetics’ complimentary Event Reporting Software checklist is available to assist in selecting an ERS. Once an ERS is implemented, your organizational goals start becoming reality. You can have more accurate data and spend less time chasing it!