Let’s Data! Foundation hosts data analytics classes

The DFWHC Foundation hosted two data analytics classes today at TWU in Dallas.

The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation hosted a pair of data analytics classes today at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. The events, sponsored by the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), were sold out with 60-plus attendees from hospitals across North Texas.

Dr. Kim Smith of the UT Health Science Center in Houston served as the main speaker. The classes were the fourth of the year hosted in Texas, with more than 140 total students having participated.

Dr. Smith detailed the process of examining healthcare data sets in order to draw conclusions about the information they contain.

“We were thrilled by the participation today,” said Patti Taylor, the director of quality and patient safety at the DFWHC Foundation and coordinator of the classes. “Data analytics technologies are widely used in commercial industries to enable organizations such as healthcare providers to make informed decisions and to verify or disprove areas for improvement.”

HIIN is a nationwide effort to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET) a two-year HIIN contract to continue efforts to reduce inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2019.

For information, please contact Patti at [email protected].