Top-to-bottom self-service analytics reduces both drug costs and patient referral times
Region Midt faced a difficult and urgent challenge: to make sense of the different data locked away in data warehouses, spreadsheets and other systems. “We had data everywhere – in warehouses, in Excel, in SAS and in other silos,” explains Jonas Eskildsen Sørensen, Head of Business Intelligence at Region Midt. “We simply didn’t have the data insight we needed to run a modern healthcare organisation.”
Jonas and his team chose Tableau after analysing multiple solutions on the market, and began to drill down into their data in whole new ways – starting with drug treatment costs.
“It was almost too easy to drive down medicine costs with Tableau,” says Jonas. “In the past, we didn’t have as much insight into the distribution of antibiotics. Using Tableau, we are giving clinicians an accurate, timely dashboard of antibiotics administration and patient distribution. This has led to a dramatic reduction in the volume of unnecessary antibiotics given to patients, and by consequence a reduction in drug costs.”
Tableau is also helping to reduce the time between patients being referred by their doctor to hospital and the actual appointment. “Previously, only 60% of patients were seen within 30 days of their referral. Tableau enables us to connect with the relevant patient data, visualise the problem and find answers. Now, 90% of patients have their meeting within 30 days. We are on our way to achieving 100%.”