The Data Driven Doctor Posts

Urgent tasks are the enemy of process improvement, says columnist Rob Davis, but there are many opportunities at the frontline of healthcare to find improvements if we are only willing to take the time.
The difference between a doctor’s perception of a patient’s condition and the patient’s actual state is not a reflection on the doctor’s skill or level of professionalism. What it does highlight is the importance of using hard data in decision making processes. Perception is not reality. Being a data-driven doctor helps physicians provide the best care to their patients. So what does this mean for the rest of us who make decisions for the health of our organizations?