Ideal data set
I am currently a researcher at Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the USA. I am doing work on the use of management tools to improve global healthcare delivery as part of the GlobalHealth Lab. Among other things, the GlobalHealth Lab pairs groups of students with partner organizations that directly deliver or help to deliver healthcare in South Asia or Africa on a pressing management problem or opportunity. (If you are interested in learning more about the work, feel free to check out more about our work and focus areas.)
Recently, we’ve been encouraging students to look at Patient Visit Redesign and their Happy Little Clinic Dashboard (downloadable) in order to think about how to create a manageable, short list of relevant indicators to see how well a healthcare facility or system is operating on a daily or weekly basis. The idea here is not to collect as much information as possible but rather to find a small subset of key data points that would serve as a good and quick indication of how well the health system is functioning, including in terms of its management. Do you do or use anything like this, and if so what? In an ideal world, what short list data of would you collect? In your experience, what types of data are attainable?
I would be most grateful to hear your perspective and experience in this area.
p.s. In case the links did not come through, here are the urls:
Global Health Lab: http://globalhealth.mit.edu
About our work: http://globalhealth.mit.edu/lab-partner
Our focus areas: http://globalhealth.mit.edu/lab-focus-areas
Patient Visit Redesign: http://www.patientvisitredesign.com/techniques/performance-dashboards/
Happy Little Clinic dashboard: http://www.patientvisitredesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Happy-Little-C...