Health Analytics & Safety

In addition to taking on the role of Section Chief, Dr. Ward Flemons has also assumed the position of Vice-Chair for Health Analytics, and Safety. Dr. Flemons is widely recognized as having experience in these areas, having previously been engaged with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and is currently engaged as a Medical Director with the Health and Quality Council of Alberta. Within the coming weeks, we plan to announce the recruitment of a senior data analyst manager to work with Dr. Flemons and other physicians, to access healthcare data managed by AHS Data Analytics (DIMR) for the benefit of each Section and those members within Sections who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity. We are of no doubt that better data analytics, driven by appropriate clinical questions, will lead to improved models of practice and patient safety, and to more comprehensive short, medium, and long- term workforce planning within the Department. We want Calgary to continue to lead in the development of innovative models of care locally and nationally, and believe that prioritizing this initiative will allow us to continue to do so.

Medical Analytical Team Support

The Data Request Form is to be used for requestors from the Calgary Zone Department of Medicine and Medical Services seeking analytical support from the Medicine Analytical Team (MAT).

Any request will be first processed by the MAT at a weekly meeting, the requestor will be contacted thereafter. Requests that will require significant analytical resources will be further reviewed by a management committee, this will require further dialogue and time to process.

CMS Analytical Tables in Tableau

CatalogueAreaWorkbookTableau Workbook Name
CMS Physician Activity MeasuresDepartment of MedicineDepartment of MedicineCMS Physician Activity Summary
RespiratoryRespiratoryCMS Physician Activity Resp
RheumatologyRheumatologyCMS Physician Activity Rheum
CMS Patient Quality of Care MeasuresRespiratoryCOPDCMS Patient Quality of Care Measures COPD
AllCMGCMS Patient Quality of Care Measures CMG

Health Analytics Working Group

The Department of Medicine and Medical Services, Calgary Zone Health Analytics Working Group (HAWG) has been created to promote and develop clinical outcome, process and structure measures for important patient populations that the Department is accountable for in whole or in part. Clinical measures created by the HAWG will identify opportunities for clinicians and AHS operational leaders to improve patient care, reduce cost and resource use, and improve patient experience.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and prioritize patient populations
    • Develop a method for defining patient populations
      • Using an ICD-10 grouping methodology
    • Link costing and resource use to patient populations
    • Define prioritization criteria
    • Prioritize patient populations based on approved criteria
  • Collaboratively develop important clinical outcome measures
  • Develop measures of the important clinical processes and structures where research-based evidence supports their effect on the outcomes of interest
  • Develop key process and structure measures
  • Work collaboratively with DIMR to create data marts, identify and source data
  • Develop detailed data definitions
  • Create automated reports of measures
  • Provide recommendations to the Medical Services Executive Committee to create supported working groups to improve mean results, and / or variation of results of the clinical measures that have been developed

Membership List (Jan. 2018)

NameRole
Allan RyanClinical Analytics
Anshula AmbastaGeneral Internal Medicine
Christopher HergottRespiratory Medicine
Claire BarberRheumatology
Dave BeningerAdministrative Support
Deirdre McCaugheyCommunity Health Sciences
Edwin EnnsAnalytics Team Lead
Erika DempseyGeriatric Medicine
Evan Patrick MintyGeneral Internal Medicine
Fiona ClementCommunity Health Sciences
Jen CoulthardExecutive Director
Kerri NovakGastroenterology
Laurie ParsonsDermatology
Lesley StreetHematology
Peter FarisResearch Facilitation
Rob QuinnNephrology
Stormy MarshallManager - DoM
Vicky ParkinsEndocrinology
Ward FlemonsHAWG Chair

CMS Structure