The Surgical Lab focuses on data-driven quality improvement in healthcare. We help design, deploy, and guide change efforts for hospitals and systems as healthcare transitions from volume to value.


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Have You Experienced Alarm Fatigue?

Have you ever walked through an Emergency Department or Intensive Care Unit only to notice yourself quickly forgetting about that...

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Using Big Data Correctly In Healthcare Requires Medical Knowledge

Did you realize that people are wondering whether the field of Statistics is dead?  In its wake (pun fully intended) many are prepared to...

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The Data Glut: Many Healthcare Metrics Don't Reflect Anything Valuable

Did you know that more than 90% of the data created in human history were created in the last two years?  Is it a surprise then, with...

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Healthcare Colleagues: Sixteen Years Since To Err Is Human & We Aren't Using Common Quality Tools

In November of 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a clear commentary citing the need for a systems based approach to reduction of...

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Do You Know How To Use Data To Really Predict What Works For Patients In Your Organization?

Many centers simply guess which factors meaningfully relate to complex endpoints like patient participation in post-operative recovery...

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This One Technique Helps Align Your Culture With The Outcomes You Want.

Have you heard of the engagement crisis in America?  It turns out that many American workers simply are not engaged with their jobs, and...

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New Criticism Of Work Citing Medical Error As Third Leading Cause Of Death

Only a few days ago, I wrote that we shouldn't be surprised about the prevalence of medical error.  After all, typical rates of error in...

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Hopkins Researchers Highlight Medical Errors As Third Leading Cause Of Death

Does this recent finding surprise you?  It shouldn't.  After all, a rate of approximately 1 defect in every 1000 opportunities is a...

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