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Lack of robust data analysis impedes care improvement efforts
Modern Healthcare

Providence St. Joseph Health leveraged data to reduce its knee replacement costs by more than $1 million a year.

The Renton, Wash.-based integrated health system first analyzed what drove variation across its 51-hospital network and targeted the use of antibiotic-infused bone cement. Hypothetically, it can stave off infections.

But the pre-mixed product added significant cost without substantial evidence that it was effective. Looking at a two-year dataset of about 20,000 knee replacements performed at Providence St. Joseph, there wasn’t a distinct difference in the quality data for patients who received the antibiotic-infused cement and the cement without it.