Level: Intermediate Kenneth Kovats, Senior Nurse Analyst, HQ U.S. Army Medical Command Army Medicine’s mission is to provide sustained health services and research in support of the total force -- enabling readiness and conserving the fighting strength, while caring for our Soldiers for Life and their respective families. Medical readiness can be divided into two components: Sustaining a medically ready force, a fit and healthy force, that is medically ready to perform its deployment mission; and a ready medical force, ensuring Army military physicians, clinicians, nurses and allied health specialists are clinically current and have the requisite skills to provide expeditionary health care in a deployed environment. Both of these objectives are achieved in the Army’s Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) at major Army installations in the U.S. and around the world. Using Principal Component Analysis and other modeling techniques, we will develop a Composite Readiness Index, assessing all 32 Army MTFs based on their contribution to both components of Medical Readiness. The Index will use over 40 Military Health System (MHS) measurements. The findings can be used by leaders of the Department of the Army (tactical and support) and the Military Health System to assess capabilities, outcomes and opportunities for stationing of military medical personnel.
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Dr Melissa Gliner, Senior Health Policy Analyst
Kenneth Kovats, Senior Nurse Analyst
Dawn Garcia, Nurse Analyst
Richard Thorp, Deputy Chief of Analysis and Evaluation
US Army MEDCOM
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One of the major inpatient product lines for the US Army’s medical system is childbirth. However patient satisfaction scores tend to be significantly lower than other Inpatient product lines at Army hospitals, as well other hospitals in the civilian sector. Understanding what factors lead to satisfaction or dissatisfaction is of critical importance to determine managerial intervention. We applied 3 modeling techniques using JMP Pro 13 (Logistic Regression, Classification Trees, and Bootstrap Forest) to identify the key indicators of patient satisfaction for childbirth admissions at U.S. Army Hospitals, and then selected a model which could be used by Hospital Leaders to focus their performance improvement efforts.
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JMP Bubble Plot displays are used to evaluate non-random variation in the classification of patients on Army Hospital inpatient units, and how nursing workload compares to reported staffing levels. The multi-dimensional visualization of nursing workload and staffing data will aid Nurse Methods Analysts and Nursing Leadership in identifying the root causes of these variances and developing methods to improve data quality.
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