Benchmarking engine compares hospital performance data

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Self-described benchmarking engine OnlyBoth on Tuesday released a public tool for comparing hospitals, showing off its comparative capabilities to the cloud and IoT vendors it hopes to woo.

The tool is available here, and does provide an interesting way to compare hospitals (based on publicly available government data) among themselves. A look at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass. – the closest facility to Network World’s offices – reveals that the hospital has the 8th-lowest rate of serious complications in the country.

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It also shows that, of all the hospitals in Middlesex County, it has the lowest 30-day mortality rate for heart failure, lowest rate for serious blood clots after surgery, and lowest rate of accidental cuts and tears from medical treatment.

One of the coolest features of OnlyBoth is its ability to notice patterns in related data – listings of peer hospitals sometimes include a sentence like “Incidentally, all 10 of those hospitals use a safe surgery checklist,” and synthesized lists of peer institutions frequently get automatically controlled for variables like whether or not they’re acute care facilities.

While this information is hardly going to revolutionize the healthcare industry, it’s supposed to demonstrate the capabilities of OnlyBoth’s engine -- showing that it can chew on a large data set and provide actionable insights in plain English. According to co-founder Raul Valdes-Perez, the idea is to sell the secret sauce behind OnlyBoth, not the insights it produces.

“We don't analyze cloud markets,” he told Network World. “Instead, we work with a B2B cloud vendor, and enable the vendor to provide comprehensive, automated benchmarking services to their end-customers, using their solutions data and our artificial intelligence.”

OnlyBoth will use what Valdes-Perez called an OEM-style arrangement, taking a cut of vendors’ sales revenue to customers to make money, and results will either be available via secure login on OnlyBoth’s site or delivered to the vendor’s via an API.

Valdes-Perez and co-founder Andre Lessa met at Valdes-Perez’ first company, Vivisimo – a search engine company he founded in 2000 and sold to IBM in 2012, which incorporated its main offering into Watson.

This story, "Benchmarking engine compares hospital performance data" was originally published by Network World.

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