Magazine Article | February 9, 2016

Medical Moneyball — What Healthcare Stands To Learn From The Oakland A's

Source: Health IT Outcomes

Compiled By Scott Westcott, Contributing Writer

With all the talk of Big Data, there are still big questions as to how to most effectively leverage information and data to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, cost, and outcomes. One health system leader thinks an approach developed by a Major League baseball team might be a game changer.

What do the Oakland A’s have to do with improving delivery and outcomes in healthcare? Potentially, quite a bit according to Dr. Neil Kudler, CMIO at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Kudler teamed up with Larry Schor, senior vice president of corporate development and analytics at Medecision, to see if the evidence-based approach to drive strategy — employed by the Oakland A’s and made famous in the Oscar-nominated movie, “Moneyball” — could be adopted to assess and improve physicians’ performance and patients’ outcomes.