Better Healthcare through Better Data


To link surgical supply use data with quality of care information to help hospitals reduce costs while maintaining patient safety

Anticipated Impact: 

Health-care cost savings with equivalent or superior patient outcomes


In the era of health-care reform and fiscal constraints, pressure is mounting on hospitals to deliver higher value and more efficient care. Surgery is the most resource-intensive of all services and is an important target for improvement. Lack of information on correlations between expenses and patient outcomes has resulted in wide variation in costs and use of expensive technology that offers little benefit. BenchMark Medical (BMM) has developed a proprietary data platform, tools, and services to link surgical supply use data with quality of care information from the LSDF-funded Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) or similar initiatives. Such technologies can help hospitals identify means to safely reduce costs and also inform device companies' pricing and marketing strategies. This grant will support improvements in analytics and data presentation that will allow BMM to scale up and serve significantly more customers.

Collaborating organizations: BI Tech Systems, TransformativeMed

Healthcare Data Management

Grant Update

Principal Investigator:
Paul Song
Grantee Organization:
BenchMarket Medical, LLC
Grant Title:
Better Healthcare Through Better Data
Grant Cohort and Year:
2013 Proof of Concept (03)
Grant Period:
08/05/2013 - 08/04/2015 (Completed)
Grant Amount:
The LSDF grant has facilitated the creation of a dashboard that allows access to a large data repository of clinical, supplies, and cost information in an interactive and user-friendly manner. Hospitals are now able to receive reports that demonstrate the variability of costs between their surgeons for the same procedure and the supply choices driving costs – in both a positive and negative direction. In order to ensure that a supply choice or a supply change is not harmful to the safety of a patient and a successful outcome, the dashboard allows a comparison to be made between surgeons, their costs, and their outcomes. Since the dashboard has the ability to be continuously updated with new cases, there can be a constant feedback loop that tracks the impact of clinical and supply decisions. Hospitals are now able to provide surgical care knowing that there is an intelligent data mechanism to support the operating room as a center of efficiency.

Impact in Washington

Location of LSDF Grantee
Locations of Collaborations/Areas of Impact

Legislative Districts:
11, 34, 36, 37, 41, 43, 46, 48

Health Impacts

Healthcare Data Management