Using LOGEX Budgeting to get insights on costs and resources in Region Dalarna

About the collaboration

Region Dalarna is Sweden’s fourth largest region by area (28,183 km² or 6 % of Sweden’s area, in size with Belgium). 3% (281,046) of Sweden’s population lives in Dalarna. Region Dalarna is the county’s largest employer, with just over 8,900 employees. Falu Lasarett  “Hospital” is the county’s largest workplace, with approximately 3,600 employees. In Dalarna, 20% work in health and social care (one in three females).

The challenge

The Orthopaedics department in Region Dalarna had difficulty managing its healthcare deficit on hip and knee replacements due to a lack of connection to other parts of the financial processes. They used various spreadsheets, which left room for the calculations to be error sensitive. Above that, not all healthcare activities were taken into account due to difficulties in calculations. Their budget was based on “old” data with limited activity or resource-based budgeting. Therefore it was difficult to determine the variable cost impact of changes in activity.  

The department specifically wanted to answer the following questions: 

  • What will be the extra costs of doing the replacements in-house?
  • Where will those costs fall?
  • Which departments should get funding?
  • Do they have the required resources for it? Where are the bottlenecks?

The solution

Budgeting & Capacity Management with LOGEX  

LOGEX offered Region Dalarna to try out a budgeting / financial planning system linked to the costing system that allowed them to see variances and changes in costs, plan accordingly to get the most out of the available resources and adjust to actual needs.

LOGEX also added the application of scenario analytics and portfolio planning strategies to achieve better and more appropriate patient care.  

As a result, the Implementation of Activity Based Budgeting (ABB) provided Dalarna for the first time an objective baseline concerning cost for different surgical activities and correlated activities (e.g. diagnostics), resources and costs.  

Financial Control

Our Financial Control suite enables you to gain mastery over patient volumes, resources and finances for the entire organisation, leading to better financial performance—with the numbers to prove it.

We cover the full spectrum of financial and operational processes, from costing and budgeting to forecasting and contracting. 

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  • Costing
  • Budgeting
  • Forecasting

Our activity-based costing model empowers you to:

Simplify cost calculations

Make cost calculations for healthcare providers that are easy to understand, apply, and optimise.

Optimise resource allocation

Allocate resources and costs to patients, care activities and episodes.

Improve through benchmarking

Benchmark unit costs with national and international peers to identify areas for improvement.

Meet regulatory standards

Deliver information to national regulators automatically and in full compliance with National Cost Collection requirements.

Our activity-based budgeting model makes it possible to:

Build and benchmark budgets

Seamlessly link volumes, resources and finances in one budget.

Anticipate and respond to future demand

Match the deployment of resources and manpower to the future demand for care.

Zero in on areas for improvement

Determine how portfolio choices impact operations, and spot areas for improvement.

Involve physicians and managers in budgeting

Bottom-up budgeting functionality facilitates collaboration with non-financial stakeholders.

Our forecasting model enables you to:

Forecast and monitor volume, revenue and cost

Stay on top of expected vs. realised volumes, revenues and costs on a near real-time basis.

Analyse and factor risk into payer contracts

Automate value-at-risk calculations for all contractual agreements with commissioners.

Leverage machine learning algorithms

Build and maintain reliable, easy-to-access forecasts based on machine learning algorithms.

Produce timely, compliant reports with ease

Deliver periodic financial results that are fully compliant with national regulations.

At LOGEX, we understand that getting a grip on your data and performance should be a rewarding endeavour.

Our models give you clarity and control over your operational and financial performance. Clarifying costs and optimising processes will be easier than ever!

The impact created with LOGEX Budgeting

Elimination of scattered and non-cohesive Excel-based approach that previously led to errors and limited transparency. Now available in a fully integrated platform with ‘one source of truth’

Increased engagement by cooperation and integration between controllers, clinical managers and clinicians grew and had a data-driven foundation as a starting point for discussions  

Scenario planning: Impact of shortening the length of stay for hip and knee replacements on WTEs and Finance leading to more effective use of internal resources 

For the first time, Dalarna had insights on the impact of surgical procedures on diagnostics and the -link with WTEs and Finance. The model showed that the X-ray was the bottleneck, enabling discussions on how to manage this.  

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