Bizzell’s XcelHERate Program Promotes Women Entrepreneurship

Bizzell’s XcelHERate Program Promotes Women Entrepreneurship

By Editorial Staff

In reflecting on the contributions of women to the work we do at Bizzell, we are highlighting the work of our global initiatives to bring equity and innovation to the small business industry. In the bustling entrepreneurial landscape of Kenya, a groundbreaking initiative has been established to change the game for women-owned businesses. The Bizzell-SNDBX XcelHERate Entrepreneurship Challenge (XcelHERate) is poised to uplift and celebrate the entrepreneurial prowess of women, providing them with the tools and support needed to thrive in the business world and positively impact their communities.

According to Forbes, women entrepreneurs encounter numerous challenges while navigating the business landscape[1]8 Major Challenges Women Face In Business One major challenge is the limited access to funding, with many women-owned businesses struggling to secure financial support due to gender biases and if they are minority business owners, also facing racial barriers.

Balancing responsibilities between business and family life often poses a significant challenge in the lives of successful women entrepreneurs, as women often find themselves torn between professional commitments and personal obligations. The fear of failure is a looming threat for many women entrepreneurs, often stemming from skepticism, imposter syndrome, and a lack of confidence or opportunity. Women also face other hurdles in business, such as inadequate support systems, gender inequality, microaggressions, and consistent prejudice surrounding skills and knowledge in business. Though there are few programs specifically tailored for women in business, the expectations and pressure to know more than their male counterparts is high. Women who are more timid or soft-spoken may face different challenges than women with more dominant personalities, and vice versa. Despite all these factors, in 2022, 47% of new business owners were women[2]The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs
. Bizzell believes empowering all women to believe in themselves and own their success is critical to overcoming these challenges and thriving in entrepreneurship.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the work of our global initiatives to bring equity and innovation to the small business industry. In the bustling entrepreneurial landscape of Kenya, a groundbreaking initiative has been established to change the game for women-owned businesses. The Bizzell-SNDBX XcelHERate Entrepreneurship Challenge (XcelHERate) is poised to uplift and celebrate the entrepreneurial prowess of women, providing them with the tools and support needed to thrive in the business world and positively impact their communities.

The XcelHERate initiative is designed to support young women entrepreneurs aged 18-35 with existing businesses that have demonstrated resilience and innovation. It seeks out businesses that challenge the status quo and offer unique, scalable products or services with a clear social impact. By empowering these women, XcelHERate aims to drive economic development and foster a culture of entrepreneurship in Kenya.

The importance of women’s entrepreneurship cannot be overstated. Women-owned businesses contribute significantly to economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction in communities worldwide. By supporting women entrepreneurs, we can unlock new sources of innovation, creativity, and productivity, driving overall economic development. Women entrepreneurs often also bring unique perspectives and solutions to the table, addressing the needs of underserved markets and driving social change. They are critical in advancing gender equality and empowering other women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Through the XcelHERate Challenge, women entrepreneurs in Kenya can access capital, build their skills, expand their networks, and gain business exposure. Investing in women entrepreneurs can help unlock their full potential and create a more inclusive and prosperous society.

The XcelHERate initiative promises to be a transformative experience for women entrepreneurs, empowering them to realize their full potential and become leaders in their respective industries. With the support of Bizzell, SNDBX, and the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem, these women are poised to make a lasting impact and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.


[1] 8 Major Challenges Women Face In Business
[2] The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs

Bridging Gaps in Public Health: Bizzell’s Trusted Partnership for Vital Health Programs

Bridging Gaps in Public Health: Bizzell’s Trusted Partnership for Vital Health Programs

By Editorial Staff

For more than a decade, Bizzell US (Bizzell) has contributed to developing a wide range of services across the public health sector, including a broad spectrum of healthcare services, ranging from primary care to specialized treatments, focusing on enhancing individual health and well-being. Our clinical teams are committed to providing high-quality patient care, ensuring comprehensive support across various medical needs. Bizzell is deeply invested in advancing public health through targeted initiatives aimed at disease prevention, health promotion, and community empowerment. By partnering with local stakeholders and organizations, we address health disparities and strive to improve health outcomes, fostering healthier and more resilient communities. Our most recent campaigns have surrounded the current COVID-19 pandemic, treating substance use disorder, workforce training and development, women and youth empowerment, equity, and mental health.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bizzell has been actively engaged in the fight against the virus, working tirelessly to implement comprehensive response strategies. From facilitating vaccination campaigns to providing logistical support for testing and contact tracing initiatives, Bizzell has played a vital role in mitigating the spread of the virus and protecting public health. Through collaboration with government agencies, healthcare organizations, and communities, Bizzell has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to combatting COVID-19 and safeguarding the well-being of individuals and families.

Recognizing the devastating impact of substance abuse on individuals and communities, Bizzell has contributed to the development of evidence-based prevention and treatment programs tailored to address the unique needs of diverse populations. By partnering with stakeholders at all levels, Bizzell has amplified efforts aimed at reducing substance abuse, promoting recovery, and supporting individuals and families affected by addiction. Through education, outreach, and community engagement initiatives, Bizzell has raised awareness about substance abuse issues, reduced stigma, and connected individuals with vital support services.

Bizzell is dedicated to promoting mental health and well-being by working on programs to improve access to quality mental health services and resources. Through workforce training programs, public awareness campaigns, and community-based interventions, Bizzell has worked to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to mental health care. By addressing the social determinants of mental health and promoting resilience and empowerment, Bizzell strives to improve the overall well-being of individuals and communities.

Bizzell recognizes the importance of addressing health disparities and ensuring equitable access to healthcare services for all. By collaborating with underserved communities and implementing culturally responsive interventions, Bizzell seeks to eliminate barriers to care and improve health outcomes among vulnerable populations. Bizzell is committed to building healthier and more equitable communities through initiatives promoting health equity and social justice.

Bizzell’s impact extends beyond national borders, with initiatives to address global health challenges and promote international collaboration. Through capacity-building efforts, disease surveillance programs, and humanitarian assistance projects, Bizzell leverages its expertise and resources to support global health initiatives and strengthen health systems worldwide. By partnering with international organizations and local stakeholders, Bizzell addresses the root causes of health disparities and promotes sustainable solutions for improved health outcomes.

Additionally, Bizzell delivers comprehensive behavioral health services tailored to support individuals and families facing mental health challenges, including counseling, therapy, and substance abuse treatment. Through advanced data analytics and population health management strategies, we assist healthcare organizations in optimizing care delivery and enhancing health outcomes for entire populations, addressing healthcare needs at the community level. Our commitment extends to rigorously examining preventive health programs, leveraging health technology solutions, fostering community health partnerships, engaging in health education and outreach initiatives, evaluating telehealth solutions, reviewing chronic disease management approaches, and participating in global health initiatives to promote health equity worldwide.

Bizzell’s decade-long commitment to public health excellence underscores its dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Through its work in addressing COVID-19, substance abuse, mental health, and health disparities, Bizzell has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to promoting health and well-being for all. As we look to the future, Bizzell remains steadfast in its mission to drive positive change and create healthier, more resilient communities at home and abroad.

Leveraging Data Analytics to Reduce Patient Readmissions: Bizzell’s Impact on Healthcare Quality

Leveraging Data Analytics to Reduce Patient Readmissions: Bizzell’s Impact on Healthcare Quality

By Editorial Staff

Hospitals face many unseen challenges in today’s ever-changing medical landscape. Service utilization, rising care costs, patient readmissions, optimal staffing, and insurance navigation are but a few issues that may arise in healthcare settings. Reducing patient readmissions is a critical priority in healthcare, as it improves patient outcomes and helps alleviate the strain on healthcare resources. In this realm, Bizzell US (Bizzell) stands out as an industry leader, harnessing the power of data analytics to drive transformative change and enhance patient care. High rates of patient readmissions present significant challenges and costs to healthcare systems. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over $52.4 billion (about $160 per person in the US) is spent annually to care for patients readmitted to the hospital within 30 days (about four weeks) for a previously treated condition[1]Is the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Associated with Reduced Hospital Readmissions? Frequent readmissions strain already stretched healthcare resources, especially amid the rise of COVID-19.

Various analytics techniques shape healthcare strategies. These strategies include predictive, prescriptive, descriptive, and discovery analytics. Predictive analytics aid in anticipating patient outcomes and optimizing prevention efforts, while prescriptive analytics focuses on treatment optimization. Descriptive analytics help us understand healthcare trends over time, including quality of care. It is often used to create reports about changes in historical data over time.

An example of this could be to look at how many face masks are ordered during a pandemic and the types requested during each pandemic. Prescriptive analytics occur when health problems are complex and fuse medical knowledge with data. Most evidence-based medical treatments are supported by prescriptive analytics.

Leveraging a complete spectrum of analytic tools enables us at Bizzell to redefine patient care and enhance the healthcare experience. Predictive analytics also operate on past performance, summarizing historical data to visualize new trends. Predicting risks in drug dosages, clinical trials, epidemic spreads, etc., these analytics find hidden patterns and illuminate them for healthcare professionals. Funding and allocation of funds are moved around utilizing these analytics. Planning healthcare resources, such as how many gauzes or vaccines to order, are confirmed through analytics. Discovery analytics uses knowledge to discover new medical trends, including treatments or instruments[2]The use of Big Data Analytics in healthcare

At Bizzell, our team of analytics experts is at the forefront of leveraging big data to support the reduction of patient readmissions. From analyzing patient records and drug costs to transforming clinical practice, our commitment to improving healthcare quality and administration shines through in every project we undertake.

Data analytics empower healthcare agencies to make informed decisions and revolutionize their approaches to healthcare delivery. Bizzell, a leader in the field, utilizes advanced analytic methodologies to extract actionable insights from vast datasets. For instance, Bizzell’s support of heart disease and stroke prevention involves sophisticated GIS analyses and statistical modeling to inform strategic priorities and program effectiveness.

Bizzell’s innovative solutions have yielded tangible results in reducing patient readmissions across various healthcare settings. For instance, by implementing predictive analytics models, we successfully identified at-risk patients and implemented targeted interventions to prevent readmissions. These interventions have significantly improved patient outcomes and healthcare efficiency, demonstrating the efficacy of Bizzell’s approaches. We assist our clients by applying advanced machine learning or predictive modeling techniques that uncover hidden patterns that contribute to our hospital partners not functioning optimally. From crisis planning and women’s health to combatting higher readmission rates, the need for data collection is high, but the value lies in the ability to sift through it all to find a true story.

The benefits of utilizing analytics in hospitals cannot be emphasized enough. Beyond cost savings, we aim to encompass improved patient outcomes and enhanced healthcare quality nationwide. Our partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) shows examples of our commitment to this work. Our focus was to re-adjust the standardized federal per diem payment rates paid to the 1,535 participating hospitals nationwide to account for cost changes (like wages) and resource utilization. These rate adjustments consider the beneficiary’s age, selected chronic conditions, and facility-level adjustments on ruralness, teaching status, and qualifying emergency department visits. In 2019, IPFs collectively served over 200,000 Medicare beneficiaries. For this project, ensuring we had the correct data and comparing the data over time was crucial for success.

There is immense potential for further advancements in using analytics to address patient readmissions and other factors contributing to hospital challenges, such as high supply costs, underutilized services, and streamlining healthcare processes. Bizzell remains at the forefront of this innovation, continuously striving to refine its methodologies and expand its impact. By contributing to ongoing efforts to improve healthcare quality and efficiency, Bizzell is driving positive change and shaping the future of healthcare delivery.


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Transforming Data Through Healthcare: Bizzell’s Analytic Expertise

Transforming Data Through Healthcare: Bizzell’s Analytic Expertise

By Editorial Staff

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, data analytics have a profound impact on transformative and patient-centric care. As we navigate the complexities of modern healthcare, data analytics revolutionize the way we understand, administer, and improve healthcare services.

Data analytics allow healthcare agencies to make informed decisions about ways to revolutionize their approaches to healthcare. Organizations and agencies in the healthcare sector are at the helm of change, steering us to unprecedented advancements. Enhancing healthcare quality can occur through advancing analytic methodologies. Analyzing vast datasets allows organizations such as Bizzell to extract trends to be implemented and applied[1]The use of Big Data Analytics in healthcare Many types of analytics are utilized in developing strategies in the healthcare industry. An example of this can be found in Bizzell’s support of heart disease and stroke prevention. Bizzell performs GIS analyses and produces maps that support the priorities of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Providing statistical support, utilizing databases relating to heart disease and stroke prevention outcomes and cardiovascular disease risk factors, we can conduct statistical analyses for agency members. We use this data to document the burden of heart disease and stroke and the reach of existing programs and policies that aim to increase quality of life.

There are other types of analytics used to develop healthcare strategies. These include predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and descriptive analytics. Predictive analytics include anticipating patient outcomes and disease patterns to optimize prevention. This would also include investigating staffing models and analyzing equipment utilization for appropriate resource distribution. Prescriptive analytics focuses more on treatment and historical data for patients, while descriptive analytics involves summarizing and interpreting historical data to find trends and patterns. Utilizing the complete spectrum of analytic tools can help redefine what we think we know about patient care and allow the opportunity to innovate modern technology to aid health navigation and enhance the overall patient experience.

Using data as a framework for technological advancement is also crucial to healthcare evolution. Programs such as machine learning algorithms and natural language processing such as the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), can help to develop personal treatment plans and extract insight from clinical notes. Remote patient monitoring allows providers to monitor the patients’ progress in real-time through wearable devices. Data analytics are utilized broadly throughout the healthcare system, from tech innovation to population health management. It also streamlines processes such as ordering medical supplies and inventory management.

At its core, data is a tool to be used for medical evolution, ushering in a wave of precision that has never been seen before. Using data to enhance personalized patient care, and tailoring treatments for environmental, medical, lifestyle, and genetic factors has never been easier than it is today.

Another example of this is our national work around vaccination rates. Bizzell supported efforts designed to increase vaccination rates for routinely recommended vaccines given to pregnant women, children, and adolescents. Our target was 14 metropolitan service areas across the U.S. with high numbers of non-medical exemptions in their kindergarten population. This was accomplished by enhancing the immunization culture in OB/GYN, family practices providing prenatal healthcare, and childbirth classes. We developed and disseminated educational materials to over 100 OB/GYN sites and childbirth education professionals. Bizzell staff worked with OB/GYN sites to modify workflows, implement quality improvement, and collect data throughout the project to evaluate implementation.

At Bizzell, our team of public health professionals, scientists, and researchers have extensive experience in sustainability and capacity building, program management, quality assurance and improvement, network development, and growth in healthcare settings. We use innovative algorithms and programs such as  BigML, SAS (Statistical Analysis Software), TableauR, and Excel. Our expertise includes working with vulnerable populations and racially and culturally diverse audiences on several public health issues. We have experience successfully reaching and training providers who serve vulnerable populations, understand the clinical realities facing programs serving vulnerable populations, and can create compelling products that engage our various audiences.

Our commitment to excellence in the healthcare sector extends beyond patient care to the very administrative processes that support healthcare systems. The crux of Bizzell’s analytical impact lies in its positive influence on patient outcomes. In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare administration, organizations embracing data analytics find themselves equipped with powerful tools to navigate challenges, enhance efficiency, and pave the way for a more streamlined and effective healthcare ecosystem that patients deserve.

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