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Holly Rimmasch

Ms. Rimmasch brings over 28 years of experience in bedside care, as well as clinical and operational healthcare management to Health Catalyst. She has spent the last 17 years dedicated to improving clinical care including implementation of operational best practices. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Ms. Rimmasch was an Assistant Vice President at Intermountain Healthcare responsible for Clinical Services (Pharmacy, Laboratory, Respiratory, Case Management, Rehabilitation Services, Food and Nutrition, Patient and Provider Publications, Clinical Operations for Imaging, Patient Flow, Pain Services, Continuum of Care) and was integral in promoting integration of Clinical Operations across hospitals, ambulatory settings and managed care plans. Prior to her role in Clinical Services, she served as the Clinical Operations Director and Vice-Chair of Intermountain's Cardiovascular and Intensive Medicine Clinical Programs. She also was the co-founder of and Principal in HMS, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm focusing on assessing, developing strategies and implementing best practices for populations across the continuum of care (physician offices, managed care, hospitals, and long-term care). Ms. Rimmasch holds a Master of Science in Adult Physiology from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Brigham Young University.

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Four Population Health Management Strategies that Help Organizations Improve Outcomes

Population health management (PHM) strategies help organizations achieve sustainable outcomes improvement by guiding transformation across the continuum of care, versus focusing improvement resources on limited populations and acute care. Because population health comprises the complete picture of individual and population health (health behaviors, clinical care social and economic factors, and the physical environment), health systems can use PHM strategies to ensure that improvement initiatives comprehensively impact healthcare delivery.
Organizations can leverage four PHM strategies to achieve sustainable improvement:

Data transformation
Analytic transformation
Payment transformation
Care transformation

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Kathleen Merkley, DNP, APRN, FNP
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What Do You Get With a Clinical Improvement Application from Health Catalyst?

Transforming healthcare takes more than just dashboards and data. It takes an entirely new approach combining best practices, analytics, and adoption of the improvement program throughout the entire organization. Which is why Health Catalyst Clinical Improvement Applications offer tools to help organizations with all three of those systems. The applications contain starter content (best practices), which includes a knowledge brief, a care process improvement map, and an outcomes improvement packet. Of course, analytics is also part of the applications in the form of precise patient registries, outcomes and process metrics, and visualizations. And finally, Health Catalyst includes deployment services to drive adoption of improvement work. This includes engagement with health system teams and sharing of insights based on work from a variety of healthcare organizations across the country and the world. Armed with a Clinical Improvement Application, a health system is in a better position to make real, meaning changes resulting in outcomes improvement for patients and itself.

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How to Develop a Robust Clinical Content System

On average it takes seventeen years for medical research findings to make their way into standard clinical practice. Healthcare organizations are being challenged to find much faster ways to implement evidence-based best practices into everyday care delivery. Successful implementation of a robust content system is critical for hospitals to drive clinical integration more quickly and efficiently across the organization to achieve improved, sustainable outcomes. There are 5 major steps including:. 1. Performing key process analysis; 2. Understanding the population; 3. Understanding best practices and current state; 4. Identifying key metrics; and 5. Defining specific goals

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