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Holly Rimmasch

Holly Rimmasch serves as the Chief Clinical Officer and SVP & GM, Clinical Quality Business Unit at Health Catalyst. She brings more than three decades of healthcare experience to her role, ranging from direct patient care to clinical and operational healthcare strategy and management. Key areas of accountability include clinical improvement, patient safety, quality, and population health. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, she had many roles including the role of the Assistant VP at Intermountain Healthcare responsible for Clinical Services and the system Clinical Operations Director for Cardiovascular and Intensive Medicine. At Intermountain and Health Catalyst, Holly has held leadership roles enabling her to affect change at a system level. Holly also co-founded and was a Principal in HMS, Inc, a healthcare strategic consulting firm focusing on population health. She has spent the last 25 years dedicated to identifying opportunities through data and analytics, implementing best practices, supporting adoption, and improving clinical, operational and financial outcomes. Holly 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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Holly Rimmasch
Ed Corbett, MD
Anne Marie Bickmore

A Sustainable Healthcare Emergency Management Framework: COVID-19 and Beyond

With an ever-changing understanding of COVID-19 and a continually fluctuating disease impact, health systems can’t rely on a single, rigid plan to guide their response and recovery efforts. An effective solution is likely a flexible framework that steers hospitals and other providers through four critical phases of a communitywide healthcare emergency:

Prepare for an outbreak.
Prevent transmission.
Recover from an outbreak.
Plan for the future.

The framework must include data-supported surveillance and containment strategies to enhance detection, reduce transmission, and manage capacity and supplies, providing a roadmap to respond to immediate demands and also support a sustainable long-term pandemic response.

Holly Rimmasch
Ed Corbett, MD

Healthcare Trends During COVID-19: Top Five Areas to Watch

COVID-19 is now a commanding force in healthcare, and outbreak-driven trends will continue to influence the industry and impact patients for the foreseeable future. Understanding and preparing for activity in five critical categories will help health systems navigate the next phases of the COVID-19 era:

A potential vaccine—confronting availability and distribution challenges.
Virtual care—managing the best interests of patients and providers.
Models of care—accommodating changing delivery and long-term needs of COVID-19 patients.
Healthcare resource management—planning for and recovering from financial and capacity strain.
Data—improving accuracy, availability, and timeliness for pandemic management.

Holly Rimmasch

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

Holly Rimmasch
Kathleen Merkley, DNP, APRN, FNP
Kirstin Scott
Susan Easton
Tracy Vayo

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.

Holly Rimmasch

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