On the Population Health and Cost Transformation Stage, Care Management is the Star

Joe’s story isn’t a unique one in the U.S. Having been admitted to the hospital five times in one month, Joe isn’t taking his medications and doesn’t exercise. In short, he struggles to follow his care plan. The Care Management Show, an entertaining, interactive theatrical performance, demonstrates why health systems need to adopt innovative, data-driven approaches to care management that prevent patients from falling through the cracks by integrating all aspects of patient care:

  • Data integration.
  • Patient stratification and intake.
  • Care coordination.
  • Patient engagement.
  • Performance measurement.
Throughout the show, the audience witnesses how care management done right transforms not only Joe’s life, but also Millrock Hospital’s profitability. We see how health systems can leverage technology to engage their “Joes” to increase care plan adherence and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

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Use ACE Scores in Machine Learning to Predict Disease Earlier and Improve Outcomes

The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanent showed a strong correlation between ACEs and negative health outcomes later in life (e.g., risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, and early death). ACE scores help paint a more complete picture of a person’s health history—a more comprehensive data snapshot of the entire patient. Given that ACE scores build better data sets and machine learning relies on high-quality data, health systems should incorporate these nutrient-rich data sources into their machine learning models to better predict negative health outcomes, allow for earlier interventions, and improve outcomes. Healthcare machine learning is evolving to use ACE scores and lifestyle data (e.g., eating habits) to improve population health management.

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Healthcare Analytics Summit 2017 Final Day: Thursday Recap

On Thursday, the last day of the Healthcare Analytics Summit, attendees learned about a “flipped” health system from Maureen Bisognano; found out from Robert DeMichiei that we “have a cost problem” (but it’s not what you think); discovered the four ways healthcare got into this predicament—and what to do about it—according to David Nash, MD; and saw what a “Coalition of the Willing” can do in low-income communities with the HAS Documentary.

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Healthcare Analytics Summit 2017 Kicks Off: Wednesday Recap

The 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit started Tuesday night with the Analytics Walkabout, the Products and Services Showcase, and the Care Management Show. Wednesday morning featured a fascinating keynote addresses from Thomas Davenport, Eric Topol, and Dale Sanders. Attendees were also treated to the HAS 17 Edition of “Hollywood Squares” with Tom Burton.

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Healthcare Culture: Choosing a Systems-Based Approach Over Punishment and Reward

It’s often human nature to look for a culprit or hero when there’s a setback or success. In healthcare, however, this punishment-and-reward formula puts patient outcomes at risk, as it doesn’t consider all factors that contribute to a result and lead to a better process. The key to failure or success is most likely a chain of events, and not an individual action. To avoid the same mistake again or build on good practices, healthcare leaders must look at the system, not the individual or their actions. Effective improvement leadership will standby a systems approach, even under the most challenging circumstances.

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Healthcare Decision Support: A Modern Tool for Today’s Chief Nursing Officer

Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs), essential members of health system C-Suite teams, need healthcare decision support to align nursing resources with systemwide goals. Although nursing’s purpose hasn’t changed, the tools and skills needed to achieve it have. In today’s data-driven, increasingly complex care environment, nursing leaders rely on skills that extend beyond their initial training as nurses; they need expertise in finance, IT, and analytics, among other areas. CNOs, like Faye of Pennington Health, depend on healthcare decision support systems for easy access to data that helps them identify and prioritize the best opportunities, address challenges, and improve outcomes. CNOs who embrace the fact that advanced analytical tools are critical to improving care quality and reducing care costs are poised to effectively lead their systems toward achieving financial, strategic, clinical, and operational objectives.

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Chilmark Report Studies the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Market Trends and Vendors

Chilmark’s 2017 Healthcare Analytics Market Trends Report is a trove of insights to the analytics solutions driving the management of population health and the transition to new reimbursement models. The report reviews the analytics market forces at work, such as:

  • The need to optimize revenue under diverse payment models.
  • The increasing importance of analytics in general, and a platform in specific, that can aggregate all data.
  • Continuing confusion about how to react to MIPS and APMs.
  • The growing importance of providing a comprehensive set of open and standard APIs.
  • The need for better tools to create analytics-ready data stores.
The report is also a succinct guide to the 17 leading analytics vendors (which represent EHR, HIE, payer, and independent categories) with the most promising products, technology, and services offerings in the market.

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Investing in Partnerships for Outcomes Improvement

Many healthcare organizations invest for financial, strategic, and operational reasons. These investments cover a broad spectrum of opportunities, from medical technology, to delivery models, to promising new research. Health Catalyst follows these investment avenues, building long-term relationships, and connecting with its partners in three ways:

  1. As owners.
  2. As innovators.
  3. As customers.
The sole focus of these investments and partnerships is outcomes improvement—a unique approach in healthcare—supported by the operating principles of ownership, pragmatic innovation, and transparency. In this first article of a series, Kyle Salyers, Health Catalyst Senior Vice President of Business Development, explores the partnership “flywheel” and the collaborative nature that underscores a successful healthcare investment platform.

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Interoperability in Healthcare Delivers Critical Health Information at the Point of Care

Interoperability in healthcare, despite frequent objections by EHR vendors and health systems (e.g. “EHR integration is too difficult to manage”), is integral to delivering high quality patient care. Interoperability means different things to different health system stakeholders, from leaders seeing it as a purchase they must defend, to clinicians relying on it to get the information they need, when they need it. But it boils down to delivering the highest-quality, most effective, and most efficient care to patients—a goal that’s easier to define than achieve. One of interoperability’s most important use cases, EHR integration, is challenged by EHR vendors and health systems worried about integration challenges, from HIT vendors wanting to integrate too many tools, to EHR access fears. Fortunately, objections are dissipating with the introduction of national interoperability policy and better cooperation among industry participants. Amidst these distractions, health systems need to regain focus on interoperability’s top goal: improving patient care by making the best information available at the point of care.

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HAS 17 Session Shares Strategy for Achieving Triple Aim

Like many U.S. health systems, Allina Health understands the importance of the Triple Aim in today’s healthcare environment—as the industry confronts rising costs along with inadequate quality of care. With the move toward value-based care, these factors will increasingly impact market share. Allina is responding with its Clinical Value Process initiative. The organization uses this fully integrated multidisciplinary strategy to make outcomes improvement decisions and measure both the quality and fiscal performance of improvement projects. Key elements of Clinical Value Process include:

  1. Reducing variation.
  2. Organizing for a systemwide improvement plan.
  3. Using data to identify improvement opportunities and monitor progress.

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