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Why One Attendee Is Traveling From the U.S. Virgin Islands to the 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit

After two Category 5 hurricanes in one year, the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has a unique healthcare improvement journey ahead. Tina Comissiong, legal counsel and chief compliance officer of SRMC, knew she needed to attend the Healthcare Analytics Summit as soon as she learned about the event. SRMC was severely damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and recovery efforts have been underway ever since. In this article, Comissiong explains why she’s excited to attend this year’s summit and how she will apply what she learns to SRMC’s unique healthcare improvement journey.

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Academic Medical Centers: A Triple Threat Approach to Leveraging Healthcare Analytics

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are a triple threat on the healthcare court with their combined medical center, education, and research sections. With a unique set of resources, AMCs have the ability to take a  comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care. However, one of the challenges they still face is utilizing healthcare analytics effectively within the patient care setting. With the Healthcare Analytics Adoption Model and other data expertise, AMCs can learn how to merge siloed data, while improving operations, and delivering the highest quality of care to each patient.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 2, 2019

Data drives healthcare improvement and is an imperative resource for navigating a changing healthcare landscape. But healthcare data is complex, and it can be difficult to leverage. This week's news roundup is all about healthcare data management: Three principles of using data to its full potential; how data ethics is now a strategic business weapon; what you need to know about "dark data"; and, four critical phrases of healthcare data governance.

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Healthcare Data Management: Three Principles of Using Data to Its Full Potential

Author Douglas Laney is now tackling the topic of Infonomics: the practice of information economics. In his 2017 book, Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an asset for competitive advantage, Laney provides detailed rationale as well as a thoughtful framework for treating information as a modern-day organization’s most valuable asset. This article walks through how healthcare organizations can leverage data to its full potential using this framework and the three principles of infonomics:

  • Measure - How much data does the organization have? What is it worth?
  • Manage - What data does the organization have? Where is it stored?
  • Monetize - How does the organization use data?

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Weekly News Roundup: July 26, 2019

Our focus in this week's news roundup is precision medicine: four trends to make it possible; a precision medicine approach to cognitive disease treatment; how real-world data (RWD) and evidence are becoming more prominent in clinical research; and, does precision medicine have a minority problem?

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The Health Catalyst IPO: Continuing Our Mission

On July 25, 2019, our Health Catalyst CEO, Dan Burton, the rest of the executive leadership team, and dozens of fellow team members celebrated the Health Catalyst IPO in New York City. More than 700 team members and their families all over the world joined the celebration during events held locally—from Salt Lake City to Boston to Columbus to Singapore. This was a day long-in-the-making, starting with our prescient co-founders Tom Burton and Steve Barlow in 2008. From those early days onward, Health Catalyst has been a mission-driven company committed to being the catalyst for massive, measurable, data-informed healthcare improvement.

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Weekly News Roundup: July 19, 2019

Health systems are facing more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings. As a result, many organizations have turned their attention to cost-per-case as an area for potential financial improvements. In this week's news roundup: how healthcare cost-per-case improvements deliver big bottom-line savings; sepsis treatment costs shoot up $1.5 billion for hospitals over three years; cost-accounting-adoption-slow-decades-now-hyper-speed; and, hospital leaders see clear ROI for supply chain analytics, but most use outdated processes.

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How Healthcare Cost-Per-Case Improvements Deliver Big Bottom-Line Savings

As health systems face more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings, they’re turning their attention to cost-per-case improvement projects. These strategies can produce quick wins for improvement teams looking to gain momentum and buy-in. This article addresses the following topics:

  1. How to identify areas of opportunity.
  2. The importance of costing accuracy.
  3. Four strategies for implementing cost-per-case improvement projects.
  4. Example projects for new teams.
  5. How to sustain results.

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Weekly News Roundup: July 12, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs): why they might be today's top solution for healthcare interoperability demands; how to achieve a network-of-networks with health data standardization; the top five things to know about CCDs; and more.

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Continuity of Care Documents: Today’s Top Solution for Healthcare Interoperability Demands

While healthcare waits for the expanded data interoperability that FHIR promises, the industry needs an immediate solution for accessing and using disparate data from across the continuum of care. With FHIR potentially several years away, continuity of care documents (CCDs) are the best option for acquiring the ambulatory clinical care data health systems need to close quality gaps today. Because organizations that rely only on claims data to drive quality improvement risk missing out on more that 80 percent of patient information, CCDs are the current must-have answer to interoperability for successful quality improvement.

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Justin Aronson: A High School Student and HAS 19 Keynote Who’s Transforming the Understanding of Genetic Variants

According to the next generation of healthcare transformation leaders, data democratization is mission critical for the future of improvement. High school student Justin Aronson explains how he leverages open-source health laboratory data to build a tool that improves the clinical interpretation of sequenced genetic variants. Aronson’s cloud-based data integration and visualization system, Variant Explorer, runs on genomic and phenotype data that’s feely accessible on the public archive ClinVar. He says that large-scale data democratization is the key to current and future healthcare problem solving.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 28, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about data-driven care: how data accessibility and analytics enables data-driven emergency care; how a new data sharing partnership with the American Heart Association boosts medical emergency outcomes; How AI and machine learning will fuel future population health management efforts; and how smart speakers my be able to detect cardiac arrests.

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Healthcare’s Next Revolution: Finding Success in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

A series of revolutions has driven the development of the U.S. healthcare system, enabling dramatic improvements in all aspects of healthcare quality and outcomes over the past century. Although healthcare organizations have focused on moving towards value-based care for decades, the data shows that the shift is indeed taking place and fee-for-service models are declining. New changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will help drive this change as revisions to MSSP require ACOs to take on more financial risk earlier. This article covers the following topics:

  1. Important moments in history that led to today’s current challenges.
  2. Why financial imperatives drive cultural change in our economic model.
  3. Ways MSSP can help healthcare organizations achieve financial success.
  4. How to utilize data to develop better healthcare delivery systems.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 21, 2019

Big changes are in store for MSSP ACOs with the Pathways to Success final rule poised to take affect soon. In this week's news roundup: strategies to help ACOs boost savings; why changes to MSSP may be the beginning of an important cultural shift; a new study finds that MSSP ACOs do not improve savings or quality; and how downside risk will impact participation in Pathways to Success.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 14, 2019

Population health is the phrase of the week. In this week's roundup: a lesson from precision medicine that helps inform healthcare leaders on improving population health; three ways healthcare professionals can use social media to improve population health; an introduction to a data- and analytics-first approach to population health management; and how academic medical centers can boost population health management.

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Introducing the Health Catalyst Population Health Foundations Solution: A Data- and Analytics-first Approach to PHM

Introducing the Health Catalyst Population Health Foundations solution, which draws on integrated claims and clinical data, and provides essential, extensible tools and machine-learning capabilities for optimizing results in value-based risk arrangements. Accompanying solution services ensure that the strategic value of data is maximized to improve performance in risk contracts—and provide side-by-side subject matter expert partnership for establishing short- and long-term goals for population health management.

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Introducing Population Builder™: Stratification Module

The Health Catalyst Population Builder: Stratification Module allows healthcare organizations to identify the right patient populations in order to deliver the right care at the right time. The solution provides a seamless process for stratifying populations from multiple sources (EMR, claims, and clinical), using pre-defined, easily customized populations as building blocks. With a comprehensive view of the patients they manage, organizations can map populations along their continuum of care and confidently transition appropriate populations to population health interventions.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 7, 2019

A health system's board of trustees plays a critical role in decision-making and governance but often lacks oversight. In this week's news roundup: six guidelines for engaging the board in quality and safety; AHA study shows that hospital boards see low turnover but lack diversity and succession planning; an assessment tool allows health system boards to track their performance; and, why all hospital boards deserve greater scrutiny

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Health Catalyst Named 2019 Healthcare IT Corporate Innovator

Utah HIMSS (UHIMSS) recognized Health Catalyst for its innovative leadership with the 2019 UHIMSS Healthcare IT Corporate Innovator award. Dale Sanders, Health Catalyst President of Technology, accepted the honor on behalf of his organization at the UHIMSS 2019 spring conference on May 17. He shared some key insights into what makes a great environment for ongoing innovation, including these valuable sources for invention and originality:

  1. Mischief
  2. Humor
  3. Depression
  4. Pen and paper
  5. Naivety
  6. Pattern recognition
  7. Walking

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Engaging Health System Boards of Trustees in Quality and Safety: Six Must-Know Guidelines

The quality and patient safety movement of the early 21st century called for greater board of trustee involvement in improvement. However, too many health systems still don’t have the resources in place to effectively engage their boards around quality and safety measures. Six guidelines describe how organizations can better leverage data to inform their boards:

  1. Emphasize quality and patient safety goals.
  2. Leverage National Quality Forum-endorsed measures.
  3. Use benchmarking and risk adjustment to select targets.
  4. Access data beyond the EHR.
  5. Provide data and information for multiple organizational levels.
  6. Develop a board-specific measurement and presentation strategy.

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Weekly News Roundup: May 31, 2019

Healthcare payer models are changing rapidly. This week's roundup features new and emerging healthcare payment models: the top five financial opportunities for payers; healthcare experts weigh in on the five new CMS Primary Care payment models; why some healthcare executives are calling for Stark Law reform; and what payment looks like in social determinants of health programs.

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Today’s Top Five Healthcare Payer Financial Opportunities

Healthcare payers today must develop new business models to address the industry’s mounting challenges around cost, access, and quality. The best emerging models are simple and aligned, accommodate all stakeholders’ needs, and center on the patients/members. Five key payer opportunities provide a framework for new models that will support the healthcare transformation goals of lower cost, better quality, and increased access:

  1. Understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
  2. Be ready for potential shifts due to regulatory impacts.
  3. Understand how social determinants of health impact members.
  4. Focus on provider relations.
  5. Prepare for future trends.

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Weekly News Roundup: May 24, 2019

With the right evidence, analytics, and methods, providers and improvement teams can transform healthcare, improving the quality of patient care and the bottom line. This week's news roundup focuses on healthcare quality improvement projects: top examples, battling prolonged lengths of stay with data, closing care gaps with technology, and streamlining data for health plan quality reporting.

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Physician Burnout and the EHR: Addressing Five Common Burdens

So far, the EHR hasn’t delivered on its original intent to improve patient care with more efficiency and personalization and lower cost. Instead, physician users blame the systems for worsening their experience and the quality of their care in significant ways:

  1. Less time for patient interaction and worsened quality of interaction.
  2. An extended workday.
  3. Poor design (difficult to use).
  4. Demands of quality measures.
  5. Cost and maintenance.
Despite these challenges, the EHR is likely here to stay. Health systems have invested heavily in their electronic reporting systems and are now focused on making these technologies and processes work for the benefit of patients and providers. CIOs are working towards better aligning digital health goals with physician experience for an environment where EHRs enable smarter, not harder, work.

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Weekly News Roundup: May 17, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about ACOs: the past, present, and future of ACOs and CINs; why some provider groups want to make the next generation of ACOs permanent; the reason some ACOs stay in the MSSP; and why half of ACOs are likely to exit MSSP due to new downside risk requirements.

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