Allscripts Population Health Management clients recently gathered in Pittsburgh for our annual user conference, Population Health University (PHU), where they spent time learning, sharing and connecting. About 300 attendees networked and attended educational presentations over the course of three days, hearing how their peers are executing strategies to improve the health of individuals and populations, while better managing costs and improving operational performance.

The innovations and successes shared were nothing less than remarkable.

Holston Medical Group (HMG), for example, is using analytics to drive culture change among providers and achieve success with accountable care. HMG identifies high-risk patients and realigns care delivery priorities so providers see these individuals more frequently for better outcomes. In 18 months, HMG realized a double-digit reduction in hospital readmission rates among a select group of patients—even among those with complex chronic conditions. Plus, it added millions to its bottom line through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Springfield Clinic, which served as an incubator for Allscripts FollowMyHealth™ patient engagement platform, shared its vision for achieving value-based care. Its multi-staged approach includes adopting technologies and solutions to enable better care coordination and management through interoperability and connectivity, as well as to improve consumer engagement and patient activation. Data analytics are used both predictively and at the point of care to stratify populations, close gaps in care and support clinical decision making. Springfield’s overarching objective: to move from simply providing care to genuinely managing health.

The list goes on: the University of California presented its successful home monitoring program for elderly patients using consumer technologies and Allscripts care coordination solutions…HealthFirst is leveraging Allscripts Sunrise Acute Care EHR™ and the dbMotion™ platform to fuse delta community clinical information directly into the patient record…and Citrus Valley Health Partners is developing population health management initiatives targeted at specific ethnic neighborhoods within its service area where incidence of chronic disease like diabetes is high.

Much of the conference was focused on innovation, building from the idea that technology can be a differentiator for healthcare organizations in today’s demanding and competitive environment. Reform will continue to drive healthcare in new and challenging directions. Those who will succeed in upcoming years will build upon their core HIT systems, leveraging data and analytics to extract meaningful intelligence from existing data sources. And they will expand their scope to integrate consumer technologies to change the face of healthcare and engage patients in ways that have a genuine impact on behavior and well-being.

The three days spent with clients and colleagues at PHU were highly rewarding. The accomplishments shared were significant and the dedication to improving patient care was awe-inspiring. I am confident all left Pittsburgh re-energized and recommitted to making a difference in their own organizations and communities.

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With deep domain expertise in community connectivity and future-focused health information technologies, Peter McClennen was tapped by Allscripts in 2013 to architect its promising population health management strategy and accelerate growth. McClennen came to Allscripts from dbMotion, where he had served as president and, over the course of five years, successfully established the company’s solution as the preeminent health information exchange platform in the U.S. A graduate of University of Rhode Island, McClennen held product management, marketing and executive roles with a number of leading healthcare companies including AMICAS, Inc., GE Healthcare and Fujifilm Medical Systems early in his career.

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Carolyn Hartley says:

08/10/2015 at 9:21 am

Praise to you, Peter, for your work.

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