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3 ways to build a better hospital budget

Featured in a new success story, Kaleida Health (Buffalo, New York, USA) recently used Allscripts EPSiTM to save more than $20 million in one year – while still maintaining a high quality of care. The organization, one of the largest in Western New York, needed to reduce overall spending to remain competitive. Kaleida Health turned to EPSi, which provides clients integrated budgeting, financial decision support and long-range financial planning, helping to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs and maximizing revenues. Kaleida Health used three methods to identify total cost opportunities throughout the organization: 1)      Break up the budget process. The team at Kaleida Health examined each service line individually, determining the utilization and per-patient cost targets. “Breaking it into smaller pieces made it more actionable,” said Kaleida Health Senior Director of Decision Support Christine Lanza. 2)      Develop a strategic approach. […]

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Big time data analytics in a small town

Search for examples on data analytics in health care, and you’re likely to find lots of stories featuring large integrated health systems in urban areas. But don’t overlook what’s happening in rural communities such as Hutchinson, Kansas. It’s the focus of a recent Healthcare Informatics article, Innovation on the Plains: Hutchinson Clinic’s Bold Data Moves. Hutchinson Clinic CIO, Bob Davidson, points out that though the clinic is based in a small town (population: 45,000), more than 262,000 patients from across the state actively rely on the organization for care. With Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR as its core solution, Davidson shares advice on the value of data, including these insightful quotes from the article: Value of coordinated care “Our doctors have to do their own rounds with the hospital across the street, and take turns covering their call, and so on. And […]

Editor’s Note 1/28/15: Ovum recently featured this client in a publication, “Best-Practice Electronic Patient Record Deployment at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.” Download it here. When Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, located in Salford, United Kingdom, received funding to go semi-mobile in its wards, the organization partnered with Allscripts to help bring the project to life. The effort required a very rapid development timeline, with the project beginning and launching in less than 9 months. Salford Royal has been using an EPR for more than 10 years, and implemented Sunrise™ Acute Care (formerly known as Sunrise Clinical Manager) in June of 2013, so clinicians were familiar with the multitude of benefits that come with going paperless. But Salford Royal needed a flexible, cutting-edge system it could tailor to meet the needs of its patients and clinicians, helping reach the organization’s […]

Small, independent physician practices have the best of healthcare IT worlds, and the worst. On the plus side, they can control everything that happens inside their walls. They have access to their clinical and financial data. They can be more nimble with Healthcare IT decisions than larger organizations, from selection to implementation to governance. But if small practices don’t have analytics, they could be losing money. And they may not even realize it. Most practices don’t have the right tools Small practices likely have reporting tools in their electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solutions. “Canned” reports can help track and monitor certain aspects of a practice, which is essential to having a healthy core. But it takes more sophisticated analytics tools to really understand things like referral patterns, clinical pathways, care coordination – especially in context with cost […]

North Shore – Long Island Jewish (NSLIJ) is one of the largest integrated health systems in the United States. Our team recently interviewed NSLIJ Chief Medical Information Officer Mitchell A. Adler, MD. We asked him about two significant NSLIJ accomplishments in 2014: a rapid response to Ebola and attesting to Meaningful Use. Here are highlights from that interview: Q. How did NSLIJ respond to Ebola? A. NSLIJ is one of only 35 centers in the U.S. approved to treat Ebola, which is a tremendous accomplishment. Like most health systems, we also needed to quickly develop an Ebola screening workflow to identify patients at risk for the disease. Using evidence-based guidance from the Center for Disease Control and New York Department of Health, we presented all patients with two screening questions, one about recent travel to affected areas and the other […]