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5 interoperability findings you should know

Our industry is swirling with health data exchange initiatives to enable better population health management. Everyone understands that an open, collaborative approach will help us achieve the promise of interoperability. But to shape successful efforts, it’s important to take a step back and look at available research on interoperability. What does the evidence tell us about factors that will lead to population health success? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) offers many helpful resources. Two ONC data briefs* offer compelling facts and figures that should shape our interoperability efforts, including the following research about U.S. hospitals: 1) 46% of hospitals have access to electronic patient data, from sources outside their clinical systems, at the point of care This is the national average in 2015, which is up from 41% in 2014. This research also shows […]

This week I testified before the United States House of Representatives. It was an honor to represent the healthcare IT industry and share how innovations are driving efficiencies and improvements. Here are excerpts from that testimony: Despite some bumps in the road, as can be expected in times of change, there have been huge leaps forward in our industry in recent years that never would have happened had Congress not provided the impetus for ubiquitous adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). These changes have disrupted paper systems that stood for decades, and the result is a new digital ecosystem of caregivers, software developers and patients, allowing all to take a fresh look at how processes can be enhanced via automation. Fortunately, following disruption, there is innovation and opportunity. Allow me to provide a few examples: Allscripts dbMotion™ interoperability platform brings […]

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4 ways to reclaim the claims process

In an era when the healthcare community is working to improve quality of service and delivery and to reduce costs, the reimbursement process is under intense scrutiny. Organizations are asking themselves: How can we simplify the claims process? Are there ways to save time? What can we do to make our claims more accurate to help speed payments? In a series of recent case studies, three clients have shared their experiences using Allscripts Payerpath® Solutions to reclaim their claims processes. Here are four examples: 1) Collect more patient payments Patient payments are the fastest growing portion of many providers’ revenue streams. Unfortunately, according to the American Hospital Association, as much as 5.3% of expenses are written off each year as uncompensated care, representing $42.8 billion in losses. One of the ways Burton Creek Rural Clinic (West Plains, Missouri, U.S.A.) is […]

If there’s one thing we know about EHRs, users hate clicks. And for good reason. Clicking and scrolling historically have represented extra time, effort and evidence of not understanding an efficient workflow. Click reduction is often cited as the best way to improve electronic health record (EHR) usability. Our gut instinct tells us that we should do everything we can to reduce clicks. Yes, unnecessary steps are annoying and should be removed. But we have to be careful that we don’t actually increase cognitive load, hinder decision making and reduce overall efficiency and satisfaction in our zeal to reduce clicks and scrolling. There is a great deal of research available that should guide the design, implementation and customization of EHR interfaces. In the evidence-based practice of medicine, scientific evidence should also guide Health IT usability decisions. Some of these known […]

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Want to improve shared C-CDA content? Try the new scorecard

  • George E. Cole, Jr.
  • 08/16/2016

Across the Healthcare IT industry, from providers to software developers, and even into the U.S. Senate, we continue to hear that the content of shared Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) documents, in spite of improved guides and constraints, are not meaningfully useful. There continues to be wide divergence of documents across the vendor and provider communities. For example we have heard: Documents are ginormous (a very technical term). We cannot find what we need. It’s just a CCD – where’s the narrative? Where is the operative note? And more… In prior Allscripts posts we touched on many of these points, such as in the Relevant and Pertinent survey post. Results from this survey will be published soon. However, we now have another opportunity to help improve the content of C-CDA using a new scoring tool for C-CDA R2.1, the version of content […]

It’s been a privilege to be named to Health Data Management’s 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT and feature insights on this blog from some of these women leaders*. Their responses, and encouragement from my colleagues, inspired me to share my own answers to the following questions. Describe your current role and the path you took to get there. As Allscripts Analytics Chief Medical Officer, my role is to provide medical leadership to a world-class team to develop, design and deploy predictive models to improve health. My introduction to population data and analytics came during my health systems and trauma care fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Having finished my master’s degree in Public Health, I was eager to bring together my interest in improving health systems and background in surgery to improve trauma care in Kenya. Why did you choose […]

Recognized as an industry leader in interoperability, UPMC is a healthcare provider and insurer that operates more than 20 hospitals and 500 outpatient sites. A talented UPMC Interoperability team drives the organization’s efforts toward excellence in connectivity. We recently gleaned some valuable insights from two members of this team, Diane Michalec, RN, MSN, director of interoperability and Amy Urban, DO, MPH , clinical director of interoperability. They shared career advice and their perspectives on population health management: Tell me a little about your current role and the path you took to get there. Diane: I am currently the Director of Interoperability at UPMC and have responsibilities for managing the enterprise wide point of care application along with strategic planning and oversight of the interoperability program. I came into my first IT role from a critical care nurse background and have […]

Editor’s Note: Health Data Management recently named the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, including Allscripts Analytics Chief Medical Officer Fatima Paruk. This post is one in a series that features insights from some of these women leaders, including Kara Marx , Kate Pavlovich and Dr. Carol Steltenkamp. Few people in the industry have achieved as much as Carol Steltenkamp, M.D., MBA, FAAP, FHIMSS. She is the chief medical information officer at UK HealthCare, which is the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.), serves as chair for the HIMSS International Board of Directors, and is a professor of pediatrics at the UK College of Medicine. Even with all of these responsibilities, she still finds time to see pediatric patients. Her passion for helping others is inspiring, as is the advice she shared in a recent interview. Highlights […]

At the 2016 Pop Health Forum, healthcare providers delved into one of the industry’s most pressing issues: How do we meet demand on the fee-for-service side while simultaneously controlling risk on the value-based-care side? Allscripts Vice President of Solutions Management Jim Bresee helped address that question in this video: Delivering the complete patient record at the point of care Today, patient data resides in many different places. For clinicians to have a complete view of their patients, they need technology that can bring this data together in a way that is accurate and useful. First and foremost, it’s critical to know the record is aggregating the data for the right patient. When you bring information together from inside and outside the organization, you have to know with absolute certainty you have the right patient. Technology must use reliable patient identification […]

Editor’s Note: Health Data Management recently named the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, including Allscripts Analytics Chief Medical Officer Fatima Paruk. This post is one in a series that features insights from some of these women leaders, including Kara Marx , Kate Pavlovich and Dr. Carol Steltenkamp. A fellow honoree from the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT awards reminded me that with recognition comes a responsibility to share knowledge and experience with others. It’s a principle that’s especially true in health care, which is by nature is a collaborative field. From Sharp Healthcare (San Diego, California, U.S.A.), Vice President Information Technology Applications Kara Marx recently shared some of her insights with us. Here are highlights from that conversation: Describe your current role and the path you took to get there. In my current role at Sharp, I manage a team […]