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. Unfortunately in Kenya, the burden of injury is poorly defined due to lack of data, and the concept of hospital quality improvement is still emerging. Setting up an injury surveillance system was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value of data by identifying and addressing gaps in care of the injured patient. As we started to collect clinical data on trauma patients we recognized inconsistencies in providers’ level of data collection expertise, resulting in numerous issues with the collection, entry and extraction of data. To overcome these issues, we transitioned from […]

Because our clients consistently innovate and exchange best practices, they represent the best and brightest in health care. One of the ways we help fuel their progress is by staying on top of industry trends and highlighting best practices. To further help the healthcare community succeed, we’re sharing these insights and client outcomes through our new magazine: Continuum. We launched our first issue, and some of the highlights include: Exchanging patient information to improve care. Canadian client Fraser Health Authority uses the Allscripts dbMotion™Solution to make all relevant clinical information from multiple source systems available at the point of care. Is ACO the Way to Go? What independent physician practices should consider reimbursement models shift to value-based-care models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Focusing on the Patient. Family Practice Associates, a large family practice in central Kentucky, U.S.A., describes how Allscripts Professional […]

Tucked between large metropolitan centers on the East Coast, Berkshire Medical Center serves a population of about 130,000 people across 1,000 square miles of western Massachusetts. Clinicians there have launched a health information exchange (HIE) using dbMotionTM Solution, proving that small communities can harness big data. At Population Health University, our recent annual user conference, we gained insights from Berkshire’s Chief Medical Information Officer Mark Snowise, MD. “In a small community like ours, if we want to progress, we had to find some way to get everyone connected and talking to each other,” he said. Launching the Berkshire HIE Three years ago, the hospital approached the broader healthcare community with a plan to improve data sharing. Initially the hospital hoped to align the various providers by using the same electronic health record (EHR). The hospital-based practices and several community practices […]

Payers and providers have a complex relationship. Stereotypes suggest payers want to cut expenses, while providers want quality care (regardless of cost). Conventional wisdom says these parties have treated each other with suspicion in the past. But the U.S. healthcare industry is in the midst of evolving to new outcomes-based payment models, and as a result the payer-provider relationship is evolving. As providers become more responsible for cost, payers are willing to offer information and expertise. Provider insights about practicing medicine can enrich payer data. Both sides share the goals to improve quality and reduce expense. There is a more collaborative approach among payers and providers in the U.S. healthcare industry today than ever before. I believe that trend will continue. How Allscripts helps strengthen these collaborations Allscripts can make these collaborations even stronger. Our solutions connect more patients with […]

Healthcare organizations are eager to address the rising problems of chronic diseases. They’re collecting a lot of data, adding analytics and even using genetic sequencing to spot potential health risks across patient populations. But are these strategies moving the needle on population health management? I address this question in a recent article with co-author Dr. Rasu Shrestha, vice president of medical information technology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The answer: Yes, but we have a ways to go. 3 steps to gain better insights from data Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and arthritis – are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems. Caregivers recognize that harnessing data is key to managing the health of patients, especially those with chronic disease. Healthcare organizations need to focus on three areas to […]

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Taming the Big Data frontier

In his keynote address at the Allscripts Client Experience, ACE13, Dr. Rasu Shrestha from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said, “He who tames the data wins.” As healthcare organizations manage evolving delivery and payment models, an analytics strategy is top of mind for many.  Big Data is the next frontier for analytics and offers them access to rich data they can use for population health, research and consumer marketing and satisfaction. Quickly emerging Big Data technologies augment traditional business intelligence technologies by efficiently and affordably acquiring and storing enormous amounts of data. Providers can query and re-query information without retooling the data model every time.  This capability is particularly important with the mountains of data we have access to today. 3 opportunities to get value from Big Data With so much data coming from so many different places, how can […]