I love the phrase “liberate the data” and what we are doing to accomplish that lofty goal. But if we liberate the data – with appropriate security and auditing – what problems would it help solve? There are three big reasons to liberate healthcare data: #1 – Give patients access to their own healthcare data. Of course you want to be able to see what’s in your medical records. For most of us, we have data in multiple physicians’ systems. You should be able to review them just like you can review your credit report. If there is a mistake, such as a missing allergy or discontinued medication, you can fix it. If you want to share your information with a relative or trusted friend, or donate data to a clinical repository for research, you should be able to do […]

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Diabetic patients are hiding in plain sight

Diabetes is a complex and costly chronic disease. Studies estimate that diabetes affects 8% of the U.S. population, but confirming this in patients who are undiagnosed, and identifying those at highest risk, remains challenging. At Allscripts Analytics, we’re transforming insights from traditional electronic health record (EHR) data into innovative methods for early identification of chronic disease and population health management. Variation in quality of diagnosis documentation within EHRs has necessitated development of new algorithms to more accurately define and manage our populations. After extensive data aggregation and normalization of clinical, claims, laboratory and pharmacotherapy data, our algorithms are validated on more than 40 million records to identify undiagnosed diabetic patients. Advancements in visualization tools enable us to deliver insights from this data to our clients in a simple, interactive format in real-time. It helps clinicians better identify undiagnosed and at-risk […]

About one in five Americans live in a rural community, and often their only healthcare options are Critical Access Hospitals. It’s vital for these organizations to overcome challenges common in rural healthcare delivery, such as distance, isolation and limited resources. North Country Hospital (Newport, Vermont, U.S.A.) is a Critical Access Hospital tucked into the far northeastern corner of Vermont, serving 22 communities across two counties. At a recent meeting for clients that use Allscripts population health solutions, Clinical Applications Analyst Carol Casey and Director of Clinical Informatics Kate Pierce shared how they’re using healthcare information technology to help this rural community take better care of patients. Finding the Right Interoperability Solution: Improving Patient Care with dbMotion: The pros and cons of a single-system approach Pierce explained that North Country’s IT Steering Committee wanted to improve physician access to all information […]

Fraser Health Authority (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) uses Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution to make all relevant clinical information from multiple source systems available at the point of care. A recent case study shares how Fraser Health is currently using dbMotion to exchange information across its continuum of care from acute to community settings. It will expand interoperability to the ambulatory setting in 2015, with the integration of data from clinical systems supporting community care. At that point, more than 2,600 physicians in British Columbia will be able to view and exchange interconnected patient data without leaving their home clinical system, which will enable Fraser Health to better coordinate care for its patients and reduce duplicative services. In its first phase of dbMotion implementation, Fraser Health enabled 100 early adopters to have access to the system in December 2014. “Our early adopters […]

The verdict is clear: Interoperability progress has been disappointing. Almost without exception, healthcare experts agree that the industry has fallen far short in its efforts to foster meaningful reform. Consider these assessments in recent articles: “We’ve spent half a million dollars on an electronic health record system about three years ago, and I’m faxing all day long. I can’t send anything electronically over it,” said Dr. William L. Rich III, a member of a nine-person ophthalmology practice in Northern Virginia. New York Times “While most providers have installed some kind of electronic record system, two recent studies have found that fewer than half of the nation’s hospitals can transmit a patient care document, while only 14 percent of physicians can exchange patient data with outside hospitals or other providers.” New York Times In its annual report to Congress, Office of […]

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 […]