University Health System (UHS) is a nationally recognized academic medical center in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A., serving more than 230,000 unique patients each year. Like many healthcare organizations, UHS strives to deliver the best care at the lowest cost. “Every c-suite healthcare executive in the country is focused on improving quality, safety and outcomes. Improving the patient experience. Improving efficiency and access to care,” Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bill Phillips said. “How do we give better care to our patients and still cut costs? That is getting really difficult.” Because it’s critical to have a financial decision support solution that enables greater visibility to financial performance, UHS uses Allscripts EPSi™:   “Knowing what your service lines are doing, how they’re performing each day, is a ‘must’ to survive these tight economic times in health care,” Phillips said. […]

UK HealthCare (Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.) uses Allscripts EPSi™ to combine clinical and financial data for more complete and accurate decision support information. As detailed in a recent case study, this integrated data helped the organization measure outcomes from the modification of its transfusion program, which saved more than $2.4 million in direct costs over five years. Why give two units when one will do? When a patient has abnormally low hemoglobin (Hb) levels, it is common practice for clinicians to order Red Blood Cell (RBC) transfusions to help carry oxygen to all parts of the body. However, the threshold or “trigger” for when such transfusions are necessary has changed over the last several decades. UK HealthCare used evidence-based guidance to evaluate its policy on RBC triggers and determined it could safely lower its transfusion trigger from 8 g/dL Hb to […]

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5 strategies to combine clinical and financial insights

Our client base reflects some of the finest financial decision support teams in the United States. These teams help put Allscripts EPSiTM at the top of its class. Our clients are incredibly creative in using EPSi to combine clinical insights and financial data. Some of our favorite client strategies include: 1)   A world-class multi-hospital IDN in upstate New York found opportunities to improve operational efficiency and reduce the total cost of care. By setting specific utilization and length-of-stay targets by service line, and aligning those targets with their financial planning process, this client saved $20 million in one year while maintaining a high quality of care. To learn more, click here for the complete outcomes story. 2) A regional healthcare leader in Washington State used EPSi to save more than $981,000 through its clinically and financially valuable palliative care program. […]