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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 […]

The Family Doctors (Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.) uses data from its Allscripts Professional EHR™ suite to help improve care for patients with chronic disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana recognized The Family Doctors and its physicians with 26 awards in 2015 for highest achievement in population health management. Improving care for a community that struggles with chronic disease The Family Doctors serves a community facing significant health concerns. The State of Louisiana has some of the highest healthcare costs and lowest quality outcomes in the United States. According to America’s Health Rankings® of the 50 states, Louisiana has not ranked above 47th in more than 20 years. Chronic diseases are especially costly, as Louisiana has one of the highest rates of cardiovascular and diabetes mortality rates. Working closely with the state’s largest payer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the […]

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 […]

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HIT Leader Q&A: Lessons learned from systems and Starbucks

  • Fatima Paruk, M.D., MPH
  • 06/21/2016

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. When great minds come together, great things happen. At the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference, leaders from across the industry addressed some of today’s most pressing issues. Kate Pavlovich, director of strategy and data analytics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City, New York, U.S.A.), participated and shared insights in a follow-up interview, including what she learned from working at a hectic espresso bar. Here are highlights from that conversation: Describe your current role and the path you took to get there. I’m focused on data governance, which sits in the office of strategy, […]

Readers have responded with interest to our new magazine, Continuum. Created for healthcare professionals, it features industry insights and Allscripts client success stories. In the 2Q 2016 issue, you’ll find articles that address some of healthcare IT’s most pressing questions: How can we help deliver safer medications? Teams of clinicians at Atlantic General Hospital used Allscripts Sunrise™ to standardize and automate several processes, reducing medication errors by 86% over three years. What is FHIR and what does it mean for me? Has FHIR “kindled” your interest? Learn about this emerging interoperability standard through most frequently asked questions. Which capabilities will lead to truly integrated care? Senior Vice President and General Manager of Population Health Martha Thorne describes population health technology and which capabilities will ultimately lead to success. What does it take to provide patient-centered care for people with autism spectrum disorders? […]

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Making a difference in The Diabetes Belt

  • Jeanne Armstrong, M.D.
  • 03/08/2016

The Mississippi Delta, a region in the American South along the Mississippi River, faces higher rates of diabetes than the rest of the United States. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has identified the area as part of “The Diabetes Belt,” where 11.7% of people have been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to outside the belt with only 8.5% of the population. The Delta Health Alliance (Stoneville, Mississippi, U.S.A.) shared how it is using Allscripts solutions to manage diabetes care for better clinical and financial outcomes in a recent case study and video: A lack of physicians in the Mississippi River Delta region can limit patients’ access to health care. Providers need solutions that can help identify and improve communication with at-risk patients. To help meet demand for proven technology, the Delta Health Alliance is a collaboration of 60 Federally […]