At a recent meeting for clients that use Allscripts population health solutions, we heard several success stories. Despite various outstanding achievements, many interoperability conversations started with, “We’re not as far along as UPMC, but…” A clear leader in interoperability, UPMC is a healthcare provider and insurer. To give a sense of the organization’s size and influence, UPMC operates more than 20 hospitals and 500 outpatient sites. At the meeting, clients heard from two Assistant Professors of Pediatrics in the UPMC Division of Newborn Medicine, Sean Frederick, M.D., Assistant CMIO at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Amy Urban, DO, Clinical Director of Interoperability at UPMC. They shared an interoperability journey in a pediatric environment at two busy tertiary care facilities, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Data exchange in a pediatric environment It’s an […]

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 […]