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ClinOps I.M.P.A.C.T. Posts - February 27, 2017



[Analytics] What Will 2017 Bring for Healthcare Analytics, Interoperability? “2017 is likely to be a red letter year for healthcare analytics as interoperability, machine learning, and population health management bring major changes to the industry.” click here


[Technology] Movement and Modernization - How the Cloud Can Poise Healthcare Organizations for the Future: “Healthcare is an expensive business – especially in the United States. By using new and modern technologies to improve their focus and agility, hospitals hope to better respond to changes in the healthcare sector, manage data across the enterprise, and improve the patient experience.” click here





[Tools] How Do Patient Portals and Personal Health Records Differ?: “Patient portals and personal health records can help drive patient engagement through many shared features.” click here


[Access] How to rebalance the supply-demand scales in healthcare: “Good business is based on simple economics: a successful balance of supply and demand. Consumers want or need a good or service, and businesses provide those goods or services in a way that satisfies consumers and keeps them coming back for more. But when the balance between supply and demand is askew, businesses fail and consumers suffer.” click here





Ready for Change? 4 Questions Need Answering: “Before embarking on transformation, health care leaders need to take a step back. Today’s health care leaders are acutely aware of these pressures and the urgent need to adapt. Across the provider landscape, organizations are implementing ambitious change agendas, but many are faltering, and a good many never get off the ground. This is not due to lack of sincere commitment at the leadership level. Instead, the difficulties are rooted in organizational roadblocks and the simple fact that the providers are not prepared for the change desired.” click here




Activating Patient Engagement in Care Delivery - Performance Metrics that Guide Patient-Centered Care: “Practices participating in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) are constantly aiming towards effective transformation through the implementation of meaningful person-centered care. In support of this goal, TCPI recently released Person and Family Engagement (PFE) performance measures that healthcare staff can use to strengthen partnerships in ambulatory care.” click here


IHI "Seven Spreadly Sins": “Improvement teams often make some common missteps when it comes to successfully sharing and spreading improvement ideas in their organizations. IHI faculty Carol Haraden and Roger Resar developed the "Seven Spreadly Sins" to give teams practical tips for overcoming challenges that impede successful spread.” click here





The Low-Cost Medical Devices That Are Making A Difference: “Health care often comes at a steep price, but some scientists want to change that by developing cheap alternatives to expensive medical tests and equipment. Researchers are harnessing sunlight to make low-cost medical devices.” click here


[Whitepaper] Harnessing the Full Power of Data Analytics - A Holistic Approach to Cost Containment:

“In 2015, U.S. health expenditures reached $3.2 trillion - an all-time high, with more growth in sight. These expenditures are unfortunately accompanied by excessive fraud and abuse, with wasteful spending estimated at $558 billion to $910 billion annually--nearly one-third of total expenditures, per the Journal of the American Medical Association. To combat this, health payers are partnering with organizations to collect, access and examine massive amounts of medical claims data, and develop meaningful solutions to cost containment.” click here





The 500 Cities Project - New Data for Better Health: “For the first time ever, the CDC and CDC Foundation are providing city and neighborhood level data for 500 of the largest U.S. cities, making it possible to identify emerging health problems and effective interventions.” click here


[Housing] In California, Creating Healthier Communities is a Priority: “The state has made a commitment at the local level to promote healthier living by providing substantial funding with the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Community (AHSC) program for creation of affordable housing and sustainable communities.”  click here





[Safety] Adventist Health’s trigger tool uncovers thousands of additional harm occurrences overlooked by prior manual processes: “After several years of using manual methods to identify and track patient harm, a real-time alert system helped Adventist Health System uncover thousands of additional instances of harm. Over an 11-month period, an automated trigger tool uncovered nearly 2,700 instances of patient harm stemming from incidents both inside and outside the health system, according to a study published in The Joint Commission Journal for Patient Safety. Comparatively, the system’s manual method uncovered just 132 instances of patient harm during an 11-month period two years prior.” click here


[Hospitalizations] Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents Shows Promising Results: “Nursing facility residents are frequently admitted to the hospital, and these hospital stays are often potentially avoidable. Such hospitalizations are detrimental to patients and costly to Medicare and Medicaid. In 2012 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents, using evidence-based clinical and educational interventions among long-stay residents in 143 facilities in seven states. The results provide promising evidence of an effective approach for reducing avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents.”click here




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