August 30th Health Exec Briefing

Top Story

CMS unveils 2015 Medicare ACO quality, financial performance: 12 things to know
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released the 2015 results for its Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program. Payment data suggests Medicare ACOs are improving over time in generating savings and improving quality. Read more on the recent CMS results.
(Becker’s Hospital Review, August 26)

EHR News

Drug Data Standards Needed for EHR Clinical Decision Support
EHR clinical decision support and computerized physician order (CPOE) are likely to benefit from drug data standardization. EHR systems are able to alert providers of potential drug-drug interactions by providing alerts. Researchers collected information from several healthcare institutions across the country about DDI alert systems on their EHRs.
(EHR Intelligence, August 29)                                                                                         

Understanding Effect of EHR Usability on Clinical Workflows
The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) explains EHR usability as the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction with which specific users can achieve a specific set of tasks in a particular environment. Although the healthcare industry has seen an increase in EHR adoption rates, certified EHR technology (CEHRT) still faces several usability concerns.
(EHR Intelligence, August 26)

Improving EHR Adoption, Use through International Example
EHR Adoption is high worldwide but health information exchange and patient portal adoption are low according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Informatics Association. Writer Sara Heath lists specific trends which impact comparability in health IT adoption.
(EHR Intelligence, August 26)

Project to Develop EHR Toolkit to Stem Readmissions
A team of researchers is working to develop a universal toolkit to predict hospital readmission risk that would be implementable with any EHR system. This toolkit will focus on extracting complex information about patient health and healthcare factors, including social risk factors such as living status and social support at home.
(Health IT Security, August 29)

Partnerships & Projects

Data exchange rises in importance for urgent care providers
Health systems and urgent care providers are forming business partnerships through the exchange of electronic patient data. Urgent care companies want to be included in local provider networks while health systems are adding urgent care to their patient care continuum which helps both parties. 
(Health Data Management, August 25)

PHR approach will include patients’ advance directives
The first-ever capability for a patient health record is being developed using the data aggregation and development platforms is enabling healthcare consumers to share information about who can make decisions during a health crisis. Read more on this new approach on patient education and engagement.
(Health Data Management, August 22)                                             

Partnership Focuses on Improving Post-Acute Care
Pathway Health, a post-acute consulting service, and Virtual Health, a provider of population health management technology, is forming a collaborative partnership to improve post-acute care through predictive analytics and risk stratification. Read more on the new partnership and how it will enhance value-based care and improve patient outcomes.
(Health IT Outcomes, August 25)

Carequality Interoperability Framework Helps Boost Patient Record Sharing
A group of vendors using Carequality Interoperability Framework is boosting nationwide health data sharing between different EHR systems, record locating services, and health information exchanges. The Carequality Interoperability Framework provides the necessary legal terms and other requirements to enable interoperability among the many healthcare data sharing networks serving diverse user communities nationwide.
(Health IT Outcomes, August 26)

Capital Impact Partners Increase Access to Health Care, Education and Housing  
In January, Capital Impact Partners launched a new five-year strategy based on addressing systemic poverty, creating equity, building healthy communities, and promoting inclusive growth. Read more on Capital Impact’s highlighted transactions towards health care.
(PR Newswire, August 29)

Informatics & Analytics

How to Build a Strong Healthcare Information Security Team
Having a comprehensive and well-trained healthcare information security team is a key aspect to preventing cyber security threats towards health data. Nick Giannas of Witt/Kieffer explains the differences in each position and how organizations should approach building an information security team.
(Health IT Security, August 29)

Intelligent Planning is Key for Healthcare Big Data Analytics
Crafting the infrastructure to support operational and clinical improvements can be a difficult and underappreciated first step for success. Read more on the role of healthcare data governance in big data analytics and the tools needed for building a successful analytics program.
(Health IT Analytics, August 29)

Healthcare transformation is relentless, detailed, low-level hard work: 7 essential ways to support it
Dr. Richard M.J. Bohmer of The New England Journal of Medicine lists seven elements for change in a hospital/health system setting to support team-based redesign. Dr. Bohmer states how true transformation is a long series of local experiments over long periods of time. Read about Bohmer’s list of organizational elements for hospitals.
(Becker’s Hospital Review, August 26) 

Medicare ACOs show savings, quality gains in 2015
Accountable care organizations improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries while generating financial savings. ACOs are judged on their performance as well as their improvement on an array of meaningful metrics that assess the care they deliver. Read more on health care improvements ACOs provide.
(Health Data Management, August 26