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Northwestern Medicine Uses Epic to Deliver Value-Based Care

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Recently, Kate Tuttle, my colleague and healthcare marketing guru, wrote a post over on Perficient’s Healthcare Industry Trends blog, describing the shift from a fee-for-service based model to a value-based care model and the subsequent need for a 360-degree patient view. Many healthcare organizations are facing challenges around transforming data into meaningful information – information that outlines the population and identifies the most high-risk patients, resulting in improved management of chronic diseases and improved preventative care.
Health data has become a powerful influencer in population health management as organizations seek to analyze data and translate it into actionable, real-time insights that will lead to smarter business decisions and better patient care.
Because of the changes in the delivery model and payment reform,  these organizations increasingly look to implement a centralized data warehouse that will meet the growing data and reporting needs, and provide the health system with a central data repository for clinical, financial and business data.
Kate also shared that Cadence Health, now part of Northwestern Medicine (a large Epic user) sought to leverage the native capabilities of Epic in the management of their population health initiatives and value-based care program. Cadence Health engaged us because of the work we’ve done with ProHealth Care, the first healthcare system to produce reports and data out of Epic’s Cogito data warehouse in a production environment.

By leveraging Epic’s Cogito and Healthy Planet, nmNorthwestern Medicine is able to track the health of their population and evaluate whether or not patients with chronic diseases are proactively getting care. They also have real-time reports generated that provide their physician’s with a dashboard view, designed to instantly provide them with an overview of the performance of their patient population across all registry-based measures.

You can learn more about Northwestern Medicine’s value-based care journey in a webinar next weekon Thursday, August 27th at 1:00 PM CT..
Register below to join the live session or receive the on-demand version to hear Rob Desautels, Senior Director IT, Cadence Health and Perficient healthcare experts:

  • Analyze how Epic’s Healthy Planet and Cogito platforms can be used to manage value-based care initiatives.
  • Examine the three steps for effective population health management: Collect data, analyze data and engage with patients.
  • Discover how access to analytics allows physicians at Northwestern Medicine to deliver enhanced preventive care and better manage chronic diseases.
  • Discuss Northwestern Medicine’s strategy to integrate data from Epic and other data sources.


One more thing… if you are a Epic user planning to attend 2015 Epic: UGM in just two weeks, we welcome you to join us for an evening event on September 3rd at the Edgewater in Madison, WI. Heidi Rozmiarek, Assistant Director of Development at UnityPoint Health and Christine Bessler, CIO at ProHealth Care, will lead a discussion focused on how organizations are currently leveraging the data housed in Epic systems and planned initiatives to gain even further insights from their data.  Register here – space is limited

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