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Patient Safety Improvement with a National Health Record

Patient Safety is the result of practices and policies that healthcare organizations employ to protect patients from preventable harm. A National Health Record would help mitigate some main contributors to patient safety issues, such as medication errors, timely reporting of critical health events and data availability for care teams. Medication Errors According to Agency for […]

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What’s Next for Home Health Programs and Select Condition Scenarios

My previous post outlined the 5 challenges impacting care plans that are managed. In the final post of this series, I highlight a few specific scenarios and outline next steps for home health programs (HHP). Hypertension If hypertension is a targeted chronic condition, that state (e.g., California, New York, etc.) will want reports on participants’ […]

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5 Data Challenges Impacting Managed Care Plans

Previously, I analyzed the major players in the HHP. This post outlines the 5 challenges impacting managed care plans. Naturally, measuring the success of the Health Home Program is critical. Each state’s Health Home Authority has designed quality measures, as well as reports for utilization and operations of the program. But some of the requirements […]

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Major Players in Home Health Programs

Previously, I discussed what home health programs (HHP) are. In this blog I analyze the major players in the HHP. State Authority & Participation The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) oversees the Health Home Program, but each state has a Health Home Authority that creates and manages its HHP. States are required to follow the […]

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[Guide] 5 Data Challenges for Payers in the Health Home Program

The Health Home Program (HHP) is creating new data challenges for managed care organizations in the form of an increased need for timely data, collecting new data elements, accessing mental health data, and gathering data around social determinants. What is the Health Home Program? The HHP is designed to offer coordinated services within and beyond […]

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The Need for a National Health Record

In healthcare, which is more important privacy or safety? Are they mutually exclusive? In the leaps that we have made in cybersecurity in healthcare, can’t we have both? The main argument I hear against a National Health Record is people’s fear of a data breach. Contrary to that popular belief, one study, related to sharing […]

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Who is Filling the Gap in the Clinical Terminology World?

The Mystery I have worked in Healthcare Informatics long before it was called Healthcare Informatics, and this year was the first time I heard the term “IMO”.  While working on a data warehousing project the client asked if their Epic instance was storing Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) codes. In typical consultant fashion, I said I’d […]

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5 Fun Facts about OHDSI’s Healthcare Data Quest

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Odyssey?” Did you picture a journey filled with international discovery? Did you associate images of a quest filled with notable experiences? Or, did you think of OHDSI (pronounced “Odyssey”), the “multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary collaborative that is striving to bring out the value of observational health data through […]

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