Author Archives: HITC Editor

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a strategic plan detailing how the federal government views the nation’s current landscape and articulates the values and priorities in shaping tomorrow’s landscape. The plans aims delineate the flexibility of the participating federal entities in evolving definitions of health and healthcare along with the expectations and demands upon future information systems as both the users and demands of these systems increase.  

The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 identifies the federal government’s health IT priorities. While this Plan focuses on federal strategies, achieving the vision and goals requires collaboration from state, local, and tribal governments. Efforts by health care entities and providers, public health entities, payers, technology developers, community-based nonprofit organizations, homebased supports, and academic institutions are also essential.

Download the Federal Health Strategic Plan Here


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Forward-thinking government leaders are adapting practices from the commercial world — from customer segmentation and geospatial mapping to advanced customer analytics — to customize the design and delivery of human services. Learning to think geospatially can offer huge benefits to human-services providers. Health-care pioneers are among those putting the power of geospatial analysis to good use. A more customized approach has the potential to improve the system, even as it lowers costs. Learn More

Source Governing 

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A systematic literature review has been conducted of potential barriers to public health data sharing. Despite a global commitment to the use and sharing of public health data it can be challenging in reality. A team of experts describe barriers to sharing  routinely collected public health data. 

“The simultaneous effect of multiple interacting barriers ranging from technical to intangible issues has greatly complicated advances in public health sharing,” according to the report. “A systematic framework of barriers to data sharing in public health will be essential to accelerate the use of valuable information for the global good.”

Learn More about methods, results and conclusions »  Read the Open Access Article in full here


Source: BMC Public Health

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It is crucial to engage with current enrollees and ask them to come back to update their information, “Every individual is going to be touched at least three times with communications, or upwards to a dozen times.” said Andy Slavitt, the former UnitedHealth executive now serving as Health and Human Services deputy administrator. 
To take advantage of the notable 2 percent average premium increase and what HHS estimates to be $2 billion in savings, many consumers who bought benchmark plans or lower-cost plans for 2014 will have to change to avoid sizable premium increases.

Learn More  about the potential administrative chaos related to the shopping around so many consumers may have to do to keep an affordable premium.


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Now more than ever, state Medicaid programs need to be able to handle massive volumes of data, process thousands of enrollment applications, provide real-time eligibility determinations and give program managers the reporting they need for planning and control. An alternative  however, to inevitable costly and time-consuming expansions that states should consider are  keeping existing legacy systems while converting, rewriting or porting them to a modern computer programming language with updated software libraries, protocols and hardware platforms.

Learn more » Legacy system modernization

Source  Governing

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State CIOs and their HIT leadership teams have an unprecedented opportunity during the implementation of the next phase of the ACA to deliver services to common populations across agency and division lines and to collaborate with providers to improve health outcomes and reduce cost.

View the panel as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of connecting the State enterprise of healthcare and to build the analytical capabilities to support the improved coordination of health and human services, patient centered care delivery models and to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse.

Chad Grant, Senior Program Analyst, NASCIO
Ron Baldwin, CIO, State of Montana
Rex Plouck, Portfolio Manager, Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, Ohio
Manu Tandon, CIO and HIT Coordinator, EOHHS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Tracy Wareing, Executive Director, APHSA 

Session Presentation: Manu Tandon, CIO and HIT Coordinator, EOHHS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts| View HD video on demand and download PPT here


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In 2012, the Department of Defense charged LTC Daniel T. Johnston, MD, MPH, with creating an online wellness platform that would enable the agency to assess, manage and improve the health of active duty Soldiers and Army civilians. Johnston partnered with Sharecare to build ArmyFit: a platform maximizing digital engagement and fostering behavioral change through tailored content and interactive tools. During this presentation, attendees will learn how the Army is utilizing data-driven applications to monitor and improve population health and program effectiveness at the installation level, as well as optimize development of health policy and resource allocation. 

Session Presentation:
 Dan Johnston, U.S. Army Medical Director Lieutenant Colonel Doctor and Jeff Arnold, CEO, Sharecare | View HD video on demand and download PPT here 

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In today’s uncertain healthcare environment it is critical for hospitals, clinics, payers, and other care providers to move past the siloed and fractured care models commonly in place today. The successful care models of tomorrow will have the ability to move with and pro-actively engage patients no matter what the patients are receiving care. Quality and efficiency will be front and center and the successful use of data will be king.
In this presentation Chad will mix his own experience in building an integrated care system along with his vision for the future. Chad will also cover other relevant topics including:

1. How do you get Hospitals and independent physicians engaged and aligned?

2. What role does technology play in an integrated network or ACO?

3. What are the land mines in developing an integrated network?

4. Getting the patient involved in their care experience.

5. What does the future hold? 


Session Presentation: Chad Johnson, CEO, Children’s Health Network | View HD video on demand and download PPT here

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The rollout of health care reform legislation and Federal innovation grants have set the stage for new approaches to meeting the triple aim of increasing quality of care, lowering costs, and improving population health outcomes for Medicaid populations in some states. These approaches are key to improving patient outcomes and decreasing health care costs nationally. One approach of the health care reform legislation to improve care coordination, ensure quality and safety, and reduce waste is the Accountable Care Organization (ACO). ACOs are provider-based organizations that assume responsibility and accountability for the quality, cost, and comprehensive care of a defined population of patients across the continuum of care. Illinois has embarked on a Medicaid innovation with Accountable Care Entities ACE organizations which hope to fulfill this aim. The panel will explore the assessment of population risk stratification, quality measurements, reporting, care coordination, patient engagement and lessons learned through the use of technology for sharing information. 

Moderator: Tom Lowry, Director Government Sales, InterSystems
Raul Recarey, Executive Director, Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority
Hunt Blair, HIT-enabled Care Transformation SME, ONC/DHHS
Sonia Mehta, CMO, Loretto Hospital Suresh Krishnan, CIO, Loretto Hospital 


Session Presentation: Raul Recarey, Executive Director, Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority | View HD video on demand and download PPT here

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The move from procedure-based to outcome-based evaluation of care and continued attention to reducing costs require more sophisticated analysis of patients, their behavior, and community. The ability to handle population data, from demographic segmentation to tracking patient actions to predicting the risk of chronic disease, is key to developing effective, cost-containing strategies. Learn about the different approaches, applications and outcomes from our panel of experts.

Moderator: Lori Evans Bernstein, President, GSI Health
Elizabeth Ennis, CMO, Baptist Health System
Tom Wall, Vice President and Executive Medical Director, Triad HealthCare Network, Medical Director Cone Health


Session Presentation: Lori Evans Bernstein, President, GSI Health | View HD video on demand and download PPT here

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