New York: Leading the Way in Care Coordination

Date: 05.15.2013 | Zach Urbina">Zach Urbina

New York leads the US in a great many respects and healthcare IT is certainly no exception. Health IT leaders like Lori Evans Bernstein (GSI Health) and David Cohen (Maimonides) continue to initiate technological innovations as well as market driven solutions. The goal is challenging but clear: contain skyrocketing medical costs, while delivering higher quality care.

Lori Evans Bernstein, President of GSI Health, a health information solutions provider, has long blazed the trailed from public service to private sector leader.  Evans Bernstein also served as a Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health leading an Office of Health Information Technology Transformation. Evans’ primary goal has been to make sure New York achieves an interoperable infrastructure, meaning that electronic health records are captured digitally and transmitted electronically.

New York City recently saw the launch of the Digital Health Accelerator Program aimed at foster health IT start-ups, 12 “early- and growth-stage companies” that are developing software applications for care coordination, patient engagement, analytics, and message alerts for health-care providers.

Statewide, there also continues to be early adoption of electronic health records and the health information exchanges needed to make digital data useful and relevant.  The Digital Health Accelerator Program seeks to leverage $840 million in investments from the New York City Investment Fund to initiate the widespread utilization of EHR.

The Brooklyn Health Information Exchange  (BHIX) recently became the first Regional Health Information Organization to sign onto the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). NYeC plans to create a unified network of healthcare records for all of NY state. The ultimate goal is to make digital data available to be shared among health information exchanges for analytical population management.

Also leading innovative changes is New York’s David Cohen. Cohen, an MD, is currently Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Affiliations and Senior Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center.

Maimonides (which uses Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager EHR and the Allscripts ED system) has among the nation’s lowest death rates for patients suffering from pneumonia, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

Measured against all 5,000+ hospitals in the US, the mortality outcomes for Maimonides remain truly stunning:

  • The lowest pneumonia mortality rate (6.8%) of any hospital in the US
  • The eighth lowest rate of heart attack mortality (11.2% )
  • The ninth lowest rate of congestive heart failure mortality (7.3%)

As electronic health record adoption becomes the norm for private practice doctors as well as hospitals, and health information exchanges operate in a complementary, cooperative fashion, it will be leaders like Lori Evans Bernstein and David Cohen who should be thanked.

Both Lori Evans Bernstein and David Cohen plan to join Healthcare IT Connect’s 2012 Accountable Care and Health IT Strategies Summit in Chicago, taking place between November 27th to 29th 2012. At the summit, healthcare providers, administrators and HIT professionals are expected to showcase the latest technologies, share best practices, and promote the advancement of healthcare innovation. A list of speakers and program details can be found here.


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