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Oct. 9: Healthcare analytics and BI vendor news and updates

Author | Date October 9, 2013

At Stage-7 Bon Secours Health System, physicians increasingly access UpToDate clinical decision support within EMR: Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI) has fully integrated UpToDate, its clinical decision support resource, within the health system’s electronic medical record (EMR) system, EpicCare. By embedding UpToDate within the EMR, BSHSI offers its clinicians direct, expedited access to trusted, evidence-based clinical information and actionable treatment recommendations at the point of care. Headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, BSHSI is a $3.4 billion dollar not-for-profit Catholic health system consisting of more than 22,000 caregivers helping patients in six states. The system owns, manages or joint-ventures a number of healthcare facilities, including 19 acute care hospitals, five long- term care, four assisted living, six retirement communities/senior housing, and 14 home care and hospice services. The UpToDate text search link prominently located at the top of the clinician’s EMR workspace ensures clinicians have easy and efficient access within the clinical workflow to UpToDate, which provides the most current and authoritative clinical information available on more than 10,000 topics in 21 medical specialties. An additional HL7 Infobutton integration is available via Epic ClinKB. This significantly streamlines the point-of-care decision-making process by providing patient context sensitive UpToDate search results directly from the patient’s Problem List.

gMed announces innovative analytics tool: gMed, the industry’s leading gastroenterology specific EHR provider, announced its newest innovation, gInsights: an advanced business and clinical intelligence platform that offers physicians a detailed picture of trends and patterns related to their patients and practice. By compiling and analyzing a wide set of integrated data including clinical quality, patient satisfaction, financial performance, operational efficiency, population management and regulatory compliance, gInsights is able to provide intelligence in order to make better business decisions.  “Our ability to combine data from all aspects of a gastroenterology practice will help clients develop the necessary changes to be the leaders within their regional markets,” said Samuel Rubinsztain, Vice President of Product Development at gMed. “Creating a gastroenterology data set as dynamic and large as our client base will help each of our clients identify ways to become more efficient and better at their specialty.” gInsights allows practices to use comprehensive information, such as financial and clinical data, to make smart business decisions. This along with other real time data, which would typically take months to collect and review, is now readily available to physicians and administrators at their fingertips. gMed will unveil its new capabilities at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course in San Diego, CA on October 11-16 in the exhibit hall.

ActiveHealth Management awarded Platinum Honors for best practices in healthcare consumer engagement and protection from URAC: ActiveHealth Management (ActiveHealth) was awarded Platinum Honors for Health Care Consumer Engagement and Protection by URAC, a leading health care accreditation organization. The honor was announced during the 2013 Best Practices Awards Gala as part of URAC’s Annual Quality Summit. This award recognizes the achievements of organizations that are effectively advancing the role of consumers as active participants in health care through consumer engagement best practices. ActiveHealth was honored for its best practices in member engagement, which are aided by robust technology, advanced analytics and clinical decision support tools. The organization actively engages members in care management programs to help improve clinical results and health outcomes. ActiveHealth provides members with access to resources and information they can use to play an active role in their health care decision-making. “As an organization, we are passionate about improving the quality of care, reducing costs and transforming lives, and we understand that consumers play an important role in achieving these goals. The need for innovative strategies to engage health care consumers continues to grow, and we are honored to be recognized for our best practices in this area,” said Richard Noffsinger, CEO and president of ActiveHealth. “This year’s Best Practices Awards winners are recognized for their leadership in driving innovation for the health care industry,” said Kylanne Green, president and CEO of URAC. “These companies have made a difference in the lives of consumers by implementing leading programs with results that matter.”

$2 million awarded to Sutter Health, IBM, and Geisinger Health System to study heart failure prediction: Today, Sutter Health, IBM Research, and Geisinger Health System announce the award of a $2 million joint research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new and sophisticated big data analytics and application methods that could help doctors detect heart failure years sooner than is now possible. Heart disease is the leading cause of death, disability and costly hospitalizations in the United States. One in five adults will develop heart failure, a type of heart disease that remains nearly impossible to detect early. About half of people who have heart failure die within five years of diagnosis. EHR data provides a rich, expansive view of a patient’s health history that may include a variety of big data, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, laboratory test results, and more. Sophisticated analysis of this data could help doctors identify patient’s risk of heart failure and reveal signals and patterns that are indicative of such outcome. Once patients are identified as high-risk for heart failure, physicians can better monitor their status, help motivate a patient to make potentially life-saving lifestyle changes and test clinical interventions to potentially slow or possibly reverse heart failure progression. “Heart failure will remain among our nation’s most deadly and costly diseases unless we discover new methods to detect the illness much earlier,” said Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, chief research and development officer for Sutter Health and principal investigator for the project. “Sophisticated analysis of EHR data could reveal the unique presentation of these symptoms at earlier stages and allow doctors and patients to work together sooner to do something about it. Through this research we could transform how heart failure is managed in the future.”

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