Michigan Value Collaborative selects Arbormetrix’s clinical analytics platform: ArborMetrix, Inc., a leading provider of real-time healthcare analytics, today announced that the Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) chose its fully integrated, cloud-based clinical analytics platform to power meaningful analysis and decision support for the first statewide episodic bundled payment initiative in Michigan. MVC, a collaborative quality initiative (CQI) founded and funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), is the nation’s first state-wide initiative to analyze claims data to identify risk-adjusted variations in hospital payments for an episode of care. More than 50 hospitals belong to the consortium. “The shift to outcomes-focused care aimed at optimizing value requires coordination and communication through actionable intelligence that improves quality and minimizes complications and errors, all while controlling costs,” said David Share, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Value Partnerships at BCBSM. “ArborMetrix will provide the data we need to help make decisions that will improve quality and outcomes.” Launched in March 2013, MVC will deploy ArborMetrix’s clinical analytics to improve quality, outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of care. To improve patient health and reduce costs, MVC sought a way to analyze the care processes and outcomes for complex and highly technical areas of care. With the ArborMetrix platform, MVC will be able to profile 20 common inpatient conditions and procedures including bariatric, cardiac, general, and vascular surgeries and peripheral arterial interventions.
DNAnexus and the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine announce ultra-large-scale collaboration to advance the analysis of genomic data: The Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) at Baylor College of Medicine and DNAnexus today announced a broad collaboration focused on advancing the state-of-the-art in the large-scale clinical analysis of genomic data. Through this collaboration, the HGSC has adopted the DNAnexus enterprise cloud platform to power its Mercury pipeline, a semi-automated and modular set of tools for the analysis of next-generation sequencing data in both research and clinical contexts. The collaborators also worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to process data from the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Consortium using the Mercury pipeline, generating 430TB of results and making them available to hundreds of researchers participating in this global project. The HGSC’s Mercury pipeline identifies mutations from genomic data, setting the stage for determining the significance of these mutations as a cause of serious disease and is used as the core variant-calling pipeline for the CHARGE Consortium. The CHARGE Consortium is aimed at better understanding how human genetics contributes to heart disease and aging. The CHARGE Consortium has a longstanding collaboration with the HGSC to fuel disease gene discovery. These discoveries are instrumental in understanding disease and aging in mechanistic detail, enabling the development of new medical interventions and analysis tools. “The management and analysis of genomes at the scale needed to appropriately power clinical studies requires computational infrastructure that exceeds the capacity of most institutional resources,” said Jeffrey Reid, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine. “Working with DNAnexus and Amazon Web Services, we were able to rapidly deploy a cloud-based solution that allows us to scale up our support to researchers at the HGSC, and make our Mercury pipeline analysis data accessible to the CHARGE Consortium, enabling what will be the largest genomic analysis project to have ever taken place in the cloud.”
VHA Inc. named sixth time in Modern Healthcare’s sixth annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare: VHA Inc. today announced it has been named for an unprecedented sixth time on Modern Healthcare’s annual list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards recognize employers for their outstanding performance in economic development, employee retention and satisfaction. VHA is a national network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations whose mission is to deliver expert guidance and solutions that drive exceptional financial, clinical and operational performance for its members. Based in Irving, Texas, the VHA Inc. enterprise consists of VHA, Novation, Provista, and aptitude(TM) and includes 1,600 employees who serve more than 1,350 hospitals and 72,000 non-acute providers. “We are proud to be recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the best employers in our industry for the sixth consecutive year,” said Curt Nonomaque, president and chief executive officer of VHA. “Our people are our greatest asset. Their expertise and the values they uphold are at the core of our ability to partner with members to help them succeed.”
Baptist Memorial Health Care joins Premier, Inc.’s National Healthcare Improvement Collaborative: Baptist Memorial Health Care has joined Premier, Inc.’s QUEST collaborative of nearly 350 hospitals across nearly 40 states that are setting new standards in healthcare. Consistently ranked among the top integrated healthcare networks in the nation, Baptist’s Memphis-based 14-hospital system is also one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the U.S. and offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The health system will work with QUEST hospitals on innovative approaches to reducing mortality and costs, and improving safety, patient and family engagement, appropriate hospital use and the delivery of evidence-based care. “We’re excited to be a part of QUEST because it will be a great benefit to our patients,” said Paul DePriest, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Baptist. “By joining this collaborative we will be working with other top performing providers to share our insights and best practices. We believe this effort is a great way to help ensure we continue delivering the best care possible as the healthcare landscape becomes even more challenging for hospitals.” Based on an analysis of QUEST results since its inception in 2008, participants have avoided nearly 112,000 deaths and saved $10.1 billion. QUEST hospitals have also outperformed the nation in the federal health law’s Hospital Value-based Purchasing (VBP) Program (from July 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012), by earning financial bonuses 64 percent of the time compared to similar non-QUEST hospitals (50 percent).