Projects – The Enemies Within

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Despite all of his attributes and accomplishments, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged he wasn’t a good project manager. “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me,” he said. Now, admittedly, Lincoln was conducting a project much larger and much more complex than we encounter, but the principles remain the same. How do you take control of all of the variables that constitute a project and find predictability in the outcomes?

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Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

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The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime. Continue reading Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?

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The Goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 emphasizes the need for the U.S. to move toward the use of electronic health records.  To encourage a widespread adoption of interoperable health information technology, the legislation called for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT working through NIST, to create a program for voluntary certification of health information technology that is in compliance with the applicable certification criteria to meet defined meaningful use requirements. Meaningful Use stage 1 started the U.S. down this path by pushing healthcare organizations to select an electronic health record and to start their path of digitization. Continue reading Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?

HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare

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In his keynote address Monday, Feb. 24, at HIMSS 2014, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini declared “It’s the perfect time to change.”  He makes the case for three key priorities for the country’s ailing healthcare system.

  1. Invest in helping individuals take steps towards improved wellness via healthy choices and lifestyle
  2. Improve the care of the chronically ill
  3. Align financial incentives

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Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?

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As we welcomed in 2014, we also said ‘Hello’ to the start of Meaningful Use Stage 2. The HITECH Act is now five years old. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a deeper dive into some of the changes the 2014 criteria mandate. Note: All stage 1 certified solutions (also known as 2011 stage 1), expired  12/31/2013. This expiration requires your organization to upgrade to a 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHERT). Continue reading Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?

How Big Data Relates to Another Disruptive Technology – The Microscope

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Theme: Disruptive Technology

Big Data is currently one of the most covered topics in technology today.  However, in order to gain perspective on why it dominates discussions of modern IT, science, and business, it actually turns out that we can examine the innovation that opened research to aspects of our world that are not so big.

Erik Brynjolfsonn, MIT Sloan Professor and director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, views Big Data not as a fad but as a “measurement revolution” that is in the process of completely redefining executive leadership and decision making. To understand its impact on our world, he claims, we can look to the 15th century invention of the microscope.

Anton van Leeuwenhoek invented the device and kept technical letters detailing the life forms that he discovered. However, we must keep in mind how truly radical the idea of microorganisms were in such an age. It took time for the scientific establishment of the time to come to terms with the existence of life forms that were too small for the eye to see. However, the ability to view objects at this level eventually became crucial to nearly all of the scientific innovations of the last few hundred years, from medical breakthroughs to microprocessors.

Big Data, of course, operates on the macro-scale. However, it currently gives us the ability to find patterns within the complex workings of our world, too large for us to see, with a level of detail analogous to the microscope. For example, Big Data techniques have been used with demographic data to allocate medical resources for underserved populations that are at-risk for heart ailments.

Like the microscope during its early days, there is a certain incredulity given to the promises of big data. However, the insights that have already been discovered through this field, which is in relative infancy, point to a revolution as great as the one that allowed us to study the smallest of life forms.

Our CarePathways solutions are designed to go beyond the hype of big data, rather providing realization of how benchmarking, analytics and productive modeling can be used beyond just digitizing care.  While we’ve introduced solutions over the past year, much more is before as we collective work together to shape a new model of care and most important the continued evolution of how care is provided.  At our recent westExchange I had the opportunity to speak with many of our clients as they shared their dreams, connecting them to the realities and possibilities of today.  I continue to believe we find ourselves in one of the most exciting times in health care as we build tomorrows solutions today.

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