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Sorry….Wrong Number!

Posted by Gary Winzenread

July 26, 2018 at 9:34 AM

What can we learn from the Caresync story?

As an entrepreneur trying to innovate in the healthcare market, I have a soft spot in my heart for others taking on the challenges of changing what may be the most regulated, conservative, bureaucratic and risk averse market in the American economy. The point of this article is not to take any pleasure in the failure of another’s attempt at innovation in this tough space. In fact, I deeply respect the effort Caresync, and many others that met the same fate in this industry, have made to improve our health system by lowering costs. But the silver lining of any failure is the learning that it grants us, which has made me ask the question, What can we learn from the Caresync story?

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Topics: Financial Incentives, care coordination

Nurse Navigators as the “Air Traffic Controllers of Healthcare”

Posted by Gary Winzenread

October 12, 2016 at 4:05 PM

In a recent article published on Becker’s ASC Review, Bob Reznik, president of spine center development company Prizm Development, makes the analogy that nurse navigators are the “air traffic controllers” of hospitals.

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Topics: Spine, patient tracking, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Intake

Where and How Healthcare Innovation Happens Now

Posted by Gary Winzenread

October 6, 2016 at 1:39 PM

In driving back from a meeting with a regional hospital based in the rural Midwest, it occurred to me how these remote healthcare systems have become real forces for innovation, especially relative to the extreme community health challenges they face. Specifically, they recognize that true healthcare innovation is focused, first and foremost, on delivering better care to the people who need it. In this sense, innovation is patient-centric and technology-enabled.

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Topics: health IT, patient satisfaction, Navigation & Care Coordination, Innovation

Innovation in Healthcare: Both the Right Technologies and Right Attitude Are Required

Posted by Gary Winzenread

September 19, 2016 at 12:52 PM

The other day I had an experience that confirmed why innovation in healthcare can be so difficult. I was in a meeting with a few health system executives, including the chief innovation officer and VP of patient experience. They were talking about their need for more targeted and effective patient communications as part of their overall approach to care coordination. That these were senior executives demonstrated to me that innovation and patient engagement are high priorities for this system.

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Topics: Technology, Patient Engagement, EMR

Bundled Payment or Capitation? Care Coordination is Essential to Both

Posted by Gary Winzenread

August 8, 2016 at 11:33 AM

A recent set of articles in Harvard Business Review, How to Pay for Healthcare, has attracted a lot of attention in the industry lately. One of the articles, by Michael E. Porter and Robert S. Kaplan, makes a strong case that bundled payments are the answer for reducing costs and improving quality; the other piece, by Brent C. James, MD, and Gregory P. Poulsen, argues that capitated models are the better option.

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Topics: ROI, Navigation & Care Coordination, Value-Based Care

Five Exciting Things About the Cordata-PatientBond Partnership

Posted by Gary Winzenread

May 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Cordata just announced an exciting new partnership with PatientBond. Now available through our multi-specialty care coordination platform, PatientBond’s software helps hospitals and health systems automate and personalize communications, such as appointment and medication reminders, based on patient preferences. 

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Patient Engagement, Exception Management, PatientBond

Care Coordination Is Not Treatment or Diagnostics (Part 2): Patient Filtering and Spine Surgeon Productivity

Posted by Gary Winzenread

May 23, 2016 at 11:57 AM

If you offered spine surgeons a proven approach for boosting their case volume by 25-35% per year, most would leap at the change. After all, there is huge gap between the highest-performing surgeons (who do 325-400 cases annually) and the median group (who perform less than 250-300).

There is such a technique or approach – and it doesn’t involve adding hours to the day or days to the week.

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Topics: health IT, Spine, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Intake, Referrals

Care Coordination Is Not Treatment or Diagnostics (Part 1)

Posted by Gary Winzenread

May 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

I meet with different healthcare organizations and groups in the course of my work and it’s no surprise that I see a pretty wide range of environments, given the complexity of our industry. But after meeting two different spine groups a few weeks ago, I was confronted with a pretty dramatic difference.

At a glance, the groups had much in common, including strong reputations and highly skilled and experienced surgeons. In talking to them about care coordination and how Cordata’s spine solutions might help them improve their business and clinical outcomes, their responses could not have been more different.

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Topics: health IT, Spine, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Intake, Referrals

CIOs Who Get It: Clinical Input and Patient Focus Must Guide IT Decisions

Posted by Gary Winzenread

April 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Given the fast-and-furious pace of change in healthcare IT and the craze for consolidation around multi-million dollar EMR systems, it’s refreshing to come across hospital CIOs who get the strategic big-picture. Consider these two perspectives.                                                                                            

Sue Schade, the CIO at University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, OH, believes a “holistic approach” and a focus on patient engagement and better patient outcomes are essential to getting more value from healthcare technology investments. Without those, there is real risk of wasting tech dollars. The key is to recognize that all healthcare technology – from EMRs to mobile apps – must be evaluated in terms of its ability to drive better patient experience and better outcomes:

“Making the appointment, checking in, checking out, handling your co-pay, and getting referrals scheduled should be simple, consistent and, most importantly, patient centered.”

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Topics: ROI, EHRs, health IT, outcomes data, electronic medical record

What’s In a Name: General, Inpatient Care Coordination vs. Outpatient, Specialty Care Coordination

Posted by Gary Winzenread

February 29, 2016 at 1:32 PM

The other day, during a conversation with two directors of care coordination from two different, large hospital systems, our team had an epiphany about the aggressive market movement to invest in care coordination. As its value has become clearer in the era of Meaningful Use and pay-for-performance, care coordination has become something of an industry buzzword. And like a lot of buzzwords, it’s being applied loosely and liberally, leading to some miscommunication in the market place.  

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Topics: outcomes data, Meaningful Use, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Value-Based Care

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