Interoperability: A Huge Hurdle for EHRs & Care Coordination

Posted by Cordata Health

August 22, 2016 at 11:02 AM

In a recent article published by Healthcare IT News, Epic’s CEO Judy Faulkner addressed widespread criticisms surrounding Epic’s interoperability. Epic has come under scrutiny for not allowing data to be exchanged between healthcare providers that utilize other EHR systems. But, Faulkner maintains that healthcare data exchange is a tricky business no matter what system is being used.

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Topics: EHRs, Navigation & Care Coordination

Healthcare Survey Finds Gaps in Information Sharing

Posted by Cordata Health

June 27, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Another industry study demonstrates the clear need for integrated care coordination and better technology that enables communication between healthcare providers.

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Topics: EHRs, oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Chronic Care, EMR

What you need to know about EMRs and Care Coordination

Posted by Cordata Health

April 4, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Gary Winzenread, CEO and President of Cordata Healthcare Innovations, recently contributed an article to Beckers’ Health IT & CIO Review. The article, “7 things to know about EMRs and care coordination,” highlights some of the challenges with using an EMR platform to handle the important task of care coordination.

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Topics: EHRs, health IT, Meaningful Use, Navigation & Care Coordination, Value-Based Care, EMR

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

The Oncology Care Model: Why Care Coordination is Essential

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 18, 2016 at 12:17 PM

As part of the government's desire to bring down the cost of cancer care, CMS announced the launch of the Oncology Care Model, which aims to help cancer doctors reduce hospital and pharmacy costs. Applications were accepted and in 2015 finalists were chosen for the first round of participation.  Starting in 2016, the OCM payment model is beginning to pay qualifying oncologists $160 per month for each beneficiary receiving chemotherapy. But oncology clinics and hospitals that receive this risk-based payment are required to make certain changes to the way they meet patient needs. The changes – which are HUGE – include:

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Topics: EHRs, oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Payment Models

General Care Coordination in Oncology: Is Your CoC Accreditation at Risk?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 2, 2016 at 6:30 AM

As more hospital systems seek to build out their capabilities for inpatient care coordination, oncology service lines are being asked to use the modules provided by large EMR providers (Epic, Cerner, etc.) to navigate cancer patients. In some cases, there is pressure to replace specialty care coordination solutions that are designed to the unique needs of oncology patients and may have been in place for years.

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Topics: EHRs, health IT, CoC, oncology, Meaningful Use, Navigation & Care Coordination, Certification & Accreditation, Barriers to Care

Five Megatrends Driving the Adoption of Care Coordination

Posted by Gary Winzenread

February 5, 2016 at 6:30 AM

  1. The continuing rise of value-based care: What Harvard Business Review once called the “the strategy that will fix healthcare” will continue gaining traction as more hospitals and healthcare organizations adopt value-based payment models for larger pieces of their business and more specialties. With more revenue at risk, executives will seek management techniques and operational models that can improve both effectiveness and efficiency. Care coordination is proven to do both.
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Topics: ROI, EHRs, health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Healthcare, Patient Engagement, Population Health

Improving Healthcare Technology: How to Get Beyond “Bad Tech”

Posted by Tom Hammergren

June 2, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Everyone agrees that technology is critical to the future of healthcare – both to delivering better outcomes to people who need treatment and to managing the business of healthcare more effectively. Why then does technology often feel more like a problem than a solution?

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Topics: financial data, EHRs, outcomes data, electronic medical record, Navigation & Care Coordination

Chronic Care Management and Oncology: How Do I Get Started?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

May 5, 2015 at 4:57 PM

Many Cancer Centers like the idea of finally receiving reimbursement for non face to face time in coordination of patient care - this is central to what has been the core of oncology "navigation" at Centers across the United States for decades.  But, many EHRs are not designed for non-episodic care or for documenting collaboration among providers caring for the same patient. Moreover, they lack the data analysis and automation functions that practices need to support chronic disease care efficiently.  So even if your oncology practice is PCMH-recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) or you have an organized hospital-based Cancer Center with an expensive EHR - you’ll probably need to do some EHR workarounds and customization, and you may require some additional software to bill CCM.

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Topics: EHRs, oncology, billing, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination

50% Increase in Breast Cancers by 2030

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The National Cancer Institute just published a report saying there will be a 50% increase in breast cancer cases in the next 15 years. Lets don't just wait for the cases to surface. Proactive and custom screening is one solution. Cordata Oncology allows you to capture both a patient's risk (NCI Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool) and their density category at the time of screening. Leveraging these results together allows for custom screening for your patient pool and often a closer look for the presence of cancer or an interval detection.

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Topics: EHRs, breast cancer, Screening

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