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The Care Coordination Value Proposition

Posted by Cordata Health

October 24, 2016 at 10:06 AM

A recent study has found that care coordination is critical to managing healthcare costs, especially relative to complex patients.

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Topics: ROI, health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Chronic Care

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

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

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

Precision Medicine and Care Coordination

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 8, 2016 at 6:19 PM

If you are going to be precise with a patient's treatment, you need a close, engaged, one-on-one relationship with the patient, as well as all the data and information to support precision diagnosis, personalized treatment plans and close compliance with those as a patient moves from screening through the end of disease. The last part is where care coordination intersects with precision medicine.

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Topics: health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Treatment Plans, Chronic Care, FHIR

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

Care Coordination Plus: Increasing the Value with Technology and Treatment Plans

Posted by Gary Winzenread

January 15, 2016 at 6:00 AM

A couple of recent news items highlight how care coordination is especially powerful when combined with strong technology and multi-dimensional treatment plans. In other words, the benefits of care coordination are multiplied when hospital systems use it in the context of other initiatives and as a complement to technology, organization and process changes.

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Topics: ROI, health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Technology, Treatment Plans, ACE 2016

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