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ACOs make progress in using big data to improve care

Only a handful of the largest and most sophisticated ACOs have established a "big data" warehouse that will let them pull together information from a variety of sources to help optimize care for individual patients and for their overall enrolled population. But many ACOs are developing the capacity to track patients in real time when they go to the hospital or the emergency department so they can intervene quickly to improve cost and quality outcomes.

For many of these ACOs, accessing, sharing and analyzing these smaller pools of data, then figuring out what to do with the results, present their most formidable information challenges.

SHS Election Results

The results of recent election are in and all newly-elected members have accepted their new roles:

J.Siegele    re-re-cropped Kraebber   re-re-cropped Mitchell 

 

Joyce Siegele 
President-elect

 

 

Karl Kraebber 
Board Member

 

 

Isaac B. Mitchell 
Board Member

 

Congratulations to Joyce, Karl and Isaac and thank you in advance for your service to the Society.  

2015 Health Systems Process Improvement Conference 

SHS strives to bring in up-to-date topics that can help your organization stay on the cutting edge. The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference is the crown jewel of SHS and one of our biggest events. The 2015 Health Systems Process Improvement Conference held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, ends Friday, Feb. 20. Read highlights from events occurring during the conference 

Labor and delivery nurse staffing as a cost-effective safety intervention

Numerous studies have identified a relationship between staffing levels and nurse-sensitive outcomes for medical and surgical patients, but little has been published on the impact of nurse-sensitive outcomes for the childbearing family and even less that examines the relationship of intrapartum staffing on adverse perinatal outcomes.

Why for-profit hospitals are poised for a strong 2015 (and not-for-profits aren't)

Investor-owned hospital chains are enjoying momentum under healthcare reform that isn't sweeping along their not-for-profit counterparts. Analysts expect another strong year from the for-profit operators because they've cut costs and adopted new initiatives to bring in more patients.

IOM urges vast changes in clinical trial data sharing

The Institute of Medicine on Wednesday released four recommendations to address practices that often have left relevant medical research unpublished and useful data unattainable by independent researchers. The guidelines could represent a sea change in how the research enterprise is thinking about its responsibilities, say advocacy groups, ethicists and academic researchers.

Hospital re-engineers ED processes to cut wait times

Dr. Richard Zane quickly spotted huge waste and inefficiency soon after he was hired to head the University of Colorado Hospital emergency department in 2012.

SHS NEWSLETTER

SHS NewsletterFebruary 2015

The February 2015 issue of the SHS Newsletter introduces the newly-elected president-elect and two new board members, all of whom have accepted their new roles. As the Healthcare Process Improvement Conference 2015 fast approaches, highlights from events occurring during the conference are featured. "ACOs make progress in using big data to improve care," the lead article, is an interesting and timely read. Other articles discuss labor and delivery nurse staffing as a cost-effective safety intervention; why for-profit hospitals are poised for a strong 2015 and not-for-profits aren't; and recommendations by the Institute of Medicine to address practices that often have left relative medical research unpublished and useful data unattainable by independent researchers. SHS members are urged to register for the upcoming webinar, "Choosing Wisely: A Program to Reduce Unnecessary Medical Care" and to participate in a Healthcare Environment Survey.

 

 

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