3 ways to get buy-in for predictive analytics tools  

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Predictive analytics promise better outcomes and lower costs—but they can’t deliver if the tools aren’t being fully embraced.

Getting service line leaders and physicians to use predictive analytics is sometimes more difficult than you’d think, even though the National Academy of Medicine says one-third of the U.S. healthcare system’s resources—$750 billion each year—is spent on unnecessary services and inefficient care. So what’s standing in the way of getting buy-in when it comes to the kind of tools specifically designed to reduce wasteful spending?

Meetali Kakad, Ronen Rozenblum and David Westfall Bates, writing for the Harvard Business Review, interviewed 34 key figures from leading U.S. health systems, policy makers and predictive analytics vendors to find out how to get more buy-in. Here are some of the lessons learned:

1. Engage everyone. “Success depends less on the tool itself than on getting buy-in at all levels from the start,” they wrote. This includes making sure frontline employees fully understand the value of these analytics, as well as ensuring your CEOs and top leadership are educated and fully grasp the value proposition to generate support. 

2. Communicate the value. “Demonstrating the clinical impact of a predictive tool can go a long way toward engaging those who will use them,” the authors say. Giving real examples that are results-oriented is especially helpful for clinical staff who may be skeptical of “black box algorithms.”

3. Bring in the experts. The use of implementation experts to help everyone adjust gives you a marked advantage, according to the authors’ findings. These experts can work with clinicians to map workflows and spot potential challenges when introducing a new process or tool.

LUMEDX, the leader in cardiovascular data intelligence and a pioneer in cloud-powered healthcare solutions, offers a comprehensive suite of software and services that enable meaningful analytics, high-performance workflows, optimal integration of clinical and HIS data, and improved continuity of care.

For more information on LUMEDX HealthView solutions, please visit www.lumedx.com or email info@lumedx.com.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:15:00 AM Categories: analytics data health information technology

How real-time analytics can lead to better outcomes, lower costs  

The United States health care system consistently racks up higher costs but fails to produce better outcomes, according to Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care.

Eleven of the world’s most prosperous nations—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, plus the United States—are included in the most recent report from the Commonwealth Fund. The United States is last in efficiency; the U.S. spent $9,364 per person on healthcare in 2016, compared to $4,094 in the U.K., which ranked first on performance overall.


Praveen Lobo, LUMEDX vice president of strategic products, talks about the importance of
near real-time data analytics.

With physicians and service line leaders alike working on the front lines to improve this, having near real-time data analytics available at your fingertips is paramount, says Praveen Lobo, vice president of strategic products at LUMEDX.

“When you want to improve your core parameters that you’re playing with—your outcomes and your costs—the sooner you know information about these two key metrics, the better you can affect change,” Lobo says.

Waiting for monthly or quarterly reports just isn’t an option anymore. “Retroactive data is delayed,” he says, adding that by the time reports come out so much has happened and “there’s already a lot of money that has bled by that time.”

LUMEDX helps heart hospitals collect point-of-care data and delivers actionable insights, facilitating better clinical decision-making and helping to improve business operations through increased efficiency and cost savings. For more information about LUMEDX’s approach to cardiovascular performance improvement, request a Complete Cardiovascular Performance Plan Info Pack.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Monday, July 10, 2017 9:32:00 AM Categories: analytics data

Increasing physician satisfaction 

Access to relevant patient data anywhere and anytime via a CVIS with integrated PACS means greater efficiency, productivity—and flexibility

Physician satisfaction is inextricably linked to patient satisfaction, so it stands to reason that helping doctors provide unparalleled care in an efficient, streamlined way is crucial to the success of any healthcare enterprise.

“Cardiologists are very focused. They like to get their work done efficiently, effectively,” says Laurel Shearer, executive vice president at LUMEDX. “They don’t want any impediments to doing the best job that they can possibly do. They like to see good patient outcomes and they like to have the information they need to get good patient outcomes.”


LUMEDX Executive Vice President Laurel Shearer talks about the importance of physician
satisfaction and how it relates to hospital revenue.

So how do you make sure your cardiologists have all the information they need at their fingertips? Shearer offers her perspective in the video above.

Doctors don’t just want information at their desk, she says. If they’re working at the clinic, they need access to the information gathered at the hospital site or elsewhere. Sometimes they need to maximize their time at the airport or at home by reading ECGs or by reviewing a complete patient record with echos, labs and more.

The HealthView cardiovascular information system (CVIS) puts the kind of information physicians need in front of them, “When they need it, how they need it, and where they need it,” says Shearer. “Cardiologists don’t just practice in their office or don’t just practice at a hospital, they have multiple places where they impact the patient population. So, having that information accessible in all those different places is extremely important.”

And happy doctors are key to a successful cardiovascular service line, Shearer adds.

“One of the main drivers of hospital revenue is physician satisfaction,” she said. “If they don’t have a cadre of committed physicians then they don’t have referral patterns, they don’t have patients, they don’t have volume.”

Email us: info@lumedx.com to learn more about LUMEDX HealthView workflow solutions.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:01:00 PM Categories: cardiology health information technology hospitals patient satisfaction

Why clinical insights eclipse raw data  

analyticsHealthcare providers are realizing that massive amounts of data don't do anyone any good unless this data is distilled into relevant information that improves quality of care and helps contain or reduce costs.

In fact, companies that just sell information won't last long unless they turn that raw data into analytics and clinical insights, according to an article written by three managing directors of L.E.K. Consulting and published in the Harvard Business Review.

One option is to become the authoritative source for a particular kind of information, the article says, but a better solution is to evolve from providing data to deriving insight -- transforming information to support better decisions.

"In healthcare, providers don't want data, they want solutions that lower costs and improve outcomes," the authors wrote. "(Healthcare IT) firms that deliver those solutions are the ones that will be around in five years' time."

LUMEDX, the leader in cardiovascular data intelligence and a pioneer in cloud-powered healthcare solutions, offers a comprehensive suite of technology and services that enable meaningful analytics, streamlined CV workflows, and optimal integration of clinical and EHR data. The data our systems collect and transmit can be leveraged into real-time performance insights, enabling better healthcare, reduced costs, and the best measure of good data: positive outcomes.

For more information about how we help our customers make the leap from data to insight, read about our Cardiovascular Performance Program.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Wednesday, June 21, 2017 2:49:00 PM Categories: analytics data Lumedx

LUMEDX, DASpecialists team up to improve cardiovascular data management 

​U.S. hospitals highly value enhanced cardiovascular registries data collection as they look for ways to improve patient care, workflow and reporting requirements. To that end, LUMEDX and DASpecialists have announced a partnership to create solutions for cardiovascular data management for hospitals.

The move brings together DASpecialists' expertise and experienced clinical nurse analysts for both the ACC NCDR® and STS data registries with LUMEDX's unique suite of cardiology data analytics, integration and registry tools.

"LUMEDX's cardiovascular registry and clinical workflow solutions help hospitals meet reporting requirements while improving efficiency and supporting quality of care. DASpecialists' services are a perfect complement to LUMEDX's offerings," said Gwendelyn Korney, VP of Corporate Accounts at LUMEDX. "In fact, DASpecialists are providing data abstraction services for several of our customers currently, and these hospitals are very pleased. We believe that this new partnership will enable us to deliver even greater value to our customers."

For more information on LUMEDX HealthView solutions, please email us at info@lumedx.com. For more information on DASpecialists, please visit www.daspecialists.com or email support@daspecialists.com.

Posted by Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:50:00 PM Categories: best practices cardiology EHR electronic health records HealthView HIT hospitals

Registries play a role in MIPS reporting  

​MIPS, the Medicare physician reimbursement program set to begin in 2019, is causing healthcare providers to consider the use of registries, if they haven't already, as part of their workflow practices.

This Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) created under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), directs clinicians to meaningfully use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology, according to the American College of Cardiology.

One effect of the regulations is the promotion of the use of registries to help clinicians manage the reporting of the EHRs. MIPS allocates five bonus points in its scoring mechanism to clinicians who are using registries. "An eligible clinician can earn bonus points by completing additional measures under the Public Health and Clinical Data Registry Reporting objective, such as reporting to a specialized registry (i.e., the PINNACLE Registry) or using certified EHR technology to complete certain activities in the Improvement Activities category, such as managing referrals and consultations," the American College of Cardiology reports.

It makes good sense to incentivize use of registries, says Raymond R. Russell, III, MD., Ph.D., because they can help physicians and their teams face a challenge to develop systems that help fulfill reporting requirements with minimal burden. "For many cardiologists, an effective, efficient approach to reporting quality measures data is to take advantage of the registries at our disposal," he writes in Cardiovascular Business.

Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs), allow clinicians to report on specialty-developed measures that are robust and uniquely geared to their area of practice, thus fulfilling CMS reporting requirements while closely tracking the quality of their practices.

"As the cardiovascular community moves forward with the new value-based models for performance evaluation and reimbursement, it will be essential to develop effective tools that support efficient completion of requirements," Russell suggests. "Some tools, such as registries, are proven and available to us now."

LUMEDX, as the leading independent provider of ACC and STS registry software, believes registries are the cornerstone ao cardiovascular data intelligence and the foundation of a true CVIS (Cardiovascular Information Systems). For more information, visit our Registries page: http://www.lumedx.com/registries.aspx.

LUMEDX gets ready for ASE's Scientific Sessions  

The 28th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography, the premier event for bringing together echo experts from around the world to share learning and networking opportunities, will take place June 2-6 in Baltimore, Md.

This year, the Scientific Sessions will highlight the cycle of introducing new advances into clinical medicine: investigation-innovation-incorporation. These three themes are integrated throughout the program and cover a broad range of topics related to cardiovascular ultrasound.

LUMEDX will be at ASE in force, manning Booth 617 at the Baltimore Convention center. Please drop by to see our latest workflow and data intelligence solutions.

Exhibition hours are:

Saturday, June 3, 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m - President's Reception
Sunday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.​

Can't make ASE this year? Contact us to learn about our newest echo innovations.

Data accessibility viewed as key to closing the gap between value-based care and health IT 

​Although much progress has been achieved in digitizing the healthcare system, today's health IT infrastructure still struggles to support a transition to "value-based care," according to a new report from the American Medical Informatics Association.

"Provider organizations pursuing new models of health care delivery and payment are finding that their electronic systems lack the capabilities needed to succeed," the study asserted. "The result is a chasm between the current health IT ecosystem and the health IT ecosystem that is desperately needed."

The report, titled, "Crossing the health IT chasm: considerations and policy recommendations to overcome current challenges and enable value-based care," outlines policy recommendations for patients, providers and researchers to improve access to healthcare data for all the groups and proposes new standards for IT systems and applications.

LUMEDX, the leader in cardiovascular data intelligence and a pioneer in cloud-powered healthcare solutions, offers a comprehensive suite of software and services enables meaningful analytics, high-performance workflows, optimal integration of clinical and HIS data, and improved continuity of care.

For more information on LUMEDX HealthView solutions, please visit www.lumedx.com or email info@lumedx.com.​

LUMEDX webinar outlines the benefits of clinical data integration  

Orlando HealthHospital leaders can gain many advantages from aggregating financial, clinical and operational data to create dashboards that help them run their CV service line more effectively.

The LUMEDX webinar, "Improving Performance with Clinical Data Integration: How Orlando Health Used Dashboards to Better Manage its CV Service Line," will outline how to achieve these outcomes.

The complimentary webinar will take place Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m. PT, 12 p.m. CT and 1 p.m. ET.

In this webinar, Rick Jones, RPH, Business Support Manager, Cardiovascular Service, Surgery and Pharmacy, Orlando Health, will outline how this comprehensive private, not-for-profit healthcare network in Florida is integrating data and making it available to decision-makers on a regular, refreshable basis to improve productivity, clinical and financial outcomes.

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Report shows registries advancing patient care for heart patients  

Two doctors inserting stent Registries continue to improve the effectiveness and safety of patient care of heart disease in hospitals throughout the U.S.

A recent report shows registry data is providing unique perspectives into the care and outcomes of heart disease and outlines the strength of national quality programs, like NCDR, in advancing the effectiveness of patient treatments.

Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the study addressed trends in heart disease care from the American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry.

The authors examined patient populations, participating centers and patterns of care based on 2014 data from four of the 10 NCDR programs -- CathPCI Registry, ICD Registry, ACTION Registry-GWTG and IMPACT Registry.

"We were able to report on the care and outcomes of patients undergoing common cardiovascular procedures, including percutaneous coronary interventions, implantable defibrillators, and interventions for congenital heart disease as well as for patients with acute heart attacks," NCDR Management Board Chair and lead author of the study Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC , said. "In some cases, hospitals are consistently providing excellent care; the registries, however, allow us to identify those aspects of care where the cardiovascular clinical community can improve."

The full report can be accessed here.

LUMEDX, as the leading independent provider of ACC and STS registry software, believes registries are key to Cardiovascular Information Systems. For more information about LUMEDX registry solutions, view a video highlighting LUMEDX Registry Interoperability.

 

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