NEWTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 17, 2012) - Jason Oliveira, Managing Director, Health Systems Consulting with Recombinant, a provider of data warehousing and clinical intelligence solutions for healthcare performance management, personalized medicine and translational research, will deliver an online lecture on healthcare performance metrics as part of The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) College LIVE executive education program. The session begins at 12 noon ET on Wednesday, September 19. Registration is limited to CHIME members, but Recombinant has made the content available for download at http://www.recomdata.com/resources_library_presentations.html?=CHIME_PerfMgmt.pdf.
Oliveira has been a strategic advisor to healthcare organizations pursuing their business intelligence planning, technology evaluation, architecture design, and implementation program management efforts for more than 25 years. "Independent of the perceived value of these performance measurement systems as drivers of desirable change, the reality is that they are here; they affect the bottom line; and they are now an operational reality, and burden, to provider organizations," said Oliveira. "My lecture will examine the drivers, requirements, operational impact, and next-generation IT architecture responses for more efficient healthcare performance measurement."
College LIVE is a compelling alternative to traditional, classroom-style education and provides a unique forum for CHIME members to collaborate, interact, and learn. College LIVE presentations focus on healthcare, IT, and executive issues of particular interest to healthcare CIOs.
Performance Measurement Remains a Vexing Problem
The convergence of healthcare information technology (HIT), electronic medical records/electronic health records (EMR/EHR), informatics, and data warehousing is helping to surmount the significant data barriers in achieving insight into health system processes, but HIT is not yet making performance measurement easier. Virtually all health care organizations, including providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, and research organizations suffer from a glut of unstructured and unformatted content, including dictated and transcribed physician notes and scanned documents. Health information is dispersed among multiple operational information systems. Many provider organizations still rely on paper-based legal medical records.
HIT solutions such as physician order entry, clinical documentation, and e-prescribing have improved health care operations and quality, but still require time-consuming performance data capture, measurement, and reporting. Often performance measurement data collection occurs as an additional task for doctors and nurses to conduct, rather than being a by-product of patient care delivery.
While there is promise for facilitating traditional measure sets, as well as new possibilities afforded by HIT, health care organizations are currently still struggling to capture, organize, and utilize performance data.
The road to pragmatic healthcare performance management begins by determining short- and long-term requirements and identifying gaps with an organization's current methods. The roadmap for optimal movement from the current to the future state will likely include such initiatives as:
- Evaluating technical data integration and informatics platforms
- Redesigning data capture processes
- Determining what to do with aging decision support systems
- Implementing information quality programs
- Establishing data governance structures
- Working with vendors to inform product development plans
- Deploying translational solutions such as a medical natural language platform
In addition, support must be established to empower the accomplishment of these initiatives, primarily through:
- Determining and prioritizing investment requirements
- Recruiting and organizing support resources
- Managing a complex architecture
- Applying biomedical informatics to improve data capture, and data warehousing and business intelligence strategies that can harvest and apply the captured data for performance measurement.
These interventions collectively will enable effective performance measurement and ease the burden, cost, and inefficiencies for participating organizations.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 87 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.
Recombinant provides leading-edge data warehousing and clinical intelligence solutions to healthcare providers, academic medical centers and life science researchers to deliver higher quality outcomes, accelerate personalized medicine, and lower costs. Our team of industry veterans is focused on improving the flow of reliable data to power clinical and research applications in a secure, compliant environment. For more information about Recombinant's products and services, visit www.recomdata.com.