Social Leadership Lessons from a Man in a Bow Tie

Category : Leadership

In May, I attended the Integrate 2015 Conference sponsored by the West Virginia University’s Integrated Marketing Communications graduate program. This is the fifth year for this conference which has gotten better each year. I’ve been an adjunct professor in the program since 2008 and have attended all but one conference. This year featured many outstanding presentations on promotions, public relations, content marketing and so on. The presentations included speakers from Coca-Cola, SeaWorld, RCA Records and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Pioneer ACO Program Saves $384 Million, OK’d for Expansion

Medicare’s accountable care organization model has notched sufficient savings to meet the agency’s criteria for expansion to a larger population of beneficiaries.

The Pioneer ACO model, a controversial Medicare program geared to incent doctors and hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs and redundant care, in two years saved more than $300 per year for each of the 600,000 beneficiaries enrolled and is ready to be scaled up, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Monday.

Pioneer ACO Program Saves $384 Million, OK’d for Expansion

Cancer Centers, Epic to Tap Power of IBM Watson Supercomputer

A supercomputer like IBM’s Watson is needed to be able to analyze the large number of detailed records needed to “develop patient treatment protocols, personalize patient management for chronic conditions, and intelligently assist doctors and nurses by providing relevant evidence from the worldwide body of medical knowledge, putting new insight into the hands of clinical staff.” The key to the success would be able to share and analyze patient-specific data in real time, a part of the standard workflow. This will allow Watson to “bring forth critical evidence from medical literature and case studies that are most relevant to the patient’s care.”

Cancer Centers, Epic to Tap Power of IBM Watson Supercomputer

Epic, Watson at work on interoperability

IBM’s Watson targets cancer and enlists prominent providers in the fight


Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

This is an interesting development. It may be the only way some smaller hospital systems receive any assistance with healthcare analytics.

Cleveland Clinic makes analytics available

Data analytics top concern, but industry stumped about where to start

This is not unexpected. I discussed this problem at the Healthcare Analytics Symposium in July 2014. Even if most healthcare organizations knew where to start, they would still be missing the talent and data management capabilities to be effective. #beginhealthcareanalytics

Data analytics top concern, but industry stumped about where to start

ACO & Population Health Management

Category : Speaking Events

Sept 15-16: Population Health Analytics

ACO & Population Health Management / Telemedicine and Telehealth Congress

September 15-16, 2015

Dallas, TX

Regardless of which financial business model a healthcare organization chooses to follow, they will need to reduce costs in order to survive and remain profitable. The need to reduce costs is even more critical for accountable care organizations. Other industries have ‘weathered the storm’ and have become lean in their operations. To reach their goals, the tool of choice was analytics. Now it’s healthcare’s turn.

Analytics are needed to uncover operational inefficiencies in the organization and identify customer/ patient opportunities. More specifically, predictive analytics is utilized to determine what is likely to happen in the future and illuminate potential actions the organization should take now. In healthcare, it can be used to highlight who potentially will be your healthiest (least costly) or unhealthiest (most costly) patients in your portfolio. Armed with this information, your organization will be able to manage your patient portfolio the way other industries manage their customer portfolios. You keep your healthy patients well with a program of preventive care and you manage the care of the less healthy patients to provide the best level of care while minimizing their cost of care. Mr. Smith might appear perfectly healthy today, but 3 months from now he is likely to suffer a preventable ailment.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The advantages of having a healthcare analytics program.
  • What it takes to implement a successful healthcare analytics program in your organization, including assessing readiness, the stumbling blocks you will likely face and the most overlooked key component to your success or failure.
  • Tips on implementing and maintaining the right training, processes and technology for ongoing success.

Process – The Neglected Continuum in Healthcare

Healthcare is undergoing a period of tremendous change, and while EHRs have gotten a great deal of attention, lately, the implementation of an EHR is only the first step in a long journey to becoming a data-enabled healthcare organization.

Process – The Neglected Continuum in Healthcare.

No interoperability? Goodbye big data

Interoperability is extremely important to creating large datasets for analysis. Even with interoperability, there’s a huge gap in how most healthcare organizations gather and connect their own data. Without an internal data strategy, interoperability with outside systems will have little impact. #nointeroperability

No interoperability? Goodbye big data

Ebola Lapse in Dallas Offers Few Lessons

Ebola Lapse in Dallas Offers Few Lessons, Except About Our Over-reliance on Technology

People are still trying to blame the Epic EHR for the Texas Ebola case missed diagnosis. From what I understand, the information was recorded in the EHR, but the staff didn’t connect the dots. Without the EHR the notes would have been recorded on paper charts and we know that nothing is ever missed in a paper chart.

Ebola Lapse in Dallas Offers Few Lessons, Except About Our Over-reliance on Technology


The Root Cause of Many EHR Failures is Poor Leadership

by J. Bryan Bennett

We recently learned of another C-level executive resigning over a failed or challenged EHR implementation (CEO of Georgia Hospital Resigns After Rocky EHR Implementation). These stories are beginning to come with increased frequency as most healthcare organizations are deep into their EHR implementation cycle. If you look closely, the reasons are almost always the same, i.e., lack of physician engagement, difficult implementation time frames or lack of the proper resources. When I read these stories, I usually come to one primary reason for the failure – bad leadership in two distinct areas.

The Root Cause of Many EHR Implementation Failures is Bad Leadership