By Richard Howe, PhD, Executive Director of NTREC
Last month in an article in HealthITAnalytics (07/06/15), I discussed how our organization enables population health with big data analytics. Even though this article is focused on population health across a large metropolitan community, some of the underlying principles also apply to a small physician practice.
Five (5) steps for a small practice to migrate toward population health may include:
1. Establish strong governance.
a. Establish the data quality framework and agreed-upon standards.
b. Define the data elements using standard naming conventions and formats in the database.
c. Provide oversight for quality control to look for potential data problems.
d. Resolve any data governance issues.
e. Assign “data ownership” for creation of data and for correction of errors.
2. Clean up your basic demographic data.
a. Look for potential duplicate patient medical records.
b. Look for inconsistent names for the same patient.
c. Migrate toward use of only a patient’s legal name as the name of record.
d. Migrate toward use of the US Postal Service street name and address (like a GPS system uses in a car).
3. Train your staff to maintain a high integrity for all data input fields.
a. Look at data entry error rate by staff person.
b. Train staff to use only the legal name, and not nicknames.
c. Train staff to use only the US Postal Service street name and address.
d. Train staff to look for transposition errors during data input.
e. Train staff to double check all numeric input.
4. Start simple with claims data.
a. Data already exists.
b. Data is in a standard uniform format.
c. Provides basic diagnosis and procedure information.
d. Allows simple summary information across all your patients.
5. Begin population health by sorting claims data by most intensive patients first.
a. Look for patients with:
i. High number of visits.
ii. High number of claims.
iii. Major chronic conditions.
b. Establish a specific treatment / intervention plan for these intensive patients.
By following these five basic steps, you will begin to migrate toward a population-centric, value-based approach in the care and treatment of your patients.
Not since “Titanic” has a production received so many awards. The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s fall public awareness campaign “Stop C-diff Now!” received its sixth award in June for its commercial titled “Wash.” The commercial was presented the Silver “People’s Choice” Telly Award during the 36th annual ceremony.
The DFWHC Foundation’s campaign began last August to raise awareness on the dangers of the acute diarrhea caused by the Clostridium difficile bacteria. The infection is linked to 20,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. The campaign urged citizens to wash their hands with soap after going to the restroom.
The campaign was previously awarded two MarCom Platinum Awards for video and commercial and three Davey Awards for website, print commercial and video. To check out the video and to learn more about C-diff, click here.
Patti Taylor, director of quality and patient safety services at the DFWHC Foundation, coordinated the project while the firm Agency Creative produced the video and launched the campaign.
More than 150 nurses turned out today for “hardiness” training at the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation Workforce Center’s annual Summer Institute in Fort Worth. Taking place at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, this year’s theme was “Hardiness Training for Nurses,” with speaker Sharon Judkins, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, a retired associate professor at UT Arlington, presenting her special seminar throughout the day.
“Quite simply, Sharon is asking today’s attendees, ‘Are you hardy enough?’ Her presentation has been an innovative way to create a form of hardiness in nurses, considered a major antidote for workplace burnout,” said Sally Williams, director of the DFWHC Foundation Workforce Center. “Such team building among North Texas nurses is a unique and productive way to boost the morale of our healthcare workforce.”
For information about future workforce seminars, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s DFW Hospital Council Foundation’s Patient Safety Summit at the Las Colinas Marriott is officially a sellout, with 300 attendees present to hear eight expert speakers. Keynote Speaker John Bourke is on stage as we speak discussing “Crucial Conversations,” detailing important tips for organizational development.
One of the most important ways to reduce accidental harm and improve patient safety is to learn from close calls in the healthcare workplace. The Foundation’s 8th Annual Patient Safety Summit is an opportunity to identify problems and provide solutions. Additional speakers today will include Vickie Gillespie, RN, BSN; Linda Stimmel, JD; Donna Crimmins-Bonnell, RN, BSN, MHSM, CPHQ; Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP; Rosanna Barrett, DrPH, MPH; and Geri Amori, PhD, ARM, CPHRM, DFASHRM.
It’s just six days until the Patient Safety Summit, August 5 at the Las Colinas Marriott. But the deadline to register is Tuesday, August 4 at 12 noon.
The DFW Hospital Council Foundation event themed “First Do No Harm,” is a one-day conference bringing together care-givers to improve the health and quality of care for North Texas patients. The conference will provide more than eight speakers. To register, please click here.