“Can we afford clinical data registries?” Hear How in this On Demand Webinar

We were pleased to host Julie McDonald, Director, Clinical Analytics, Providence Regional Healthcare Center, on a webinar on Nov. 19. She covered the escalating demand for participation in clinical data registries, and organizational and technological strategies to meet that demand. (Listen in at your convenience to this 30 minute On Demand Webinar.)

Here are a few of her observations:

With 20+ years of experience in data capture and analysis, she has seen the many changes wrought by the implementation of electronic health records. But when it comes to collecting the data for submission to registries, the workflow is largely the same as it was using paper charts!

This situation is clearly not sustainable given the cost of clinical labor and the increasing demand for insights that registries can contribute. Quality improvement initiatives, certification requirements, and risk-sharing with payers all need the kind of real-world data that registries provide.

At Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, the number of registries is expected to double in the next 15 months. And system-wide, Providence Health and Services is faced with hiring 100 more people if they don’t take steps to automate.

I think we can all agree on the value of registries. The question is, can we afford them?

The answer is “Yes!”, but only if we apply technology that can eliminate the 75% of the process that is wasted in simply finding the information required.

(To solve this problem, Julie’s team at Providence is using QPID Health’s Registry Submission solution, which locates and synthesizes information, and helps populate complex registry forms.)

Listen On Demand now!

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Registries are demanding your data. Are you prepared? Get advice from an expert at our Nov 19 WEBINAR

Clinical registries provide timely real-world data on outcomes for health interventions. Unlike clinical trials, which by design are exclusionary, registries document the experience of a broad group of patients and produce real world evidence.

Although the benefits of participation are clear – the ACS NSQIP surgical registry reports savings of on average $3 million per year per facility – the costs are high. Case forms can have over 150 questions that require the clinical knowledge of highly skilled clinical nurse reviewers and data abstractors.

Whether you are looking for cost savings, complying with mandates under meaningful use, supporting surgical or other quality improvement initiatives, or getting certified to deliver specialty care, clinical data registries are demanding your data.

How will you scale?

Join Julie McDonald, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Director, Clinical Analytics at Providence Everett on Nov. 19 at 12 noon EST for a free webinar. Grab your lunch or a cup of coffee and get expert advice in just 30 minutes. She will discuss:

  • The benefits of participating in clinical data registries
  • Organizational strategies to meet the demand
  • How innovative technology boosts capacity

Hope you can join us!

Event Details

“Meeting the Challenges of Clinical Registries”
Speaker: Julie McDonald, Director, Clinical Analytics, Providence Everett
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm ET

Register here.

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It pays to do your homework on hospital safety rankings!

The LeapFrog Group came out with its Hospital Safety Score rankings for over 2500 hospitals last week. They assigned grades of A-F based on a composite of 28 measures in use by quality measurement programs run by the CDC and CMS and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Per the report, the state with the most A-rated hospitals is Maine. Our home state of Massachusetts is #2. And only 5% of US hospitals (133) earned an A grade.

Health Grades, which provides online resources to help consumers select a healthcare provider, assigned 1 to 5 stars to hospitals based on how they they performed on common surgeries and procedures. A key takeaway is that 1 out of 6 patients received their care at hospitals with only a 1-star rating.

But the big news is that when it comes to hospital ratings, we consumers should take note!

Patients who research the appropriate hospital for their condition or surgery have a 71 percent lower risk of dying and 65 percent lower risk of a complication during their stay

So we decided to help you do some research on your own.  Since a hospital that does well in one type of surgery is not necessary making the grade in others, Healthgrades lets you search by category:

Healthgrades search by category

An interactive map of state rankings provided by the LeapFrog group is linked here, in case you want to travel:

Map of state rankings 

If you want to know how your local hospital ranks, here’s LeapFrog’s lookup table:

Hospital Safety Score

Don’t forget about the Hospital Compare site, managed by CMS and based on quality measures submitted by hospitals that care for Medicare patients:

Hospital Compare

To read the complete reports from each oganization:

The LeapFrog Group Hospital Safety Score

Healthgrades Report to the Nation

Do your homework and be safe!

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