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Marti Jourden, Regent
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Spring 2017

Innovation in Healthcare – a call to action for ACHE healthcare leaders.

Did you know ACHE has a fund for “Innovation in Healthcare Leadership”?  The Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, a philanthropic initiative of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was created to bring innovation to the forefront of healthcare leadership.  Now more than ever, healthcare leaders are being challenged with ways to bring greater value and lower cost to a greater spectrum of people.  If you are interested in donating to the ACHE Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, go to the ACHE website and find the Fund for Innovation.

Innovation in healthcare can save money, create leaner healthcare systems and provide quality care.  For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, CMS, has awarded money for 2 projects in several states including Oklahoma.  The Health Care Innovation Awards are funding up to $1 billion in awards to organizations that are implementing the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest healthcare needs.

From the CMS.gov website:  The Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two are funding up to $1 billion in awards and evaluation to applicants across the country that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP enrollees.

Healthcare Innovation Awards: Oklahoma

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MAYO CLINIC

Project Title: “Patient-centric electronic environment for improving acute care performance”
Geographic Reach: Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma
Funding Amount:
$16,035,264
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $81,345,987

Summary: The Mayo Clinic received an award to improve critical care performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in intensive care units (ICUs). The goal of this project is to develop and test a novel acute care interface with built-in-tools for error prevention, practice surveillance, decision support and reporting (ProCCESs AWARE - Patient Centered Cloud-based Electronic System: Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation). In preliminary studies, these novel informatics support builds on advanced understanding of cognitive and organizational ergonomics, have significantly decreased cognitive load of bedside providers and reduced medical errors. Using a cloud-based technology, AWARE will be uniformly available on either mobile or fixed computing devices and applied in a standardized manner in medical and surgical ICUs of geographically diverse acute care hospitals predominantly serving Medicare and Medicaid patients. The impact of ProCCESs AWARE on processes of care and outcomes in study ICUs will be evaluated using standardized step-wedge cluster randomized study design expected to enroll more than 10,000 critically ill patients during the three-year study period. Over a three-year period, the Mayo Clinic will train 1440 existing ICU caregivers in four diverse hospital systems to use new health information technologies effectively in managing ICU patient care.

TransforMED

Project Title: “Multi-community partnership between TransforMED, hospitals in the VHA system and a technology/data analytics company to support transformation to PCMH of practices connected with the hospitals and development of “Medical Neighborhood”
Geographic Reach: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia
Funding Amount: $20,750,000
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $52,824,000

Summary: TransforMED received an award for a primary care redesign project across 15 communities to support care coordination among Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), specialty practices, and hospitals, creating “medical neighborhoods.” The project will use a sophisticated analytics engine, provided by a vendor, Phytel, to identify high risk patients and coordinate care across the medical neighborhood while driving PCMH transformation in a number of primary care practices in each community. Truly comprehensive care will improve care transitions and reduce unnecessary testing, leading to lower costs with better outcomes. TransforMED will work with VHA to capture learnings from leading performers. Cost trends will be identified via claims data using an analytic tool provided by a vendor, Cobalt Talon. Over a three-year period, TransforMED’s program will train an estimated 3,024 workers and create an estimated 22 jobs.

Are you an innovative thinker?  What new ideas can you, as an ACHE healthcare leader, bring to healthcare to transform it?  With today’s reimbursement challenges, increased regulatory oversight and limited financial capital, I believe this is a call to action for all of us.

Enjoy spring in Oklahoma!!!

 

Marti Jourden, FACHE 

Regent for Oklahoma


 

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