The second in a three-part series on the 2017 AHRMM Cost-Quality-Outcomes (CQO) Summit
As a nurse by training, Anne Snowdon, BScN, MSc, PhD., is appalled by the fact that preventable medical errors are a leading cause of death in both the U.S. and Canada.[i],[ii] As a researcher, she believes the supply chain holds the key to help reduce the numbers of patients who are harmed, not healed, in the hospitals of the two neighboring nations.
Is it wise to relinquish control of the infrastructure to a third party? If you’re considering a move to the cloud, this is probably a question that you ask yourself every day. Your IT and executive leadership teams likely ask you this question every day. Without a doubt, moving to the cloud model is a fundamental shift for IT, and the business. The cloud requires us to re-imagine how we manage our IT resources, and the cost structure that accompanies it.
The GHX Supply Chain Summit provides three days of learning, collaborating and networking. Each year following the Supply Chain Summit, we take some of the highest rated sessions and offer the opportunity to hear from those speakers again in a webinar. We are happy to announce three new webinars featuring guest speakers from the 2017 Summit. Topics range from data management and driving value from data to implementing standards for UDI to vendor and business associate risk management. You can begin signing up for the webinars now.
The term “population health” is one of those words we hear a lot in healthcare, but there is rarely a common understanding of what it means. While I am certainly not the definitive expert, most would agree it has to do with improving the health of a target population, which can be as broad as all members of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), but it more accurately refers to patients with similar comorbidities and other factors impacting their health and well being, such as the social determinants of health. Those are factors such as: where someone lives, level of education, income, and race/ethnicity. These factors have been found to have more of an impact on whether someone is in good health or not and their expected lifespan than the clinical care they receive.
The healthcare industry is notable for complex contracting process, but recent trends in payment models and the continued volume of mergers and acquisitions are bringing new challenges. Overall, these developments emphasize the need for a holistic view of healthcare and for identifying a total cost of care, which is critical for success with a bundled-payment model. These external forces are driving changes internally for supply chain earlier in the process in managing contracts.
I’m often approached by CIOs who ask me about GHX transitioning 100 percent to the cloud. Most of us recognize and believe that the cloud is the future of computing, yet overseeing such a huge migration creates enormous personal and professional pressure.