Events

    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • mhdc offices & online (BlueJeans)
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    Getting to 100%: Using Big Data to Match Patients Precisely and Cost-Effectively


    For health systems and health information exchanges, the average rate of identity duplication is 10%, and the known cost to reconcile a single pair of duplicate records approaches $1,000. These organizations must identify and index patients whose information comes from an increasing number of sources that identify patients inconsistently. 

    Current Master Patient Indexing (MPI) solutions, however, are very costly and require extensive implementation times.

    Join Brian Wikle of 4medica as he and his data management experts preview a revolutionary Big Data eMPI that is scalable, cost-effective and manageable.

    Presentation Highlights:

    • How can you eliminate false positives and false negatives?
    • How can having unlimited amounts of historical data at your fingertips actually improve the accuracy rate of data matching?
    • How do you contain operational and IT costs while your data volume increases?
    • How can you increase speed and accuracy without decreasing matching ability?
    Presenter Details:
    • Brian Wikle, 4medica, Sr. Client Executive
    • Gretchen Cole, 4medica, Senior Software Support & Training
    • Gregg Church, 4medica, President
    • Muthu Kuttalingam, 4medica, SVP of Product Development & Technology
    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • mhdc offices & online (BlueJeans)
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    Hospital-Level Care at Home for Acutely Ill Adults

      

    Hospitals are standard of care for acute illness, but hospitals can be unsafe, uncomfortable, and expensive. Providing substitutive hospital-level care in a patient’s home potentially reduces cost while maintaining or improving quality, safety, and patient experience.

    A “home hospital” is home-based provision of acute services usually associated with the traditional inpatient hospital setting.

    We will discuss the innerworkings, reasoning behind, and pitfalls of home hospitalization.

    • We will describe prior home hospital efforts
    • We will describe and defend the home hospital model
    • We will discuss challenges and future directions for intensive home-based care.\

    Presenter Details:

    • David M Levine, MD MPH MA
      Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
      Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
      Assistant Medical Director, Innovative Care Pathways



    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • online (BlueJeans)
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    BPCI Advanced: New Opportunities for Success

    This Presentation is Online Only


    BPCI Advanced is the next generation of bundled payments from CMS, and the next step in the value-based healthcare movement. Providers have only until March 12 to submit an application. Providers should learn about the program and secure their option to participate.

    Learn about the key components and latest information from CMS on BPCI Advanced to help you make an informed decision. During our webinar, we will:

    • Provide an overview of BPCI Advanced
    • Clarify recent updates from CMS
    • Review the non-binding application process
    • Answer questions about the program

    Join us to learn more about BPCI Advanced and how to get started before the deadline.

    Presenter:

    • Dave Terry, MBA, CEO, Archway Health

    Dave, a 20-year payment reform veteran and thought leader, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Archway Health. He channels his knowledge of payment reform and passion for healthcare into ensuring providers’ success in bundled payment programs.

    • Keely Macmillan, MPH General Manager of BPCI Advanced, Archway Health

    Keely is a recognized expert in alternative payment models with more than a decade of experience in guiding specialty providers to success in value-based payments, including bundled payments. Keely oversees all aspects of Archway’s involvement in the BPCI initiative.


      • 15 Mar 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • mhdc offices & online (BlueJeans)
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      System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine

        

      Although modern medicine has greatly advanced our capabilities, it has also resulted in a healthcare system of remarkable complexity. Hospital labor and delivery units often have five waste containers - one for sharps, one for biohazards, one for soiled linens, one for recycling, and one, of course, for normal garbage. The complexity of these environments may be the root cause of both our successes and our failures, including a growing tendency to cause harm by intervening inappropriately in childbirth. This talk will review new ways of thinking about how to intentionally simplify the complexity of the healthcare systems we work in order to take better care of mothers and babies.

      Things You will Learn:

      • Understand the link between system complexity and errors in medicine
      • Distinguish between institutional quality improvement and improvement at large scale
      • Explain the role of human centered design, system engineering, and automation in simplifying systems

      Presenter Details:

      • Neel Shah, MD, MPP
        Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
        Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative, Ariadne Labs
        His team is currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, and using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable c-sections.
      • 20 Mar 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • mhdc offices & online (BlueJeans)
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      Electronic Health Records in the Post-HITECH Era: Rethinking Vendor Performance and Certification


                  The federal electronic health record certification process was intended to ensure a baseline level of system quality and the ability to support meaningful use criteria. Despite this, there is widespread acknowledgement that EHR systems vary significantly in their design and functionality. We performed a national study of hospitals to determine if there was an association between EHR vendor choice performance on select Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria.

                  Our results show that a nontrivial proportion of variation in hospital meaningful use performance is explained by vendor choice, between 7% and 34% depending on the criteria. There were significant associations between vendor choice and meaningful use performance, with Epic being associated with significantly higher performance on 5 of the 6 criteria; relationships for other vendors were mixed. However, the majority of variation is unexplained by observable hospital characteristics, including vendor.

                   Our results have important implications for both practitioners and policymakers. For practitioners, we find that choosing an EHR vendor is important if their organization is seeking high performance, but unobservable characteristics are perhaps even more important. Staff training, implementation, and continuous learning are some possible drivers of this unexplained variation. For policymakers, it is important to consider the goal of the EHR certification program going forward, and whether or not the purpose is to ensure simply baseline capability, or to relieve the burden of choice from providers.

      Lessons Learned:

      • There is significant variation in meaningful use performance across EHR vendors
      • Some vendors consistently scored well, while others had mixed results.
      • Most of the variation in meaningful use score was unexplained by observable characteristics, including vendor choice.
      • Practitioners should be aware of the variation in EHR performance, while policymakers may wish to consider altering the certification process depending on their goals. 

        Speaker Information:

        • A Jay Holmgren, MHI
          Doctoral Student, Health Policy Management
          Harvard Business School


        • 20 Mar 2018
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • Webinar
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        Spotlight User Group - Webinar Series


        During 2018, the Consortium will continue to host a series of user group webinars focusing on relevant & important use cases, questions, and your input & recommendations for  improvements to the Spotlight solution. 

        Please join us online for another informative session.

        For additional information please contact Brian Kelley

        • 29 Mar 2018
        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • 147
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        Treating and Preventing Opioid Abuse with Digital Pills


        How do patients actually take as-needed, or PRN, pain medications? Electronic adherence monitors (EAMs) can help clinicians infer if a patient has taken a medication. Unfortunately, EAMs only measure the opening of a pill bottle or a pill dispenser; they cannot measure the ingestion of pain pills—and pain pills are some of the most commonly prescribed PRN medications.

        Digital pills (also called “digiceuticals”) are a simple and effective way to measure the ingestion of medications. Drs. Boyer and Chai developed a digiceutical made from a standard oxycodone tablet inserted into a product made by eTect RX—a standard gelatin capsule containing a radiofrequency emitter that activates only in the stomach.

        Drs. Boyer and Chai prescribed one week’s worth of oxycodone digiceuticals to emergency department patients with a major fracture. Patients began to taper their pain medications by 24 hours post injury. By 72-96 hours after injury, almost everyone had stopped taking oxycodone. The only person who did not taper down oxycodone had not disclosed a previous history of substance abuse. At the end of the study, a pill count verified the amount of medication recorded by the digiceutical technology matching the amount of medication that had been taken by participants.

        Key Learnings:

        • Patients can use digiceuticals—one of the study participants was homeless, and several more were of educational status.
        • Digiceuticals can identify pill ingestion, even of PRN medications.
        • Physicians overprescribe opioids.

        Presenter Details:

        • Edward W. Boyer, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
        • Peter Chai, M.D., MMS., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology

        About the Brigham Innovation Hub

        The Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub) was launched in September 2013 as a resource center for innovators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to advance their ideas for improving care. Since then iHub has evolved into a broader digital health consulting team, supporting internal innovation and also bringing in leading-edge digital solutions to create the hospital of the future.


        • 03 Apr 2018
        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • MHDC Office & ONLINE via BlueJeans
        • 135
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        Leveraging Natural Language Processing Technology
        to Improve Mental Health Population Management


        Mental health is the leading cost driver in US healthcare system. Even for patients with the same medical diagnosis, those with mental health issues would cost 30% more. Because mental health signs and symptoms are usually not captured in structured data, it is difficult to automatically identify those patients that require additional assessment and treatment. For providers managing population risks, assessing the mental health needs at a population level also presents a major challenge given the data is mostly in unstructured text.

        • Dr. Li will discuss how natural language processing technology (NLP) can be used to support this critical clinical function.
        • Dr. Li will describe how a large organization in New York area uses the technology to assess the mental health needs for a population and individual patient

        Speaker:
        • Qi Li, MD, Strategist and Innovator for Global Healthcare, InterSystems
          Dr. Li is a physician executive in charge of product innovation at InterSystems, a Cambridge based healthcare IT company.
        • 25 Apr 2018
        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • mhdc offices & online (BlueJeans)
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        Why Data Governance Is a Hot Topic for Healthcare Organizations

         

        Here’s a sad story. Healthcare organizations are woefully late to the data governance party. While companies in many industries have long been clear on the fundamental (and critical) goals of a data governance program, healthcare organizations are just starting to see the light. How can you enable better decision-making, reduce operational friction, protect the needs of data stakeholders, train management and staff to adopt common approaches to data issues, build standard, repeatable processes, reduce costs and increase effectiveness through coordination of efforts and ensure transparency of processes? Is all of that even possible? It is. With the proper data governance program.

        Data governance is about building an organizational capability to get value from enterprise data.

        The key to a successful launch is finding the right problems to solve - ones that:

        • Provide significant value
        • Are achievable in 3 – 6 months
        • Build a sustainable capability (rather than a one-time cleanup)

        During this seminar, Point B leaders Susan Kanvik and Greg Gardner will walk you through the why: Why should data governance be a top priority for you organization in 2018?

        Then they’ll help you work on the how: How to develop a pragmatic approach and implementation strategy based on their experience working with hundreds of regional and national healthcare organizations.

        This will be an interactive conversation, so your questions and insights are welcome. 

        Speakers 

        • Susan Kanvik MPH National Healthcare Director
        • Greg Gardner Principal and New England Practice Lead
          • 08 May 2018
          • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
          • Online only (Webinar) 10:00 AM
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          “One-In, Two-Out”

          Will the Trump Administration Reduce HIPAA’s Administrative Burden?


          WEBINAR

          Healthcare entities are concerned about protecting patient privacy and securing health information but are HIPAA’s compliance requirements too much for providers? The 21st Century Cures Act and President Trump’s “one- in / two- out” push on regulations has prompted the Office for Civil Rights interest in understanding, from practitioners, what parts of HIPAA Privacy or Security Rules are creating the most administrative burden. Would you say it is the Accounting of Disclosures requirement, Notice of Privacy Practices, Patient right to request restrictions, or something completely different?

          Join us to hear from an industry expert on where organizations are falling short and interact with the consortium regarding how the HIPAA administrative burden could be reduced.

          Key Objectives

          • Baseline HIPAA Requirements
          • Review top breaches of 2017
          • Discuss how the administrative burden of HIPAA might be reduced

          Katherine Downing is AHIMA’s Vice President Information Governance, Informatics and Standards. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience as a consultant, Director, Privacy Officer, Project Manager, and IT System Analyst. As a Director of Patient Health Information Protection at a hospital systems’ corporate office she led the creation of the Privacy Program for over 300 hospitals, surgery centers, and physician practices including training over 1000 privacy officers. She has expertise in Electronic Health Records and has worked with numerous sites during implementations and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

          Ms. Downing is an established speaker on diverse healthcare topics and an active author on information governance, security, privacy and legal health records. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Cincinnati.

          • 15 May 2018
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
          • Webinar

          Spotlight User Group - Webinar Series


          During 2018, the Consortium will continue to host a series of user group webinars focusing on relevant & important use cases, questions, and your input & recommendations for  improvements to the Spotlight solution. 

          Please join us online for another informative session.

          For additional information please contact Brian Kelley

          bkelley@mahealthdata.org

          • 17 Jul 2018
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
          • Webinar

          Spotlight User Group - Webinar Series


          During 2018, the Consortium will continue to host a series of user group webinars focusing on relevant & important use cases, questions, and your input & recommendations for  improvements to the Spotlight solution. 

          Please join us online for another informative session.

          For additional information please contact Brian Kelley

          bkelley@mahealthdata.org

          • 18 Sep 2018
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
          • Webinar

          Spotlight User Group - Webinar Series


          During 2018, the Consortium will continue to host a series of user group webinars focusing on relevant & important use cases, questions, and your input & recommendations for  improvements to the Spotlight solution. 

          Please join us online for another informative session.

          For additional information please contact Brian Kelley

          bkelley@mahealthdata.org

          • 20 Nov 2018
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
          • Webinar

          Spotlight User Group - Webinar Series


          During 2018, the Consortium will continue to host a series of user group webinars focusing on relevant & important use cases, questions, and your input & recommendations for  improvements to the Spotlight solution. 

          Please join us online for another informative session.

          For additional information please contact Brian Kelley

          bkelley@mahealthdata.org

          • 28 Nov 2018
          • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
          • Massachusetts Medical Society


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          Our 40th Anniversary Conference

          Wednesday, November 28, 2018

          Details to Follow


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        Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
        781.419.7800
        www.mahealthdata.org

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        please contact Arleen Coletti
        by email or at 781.419.7818

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