CCO Conference Works toward Transforming Health Care “Bit by Bit”

December 1, 2015   |  Tags: Blog   |  Tags: HIT , Conference , Health Care IT , CCOs
Tom Ricciardi

The CCO Oregon Tech and Data Conference on November 10th brought together health care leaders from across Oregon to discuss how information systems are adapting to transforming care coordination.

Dr. Mike Rohwer’s keynote illustrated how health care is a complex adaptive system; we cannot reduce “quality” to a limited number of uniform inputs,  feeding a factory-like system, to generate a controlled product. People and communities just don’t work that way! Dr. Rohwer reminded us “the patient is the purpose of the system” and we can measure and maximize the real value delivered to the patient.

The Children’s Health Foundation showed off their community-wide, clinically focused, population health management tools in a tour de force presentation. The Care Management, Analytics and Reporting Tool (CMART) brings together clinical information data from multiple practice EMRs to support patient care across the entire care team. Actionable information such as care gap alerts and reporting for pediatric clinical protocols can serve as a model community-wide collaboration across the entire region.

The Collaborative for Health Information Technology in Oregon (CHITO) publicly launched its vision with a team of top executives – Greg Van Pelt (OHLC), Abby Sears (OCHIN) and Mylia Christensen (Q Corp). OAHHS is also part of the CHITO collaboration, which is focused on collaborative development of Health Information Technology (HIT) solutions.  CHITO intends to leverage of existing regional HIT assets and coordinate investments related to data, metrics, and analytics. CHITO has engaged in initial pilots of a shared provider directory, as well as joint public/private metric and measure alignment.

Susan Otter, Director of Health Information Technology at Oregon Health Authority, discussed the State's plan to achieve an “HIT-Optimized” Health Care System. The presentation contained information about the adoption of HIT in Oregon, together with a crisp outline of the State's role in establishing foundational services. These include a clinical quality metrics registry, common credentialing solution, and a statewide provider directory.

In their overview of integrated clinical and claims data as a way to enable value based care, Carlos Olivares (CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic) and Dr. Rich Parker presented case studies showing upwards of $11 million in program value to a coordinated system.

Several other speakers presented up-to-date information on HIPAA, telemedicine, and predicting readmissions. The next CCO conference with be in Salem on September 27, 2016.

Tom Ricciardi is Director of Technology at Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. Tom has  experience managing software products and development teams in both start-ups and large organizations. His career has been primarily in software technology and consulting industries, with training and credentials in biomedical research.