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Several New Studies Highlight Importance of Clinical Decision Support and Real-time Analytics

December 1, 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, there has been a series of new studies that have highlighted the importance of clinical Decision Support (CDS) and real-time analytics as key drivers to improving care quality.

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According to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, Health IT Analytics had reported that when it came to Clinical Decision Support required under Meaningful use standards, CDS had significantly helped to improve quality of care.

Researchers found that:

  • CDS functions were associated with blood pressure control and fewer visits for adverse drug events;

  • CDS functions were associated with better performance on indicators of quality of care and clinical decision support functions related to such quality measures (Mishuris et al., AJMC, 10/28); and

  • Decisions to disable CDS functions were associated with reduced quality of care improvements (Health IT Analytics, 10/31).

CDS can also help avoid and ease clinical workflow challenges such as Alert Fatigue.  In a second study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, this research showed that CDS allowed for more specified alerts that provided data much closer to the point of decision, and at the point of need, and ultimately lead to more accurate and appropriate alerts.

“Aspects of the redesigned alerts that likely contributed to better prescribing include design modifications that reduced usability-related errors, providing clinical data closer to the point of decision…,” the researchers said.

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) had also released a paper outlining its 10-year vision for harnessing health IT for quality improvement. In the study, it discusses the importance of clinical decision support and real-time analytics.

The quality improvement vision includes:

  • Rapid translation of research, evidence, or best practices into electronically actionable guidelines that enable decision support, quality measurement and reporting
  • Capturing data once and reusing it many times
  • Valid, reliable and accurate patient outcome measures
  • Robust and real-time analytical tools for routine, practice-level and ad-hoc measurement.
  • Interoperable and easy- to-use tools for collecting and using existing data in multiple ways.

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HIMSS Panel on Population Health, CEO Mansoor Khan of Alere Analytics Shares his Insights on Chronic Care Management

October 22, 2014

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On October 21, 2014, CEO Mansoor Khan of Alere Analytics participated on an industry panel at the HIMSS New England chapter event addressing the topic of population health.

Topics included during the panel were:

  • How do strategies differ to address population health vs. care for individual patients?
  • The importance of population health is clear for accountable care organizations.  Is there a value to population health strategies for organizations that are receiving fee-for-service payments?
  • What are the data analytics tools needed to address population health?
  • How can population health strategies help reduce health disparities (race/ethnicity/gender)?
  • Can you give any examples/case studies of clinical organizations that helped develop innovative approaches to population health?

CEO Mansoor Khan addressed several key issues on population health, especially around chronic care management.

Regarding population data, I see two sides to how best to get patient data organized:

  • Business Challenge: There is a need to analyze utilization across your network. Including demographics, social aspects of your patient.

  • Clinical Challenge: Risk stratification tools are needed to identify gaps in care and prioritize high-risk patients for readmission. Population Health is one tool that not only helps identify high-risk populations, but also provides the necessary analytics to show how best to care for these patients.

The landscape of chronic care continues to shift away from fee-for-service. As of January 1, there will be new incentive payments for physicians to track and manage patients with two or more chronic diseases, which requires patient monitoring of at least 20 minutes by a physician in a non-facing patient meeting.

With these new incentive payments and shift to non-facing patient care, there will be a larger healthcare need to truly address home care, social care and cultural issues.  We need to incorporate home care and long term care along with behavioral health information into managing patients with chronic illnesses. By incorporating home care, we have seen a trend of  patients with chronic diseases have positive results with having home monitoring and clinician touch points. For example, tracking weekly weight measurements can provide a 26% reduction in patient visits, and anti-coagulation monitoring in the home can aide in a 15% reduction in admissions.  The EMR systems provide some of this information, but we need patient’s social data and patterns to be incorporated – especially for chronic care management.

For more information about Alere Analytics’ population health manage, please visit www.alereanalytics.com.

CMO of Alere Analytics Provides Healthcare Insights on Population Health Management and the Next Generation of ACOs at US News & World Report Hospital of Tomorrow 2014 Conference

October 2, 2014

Alere Analytics’ CMO and Co-founder, Dr. Fauzia Khan, participated in a panel yesterday at the second annual US News & World Report Hospital of Tomorrow (HOT) Conference, which took place in Washington D.C. at the Washington Hilton October 6 – 8.  The conference addressed critical and mounting challenges facing hospitals and health care systems today.  During the conference, Alere Analytics showcased the Company’s suite of hospital and provider solutions at booth #303.

 

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Dr. Khan’s panel, “The Next Generation of ACOs”, which took place October 7 from  8:45 – 10:00 AM, highlighted how advanced analytics and population health management are helping to bring positive outcomes for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)  In her discussion, Dr. Khan addressed how population health management enables healthcare organizations to meet their operational, financial and clinical goals, by leveraging advanced analytics to identify critical gaps in care and streamline administrative costs, and how key it is to involve patients in managing their own care and their health outcomes.

 

Dr. Fauzia Khan addresses a packed crowd at "The Next Generation of ACOs" panel at US News HOT 2014.

Dr. Fauzia Khan addresses a packed crowd at “The Next Generation of ACOs” panel at US News HOT 2014.

 

A great recap of Dr. Khan’s panel was posted to US News’ Health site, “Experts Say Success of ACOs Hinges on Patient Engagement.”

Here is an excerpt from the article: 

“You have to best fit your approaches to the risk level,” Dr. Khan said. This might mean that low-risk patients would get reminders about prevention; middle-risk patients would get information on chronic disease-management interventions; and high-risk patients would get information on hospitalization.

Khan added: “For us to be really effective, we need to build in [patients’] behavioral and social data.”

All the panelists agreed that ACOs are only the beginning of a revolutionary paradigm shift in healthcare from a disease management perspective to a preventative/wellness focused one.

Khan called ACOs “the tip of the iceberg,” of a more fundamental cultural shift in health care. “Society needs to change to encourage people to take more ownership of own health.”

 

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Dr. Khan during her panel presentation at US News HOT 2014

 

For all of the Hospital of Tomorrow 2014 keynote, session and panel recaps, visit US News’ Health Hospital of Tomorrow site.

 

To catch up with all Alere Analytics’ latest news and thought leadership, visit our website.

Dr. Fauzia Khan Participates on Panel at 2014 REHNOMA OPEN Leadership Conference

September 15, 2014

This past Saturday, September 13, Dr. Fauzia Khan, Alere Analytics’ CMO, spoke on the roundtable panel at the 2014 REHNOMA OPEN Leadership Conference at the MIT Tang Center in Cambridge, MA. REHNOMA, which stands for Respect, Empowerment, Honesty, Networking, OPEN, Mentoring, Ambition, was sponsored by the New England chapter of OPEN, the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America. The conference brought together Pakistani women leaders from multiple fields to discuss what it means to be a leader in today’s workplace and how to face the challenges that are still present in the corporate world for women.

“We bring together strong, dynamic, and versatile female leaders from various industries – academia, healthcare, finance, technology, and entrepreneurship — to unpack the crucial questions: What is leadership? What does it take to be a good leader? What are the struggles, challenges, and triumphs that come with being a leader? Gender limitations are still very much a limitation in corporate America — what are the issues these constructs pose and how can we work to pave the road ahead for balance in the workplace? Through thoughtful dialogue, inspiring lectures, and interactive workshops, we hope to fuel meaningful discussion and prepare future leaders for tomorrow’s professional landscape.”

 

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The roundtable panel was moderated by WBUR’s Asma Khalid and her co-panelists included  Dr. Tasneem Chipty, Ph.D, Managing Principal at Analysis Group, Inc.,Farah Hussain, a Senior Marketing Manger at PayPal, Saba Wahid , a Culinary Media Personality, Food Writer, and Consultant, and Sanam Agha, an Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer and owner of  SANAM.  Dr. Fauzia shared with REHNOMA attendees the story of how she followed her passion as a physician for providing evidence-based medical care to become a pioneer in the field of Medical Informatics and in 2005  founded DiagnosisONE, now Alere Analytics. Mentoring younger professionals is something Dr. Fauzia has always been focused on and this was an excellent opportunity to provide insights and learn from other members of the Pakistani female leadership community here in New England. Thanks to REHNOMA organizers for hosting a successful, very educational event.

 

To learn more about REHNOMA or OPEN-NE, visit their websites.

To see more of Dr. Fauzia’s thought leadership activities, visit AlereAnalytics.com.