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Sepsis awareness beyond September

As September draws to a close, so does this year’s “Sepsis Awareness Month.” 

With the hopes of extending attention beyond this month on a condition that kills someone every 2 minutes in America, we reached out to Sean Benson, Vice President and General Manager of Specialized Surveillance, Wolters Kluwer Health, to learn more about sepsis’ impacts and the factors hospital administrators ought to consider when creating an effective plan of action to improve health outcomes and lower cost at the same time. 

Mr. Benson co-founded ProVation Medical, now part of Wolters Kluwer Health, in 1994. He has been closely involved in most areas of the company’s operations, including Research & Development, Product Management, Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Client Services. Most recently, he has overseen the company’s newest clinical surveillance platform, POC Advisor.

(Editor’s note: To hear audio excerpts of this interview, click on the media player buttons that run throughout this article.)

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Clearing up the ambiguity of the cloud

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Matt Ferrari, Chief Technology Officer, ClearDATA

In the 1990s and 2000s, the options for hosting data on the Internet were archaic, suffering from availability outages, performance issues and the inability to scale. In addition to these technical issues, most healthcare CIOs at that time demanded the ability to “touch and feel” their data. The notion of moving to the cloud was not one that brought a great deal of peace of mind.

In time, non-mission critical workloads such as e-commerce slowly transitioned to cloud computing environments. As the IT began to mature and evolve, and due to the large capital expenditures required to facilitate important tasks such as de-identifying patient data, many healthcare administrators began to welcome Amazon Web Services with its massive public cloud. When cloud service providers started providing PCI security assessments and HITRUST capabilities, highly regulated workloads were relocated to the cloud as well. During this period of transformation, the cloud pushed our industry to find a stronger focus on IT performance, availability and security, and that is where we continue to trend today.

To learn more about the current, and future, states of utilizing the cloud in healthcare, I contacted Matt Ferrari, Chief Technology Officer, ClearDATA.

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Targeting instances of sepsis at Huntsville Hospital

Stephen Claypool, MD, Medical Director, Innovation Lab, Wolters Kluwer

Stephen Claypool, MD, Medical Director, POC Advisor, Wolters Kluwer

Evaluating the Impact of a Computerized Surveillance Algorithm and Decision Support System on Sepsis Mortality,” appeared in the June print edition of The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). This study examined how clinicians at Alabama’s Huntsville Hospital decreased sepsis-related deaths by 53 percent during a 10-month period using a combination of clinical change management and electronic alerting from POC Advisor, a highly-accurate clinical decision support (CDS) software.

To learn more about this important implementation, we contacted Dr. Claypool, MD, Medical Director, POC Advisor, Wolters Kluwer.

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Seeking a sharper focus on sepsis

Stephen Claypool, MD, Medical Director, Innovation Lab, Wolters Kluwer

Stephen Claypool, MD, Medical Director, POC Advisor, Wolters Kluwer

It’s been just a few weeks since boxing legend and activist Mohamand Ali died of sepsis, a condition that still remains greatly a mystery to many outside and inside healthcare. 

In our previous worked focusing upon sepsis, we learned several discrepancies exist in incidence and mortality reporting due to the host of definitions and terminologies used for sepsis in the field.

Formally, sepsis definitions have been largely unchanged for more than two decades, that is, until the recent publication of “Assessment of Clinical Criteria for Sepsis: For the Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3)“.

There are now only two identified stages of sepsis: Sepsis and septic shock, as the new sepsis-3 definitions are designed to apply only to patients with life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. “Severe” sepsis is no longer used in the terminology and the milder stage of sepsis that was identified as “sepsis” by SIRS+ (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) criteria is no longer recognized. With this new definition, “sepsis” now best correlates with the old version’s status of severe sepsis.

Seeking clarification, we decided to contact Dr. Claypool, MD, Medical Director, POC Advisor, Wolters Kluwer for his thoughts on these recent definition changes and how they may impact physicians and the patients.

(Editor’s note: To hear audio excerpts of this interview, click on the media player buttons that run throughout this article.)

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Geisinger Health: On the call with John Kravitz, MHA, CHCIO

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John Kravitz, MHA, CHCIO, Geisinger Health

Few healthcare systems have the rich history and scope of reach as Geisinger Health. To learn more about the organization’s mission and its goals for the future, we spoke with John Kravitz, MHA, CHCIO.

Some of the subjects we discussed included:

  • his career path leading up to his ascension to his new role at Geisinger Health;
  • the vision of the organization’s new leadership;
  • the function and power of implementing an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL);
  • the need for thorough patient education and the use of analytics to identify gaps in patient education;
  • his view of interoperability within Meaningful Use;
  • the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE);
  • xG Health Solutions and
  • what he sees as the next big thing in healthcare.

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Redefining the vision of better patient care: Greenway Health

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Christina Fortner Slade, Vice President, Product Management, Greenway Health

In my previous interviews with Robin Hackney, Chief Marketing Officer, and Tina Graham, Senior Vice President, Revenue Services, Scott Fannin, Vice President of Product Management and Rob Newman, Vice President of Interoperability Services, we learned about Greenway Health’s (HIMSS’16 booth #4043) recent re-branding campaign and its first new mission pillar: serve. 

For the final feature of the “Voices of Greenway Health series, we spoke with Christina Fortner Slade, Vice President, Product Management, Greenway Health

Some of the topics she discussed include:

  • Greenway Health’s maturation as a company;
  • the evolution of population health in healthcare and Greenway’s plans to lead the field;
  • the spread of consumer health information and telehealth;
  • the effects of patient generational differences within healthcare decision making; and
  • the goal of Greenway Health to create a unified patient experience.

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Patient engagement gets its close-up: On the call with Bob Rossi, Vice President, Healthcare Sales, CDW Healthcare

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Bob Rossi, Vice President, Healthcare Sales, CDW Healthcare

As part of our “Countdown to HIMSS’16” series, we spoke with Bob Rossi, Vice President, Healthcare Sales, CDW Healthcare. We contacted him to get better insights into his organization’s innovative work regarding patient engagement. In particular, we hoped to learn more about CDW Healthcare’s Patient Engagement Perspectives Study. (If you are attending HIMSS’16, you can visit booth #3606 on Wednesday, March 2nd from 2:00pm – 3:00 pm and speak with C-suite executives focused on improving patient engagement.)

Some of the topics we discussed during our conversation included:

  • how patient engagement has evolved over the years in healthcare; 
  • the findings of CDW Healthcare’s Patient Engagement Perspectives Study;
  • the need to educate patients with weaker technology skills so that they may truly benefit from IT solutions such as patient portals; and 
  • the impacts patient accountability and wearable will have upon patient engagement strategies in the future.

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Making the important connections in healthcare: Greenway Health

In my previous interviews with Robin Hackney, Chief Marketing Officer, and Tina Graham, Senior Vice President, Revenue Services, we learned about Greenway Health’s (HIMSS’16 booth #4043) recent re-branding campaign and its first new mission pillar: serve.greenway-health-serve-connect-care-square-stacked 

For the third part of this “Voices of Greenway Health” series, we spoke with Scott Fannin, Vice President of Product Management and Rob Newman, Vice President of Interoperability Services. Our conversation centered upon the topic of interoperability, however, the core of our talk was Greenway Health’s second mission pillar: connect. 

(Editor’s note: To hear audio excerpts of this interview, click on the media player buttons that run throughout this article.)

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Heading into HIMSS’16: Three industry perspectives on healthcare’s largest gathering

As we literally take a break from packing our bags for our upcoming trip to Las Vegas to attend HIMSS’16, we thought we would share with you some recent conversations we’ve had with healthcare IT veterans who are also making the annual pilgrimage to our industry’s largest conference and exhibition.

We will share each individual’s interview in its entirety after we return from Nevada, but we wanted to offer the personal perspectives each healthcare IT has relative to HIMSS before you go to the show. 

(Editor’s note: To hear audio excerpts of these interviews, click on the media player buttons that run throughout this article.)

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The rise of clinical communications: On the call with Jason Stanaland, Spok

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Jason Stanaland, Mobility Solutions Consultant, Spok

While documented resources will always account for a significant part of the information flow in healthcare, growing evidence indicates that information requests by clinicians will be met more often by their colleagues via mobile synchronous and asynchronous communications. 

As part of our “Countdown to HIMSS’16” series, we spoke with Jason Stanaland, Mobility Solutions Consultant, Spok (HIMSS’16 booth #4829). He described Spok’s approach to establishing effective clinical communication systems and how the company’s experience across multiple vertical markets provides special insights that are particularly important in healthcare.

Some of the subjects we discussed included:

  • the historical and contemporary challenges surrounding clinical communications;
  • the need to secure communications for both the organization and the end user;
  • how communication gaps between patients/consumers and providers/marketplace are eroding;
  • the potential of Big Data’s impacts on the future of clinical communications.

(Editor’s note: To hear audio excerpts of this interview, click on the media player buttons that run throughout this article.)

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