The importance of planning before implementing an EHR

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

Moving from an archaic paper-based system to Electronic Health Records seems like a good idea. But as indicated in http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/ehr-debacle-leads-to-paper-based-care-for-coast-guard-servicemembers-222412, throwing money at a problem is pointless if you don’t do careful planning. Moving from one system to another should always require planning. Moving from an inexpensive system to an expensive one means needing to think out all of the change …

MACRA(&)Me: Our Thots from the North Carolina HMISS 2016 Annual Meeting

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Events, Our Thots

By Monica Horvath, Director of Health Intelligence The best conferences are those where there are a lot of stories.  At this year NC HIMSS Annual Meeting, the stories people tell revolve around how healthcare organizations are grappling with the many unknowns in the future and walking a fine line between due diligence and paternalism for both patients and staff.   …

SAS Global Forum Recap: Check Out Our Papers and Presentations

Greg Nelson Events, Healthcare Analytics, Our Thots

Greg Nelson and Michelle Buchecker presented four great papers at SAS Global Forum this year. Links to each of our papers are included below. Change Management: The Secret to a Successful SAS® Implementation Change Management: The Secret to a Successful SAS® Implementation from ThotWave   Kicking and Screaming Your Way to SAS® Enterprise Guide® Kicking and Screaming Your Way to …

See Our Presentation: How to Grow Health Analytics Without Hiring New Staff

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Analytics training, Business of Healthcare, Our Thots

by Monica Horvath, PhD Really?  Wow– that’s a hard title to live up to.  But we will be doing just that when I (Monica Horvath, Director of Health Intelligence) speak at the NC HIMSS Spring Conference this Thursday, April 21.  There I will walk the audience through: Our take on healthcare’s problem with data A solution: Data champions A roadmap …

Drilling Down on Data Analytics for Value-Based Care Delivery

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Analytics training, Healthcare Analytics

This article touches on a wealth of issues facing data analytics for healthcare. What type of skills are needed? How do you translate volumes of data to effectively address an individual’s day-to-day needs? How do you address disparate data across multiple systems with multiple providers using different terminology for the same thing? The best answer to the first question is …

Handy tool for mobile health app developers: Which privacy laws do you need to worry about?

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

The FTC has coordinated with a slew of other Federal agencies to produce a little interactive tool that you can walk through to see if your killer-app idea is subject to any of the laws below: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act)  FTC Health Breach …

Strike up the band! Incorporating patient-reported outcomes into clinical care.

Greg Nelson Analytics roles, Healthcare Technology

by Nancy Wicklin This article discusses how a smartphone app (called Orchestra) is providing better collaboration between providers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and their patients with chronic illnesses. It’s a great example of how to incorporate patient-reported outcomes into clinical care. I realize that not everyone is good at or even wants to document their daily health happenings, …

Refunded care at Geisinger: $80K over 6mos

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Not too long ago Geisinger CEO announced that for certain services, they would be giving a refund option via their ‘ProvenExperience’ program if patients were not satisfied with their care.  Patients can request a refund of their co-payments or deductibles. The goal was to increase satisfaction scores. Much fun was poked at Geisinger across the industry for this seemingly foolhardy …

See us at SAS Global Forum!

Greg Nelson Events, Our Thots

Greg Nelson and Michelle Buchecker from ThotWave are presenting four sessions at SAS Global Forum this year. Change Management: The Secret to a Successful SAS® Implementation, Tuesday, Apr 19, 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM Kicking and Screaming Your Way to SAS® Enterprise Guide®, Tuesday, Apr 19, 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM Life in the Fast Lane: Optimization for Interactive and …

Is healthcare ready to take on risk? When analytics matters

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

by Greg Nelson The often quoted sentiment “Healing is an art, medicine is a profession, but healthcare is a business.” is part of the challenge for healthcare. Three separate identities struggling to form a cohesive sense of what makes sense in an ever changing economic and regulatory landscape that is “modern healthcare.”  A while organizations try to find their way, …