2012 AMGA Annual Conference

Information Technology

Information Technology
Bring IT/MIS, medical informatics, data warehouse research, and clinical research staff to hear from progressive groups on issues such as EMR development and implementation, IT for disease management, and emerging technological solutions for the enormous challenges facing healthcare organizations.

Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Building an Effective Physician EHR-IT Leader Team

Steven A. Mitnick, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Gould Medical Group and President, Sutter Physicians Insurance Coalition, Inc.; Angela Lin, MD, Assistant Medical Director/Physician Champion EHR, Gould Medical Group; and Patrick Snyder, MD, Physician Lead, Sutter Health
The cost and resources to start an EHR/Informatics service support at the medical group level can be staggering. In this presentation, Gould Medical Group will share the strategies of creating cross-functional leadership roles in administrative and EHR expertise for disseminating IT knowledge and continuing skill upgrades in the organization. They will present the key physician leadership skills critical in the IT administration and physician alignments as well as the lessons learned in establishing the existing EHR physician support model, succession management, the approaches to recover from talent loss, and the current strategies of talent retention.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to identify the key IT-EHR initiatives at the medical group level and formulate the physician staffing resources and requirements to support the initiatives; identify the key characteristics of an effective physician EHR leadership team and the required leadership characteristics, skills, and quality of individual members; create cross-functional leadership roles to combine administrative and EHR expertise for the dissemination of IT knowledge and continuing upgrades of physician EMR skills; and describe lessons learned in Gould Medical Group's decade of experiences in managing talent defection and grooming succession.

Friday, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
HITECH Readiness for Accountable Care Delivery Systems

Simeon A. Schwartz, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, WESTMED Medical Group; and Jeffery Daigrepont, Senior Vice President, Coker Group
As healthcare providers seek to redefine themselves as accountable care organizations, it will be crucial to examine the role technology will play, and how it will serve the need to modernize data analytics, predictive reporting, valued-based purchasing, and quality-driven care management.  This presentation will review one progressive medical practice's transition in developing its HITECH infrastructure and solutions to meet these demands and to optimize shared savings. Participants will explore the types of technology, innovation, resources, and services necessary to adapt and thrive in a new era of value-driven health care.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to define integrated HITECH solutions necessary to meet the demands and accountable care and shared savings reimbursement models; discuss electronic health records and what role they play in the ACO; identify key areas of focus of electronic repository and security of records; identify steps to disaster recovery plans and continuity of business; review analytical tools necessary to demonstrate quality care, outcomes and performance measures; and evaluate HITECH tools to coordinate care across multiple care givers, stakeholders and share data at the point of thought.

Friday, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Using New Data Analytic Technologies to Manage Risk, Reduce Costs, and Improve Efficiency

Joe Kimura, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Analytic and Reporting Systems, Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Over the past few years, Atrius Health has increased focus on the identification and reduction of delivery system inefficiencies contributing to unnecessarily wasteful medical expenses. This presentation will highlight the use of healthcare technology and data analytics by Atrius Health (and all of its subsidiaries) to identify cost containment opportunities and minimize delivery system inefficiencies contributing to wasteful medical expenses. It will also showcase initial results of these efforts.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to identify key health IT requirements in the implementation of successful accountable and collaborative care delivery; describe the impact of actionable analytics on the outcomes of proactive care management to fragile or chronically ill individuals; and delineate the role of data-driven technologies in evaluating provider performance and managing out of ACO utilization.

Friday, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Leveraging Humedica Clinical Intelligence and the Anceta Collaborative to Reduce Cost & Improve Population Health

John Cuddeback, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Anceta; and A.G. Breitenstein, JD, MPH, Vice President, Provider Markets, and Mary Lantin, MPH, Director of Operations, Humedica
Improving population health requires a broad analytic perspective, with a dual focus: (1) identifying potential "outliers" for timely intervention, and (2) redesigning mainstream care processes for typical patients, to reduce variation and achieve optimal outcomes while minimizing overall cost. This presentation will highlight three ways in which medical groups are using Humedica MinedShare and AMGA's Anceta Collaborative Data Warehouse to understand and improve population health. The groups  will share how they are using MinedShare in case management to improve ongoing care for patients and also optimize payment under risk-based programs such as Medicare Advantage and ACO pilots with commercial payers. The presentation will highlight how groups and others are using the Anceta collaboratives for shared learning about the practical use of these tools to drive improvement.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to explain how Anceta and Humedica enable AMGA members to under­stand variation in practice and intervene to improve quality and reduce cost. They will also be able to discuss using comparative data for evaluating clinical performance and predictive analytics for identifying high-risk patients.

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Using Telemedicine to Improve Efficiency and Patient Care

Scott Davis, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Geisinger Health System
In today's environment, healthcare organizations must continuously seek ways to deploy new technologies that help control cost while at the same time improving patient access and quality of care.  This presentation will highlight how Geisinger's Center for Telehealth is using telemedicine in the ambulatory setting to meet these and other goals.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to delineate how innovative use of telemedicine technology can be integrated into their practices and improve efficiency and patient care.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Improving Care Coordination and Patient Outcomes with Automated Population Health Tools

Ashok Rai, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Leigh Messmann, Project Director, Prevea Health
Prevea Health will showcase the impact of applying a population health management solution on organizations striving to engage patients for better quality outcomes. This presentation will include a demonstration of automated tools used by care teams to coordinate care across a patient population and discuss specific improvement outcomes resulting from the implementation and use of the population health system at the group.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to identify strategies for successful population health management; identify gaps in care and opportunities to implement care interventions and treatment plans; and apply automated tools and resources to engage patients and drive better care coordination across a patient population.

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