Three years ago, Northwestern Medicine's hospital in Crystal Lake, Illinois, was paying penalties averaging $300,000 a year to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. One challenge: preventing its bundled payment patients from making a U-turn back into the hospital.
When hospitals select preferred providers, they often rely on skilled nursing facilities or home health agencies that they’ve built relationships with and trust. Providers may be friends or long-time partners. Or, they might bring in lunch or treats for hospital staff. All too often the referral flow is based on doughnuts and not data. But in a value-based care environment, data matters.
Collaboration supports Jefferson Health CEO Stephen K. Klasko’s vision of transforming Philadelphia and New Jersey regions into “model of innovation” for the rest of the country
Under a theme of “Healthcare Champions,” HIMSS 2019 called for a renewed focus on what matters most in healthcare: the patient. Prepared Health’s CEO Ashish Shah and COO Tim Coulter attended HIMSS and shared their take on the importance of family caregivers and how to stay connected with patients as care moves outside of the hospital and into the home and community.
Recent advances in healthcare interoperability, the process of freely exchanging information among electronic systems, are important but still incomplete. When you look at all of the coordination required in a patient’s journey from the hospital to home, there is a glaring omission: the home.
For the second year in a row, Erin Karam, Prepared Health’s chief technology officer, has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s top Female Health IT Leaders. Karam heads the strategic and technical direction for the company's enTouch network, leading a product team of nine, including engineering and data science. She talks about the importance of recognizing and mentoring women, and how her earlier career at IBM helped shape how she leads.
What's one of the biggest health trends for 2019? Recognizing the home as the new care setting, says Prepared Health CEO Ashish Shah. Shah was part of a group of technology leaders included in Electronic Health Reporter’s Health IT Trends for 2019. Here’s what else he had to say:
After successful partnership with its Home Care unit, the Pennsylvania-based health system adds Hospital and Life Care Centers to Prepared Health’s digital enTouch network
enTouch helps hospitals build, digitize and manage their preferred post-acute, home and community-based preferred provider networks.