Smart Ribbon data aggregator boosts cost savings at Texas health system | Yuri A. Campbell comments on making data accessible for providers | Expert: Frameworks present a starting point for complete data security
Since its system-wide rollout last April 3, the IllumiCare Smart Ribbon data aggregator has helped the Houston Methodist Sugar Land health system in Texas to increase cost savings to about $717,000 and achieve an average of $105 in cost reduction per admission. The Smart Ribbon also improved providers' clinical efficiencies by presenting all required data in one place and even features a Controlled Substances app that provides' patients' PDMP data to align with the system's opioid management efforts.
Yuri A. Campbell comments on making data accessible for providers
Yuri A. Campbell, FCHIME, FACHE, SHIMSS, Health IT Strategist, US Army
We must measure that which we endeavor to manage to ensure we are moving in the desired direction of our outcome goals. With a national-level impetus leaning to moving from a volume to a value-based care approach, physicians are now being required to manage the costs associated with the care they provide. The innovative efforts of this Texas-based system have yielded additional benefits beyond price transparency in their efforts to help get the right metrics in front of their care providers. They have discovered that the tool they used that put cost and risk information in one work environment avoids swivel chair documentation and searching and ends up reducing the administrative burden of the professional clinical staff. These are second order impacts not immediately thought of, but nevertheless, are beneficial to the organization.
So, the immediate next thought of any rational chief information officer should be: How can I realize equivalent or better results for the system that I serve? The first mover advantage of helping to find clinical efficiencies are worth exploring. Partnering with our clinical associates in our respective organizations increases our perceived value and helps to ensure a solid legacy for those of us seeking to make an impact where we work.
Health care CIOs can greatly enhance their data security capabilities by adhering to a framework, such as NIST, says Ian Amit, chief security officer of Cimpress. He warns, however, that frameworks only offer a starting point for a health care organization's specific operation and must be expanded on beyond HIPAA compliance for an organization to effectively manage risks. He recommends pairing frameworks with the Factor Analysis of Information Risk standard.
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