Cincinnati Children’s Applies hb/suite Technology to Innovate Neonatology Workflow

CCHMC Newborn Hospital team

CCHMC Newborn Hospital team

During a high-risk birth, the presence of a neonatologist provides the time critical, specialized care needed to minimize complications or even save a life. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) serves as a resource to assure neonatologists are available to assist at these births at many different labor and delivery hospitals throughout the region,

Lost in the shuffle
Keeping track of these deliveries involved a flow of paperwork between the physician or provider, the hospital, and CCHMC. Not surprisingly, it became common for some (or all) of the paperwork to become delayed, misplaced, or to contain incomplete information. This often made billing and patient follow-up difficult at best.

A vision for better workflow
Having the vision to look for a technology solution, CCHMC discussed the problem with The Health Collaborative and found a fit with its hb/exchange service, utilizing its master patient index (MPI). The  Health Collaborative’s MPI utilizes complex algorithms to properly identify both patients and providers, and is the foundation of this solution. The Health Collaborative has the capacity to locate episodes of care provided by the CCHMC neonatologists – no matter where the care has occurred – across the region. This allows CCHMC to gather the data necessary to ensure an efficient workflow of communication to the patient. The reliable capture of data has greatly improved accuracy and made a positive impact to the bottom line of CHHMC.

Meet the CCHMC team

  • Tricia Duty, Application Coordinator II, Information Services
  • Wayne Geers, Lead Software Developer, Information Services
  • Robert Huddle, Business Manager, Perinatal Institute Administration
  • Steve Metz, Lead Software Developer, Information Services
  • Matthew Powell, EMR Analyst, Information Services
  • Mike Saxion, Sr Director, Information Services
  • Karen Sparling, Assistant Vice President, Perinatal Institute Administration
  • Nicole Slonaker, Senior Quality Analyst

Please join The Health Collaborative in congratulating Informatics award finalist Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for its innovative use of data tools to capture revenue and patient information that could otherwise be lost in the paperwork.

About Inspire | Healthcare:
Inspire | Healthcare is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s premier annual healthcare event and awards celebration. The awards seek to recognize innovations by individuals, teams, and/or organizations in the areas of informatics, quality improvement, and population health. Other awards given annually include the Inspire Champion Award and the Hoxworth Blood Drive Awards, with separate nomination and judging processes. For more information about Inspire | Healthcare, visit healthcollab.org/inspire.

About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative strives to lead data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Based in Cincinnati, we work with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

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