New Member Joins The Health Collaborative Board

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christa Hyson
Sr. Manager, External Relations
(513) 247-5254

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Member Joins Award-Winning Health Collaborative Board

Election of Barbara A. Turner, CRCP, Vice Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer, Ohio National Financial Services, as a Member of The Health Collaborative Board of Directors

CINCINNATI – Barbara A. Turner, CRCP, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, Ohio National Financial Services, is the newest Member elected to The Health Collaborative Board of Directors. She was elected in late August and her term begins on October 1, 2018.

Barbara A. Turner, CRCP

Ms. Turner is a dedicated leader with a passion for community well-being. She currently sits on the Boards of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region; The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; and Go Red for Women, in addition to a deep community involvement ranging from the United Way Tocqueville Society to the ArtsWave Women’s Leadership Roundtable.

Last month, Ms. Turner, was promoted to become Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Ohio National Financial Services (ONFS). As such, she continues to be responsible for oversight and management of strategic investments in information technology systems as well as underwriting, claims and all administration.

Ms. Turner had been one of four members of the Office of the CEO of ONFS. The Office of the CEO was created in January 2017 for leadership succession planning and is responsible for providing ongoing strategic leadership and agility in guiding the organization to ensure its long-term goals are met. In January 2016, Ms. Turner was named Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. As CAO, she is responsible for an operating budget of approximately $111 million and oversees 60% of Ohio National’s employees. She was the Annuities Strategic Business Unit Leader prior to becoming the CAO.

Previously, Ms. Turner had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The O.N. Equity Sales Company (“ONESCO”), Ohio National’s retail broker-dealer. She had worked for Reynolds DeWitt Securities as Trading, Operations and Systems Manager and at Provident Bank as a Trust, Fed Funds and Repo Trader before beginning her career with ONFS in 1997.

Ms. Turner is also the recipient of the 2003 YWCA of Cincinnati Rising Star; 2006 YWCA of Cincinnati Career Women of Achievement; and 2009 Top 50 Women in Wealth Management in the country (Wealth Manager Magazine).

The Health Collaborative is energized to have Ms. Turner’s over 37 years of financial services experience provide a unique and valuable perspective on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors.

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About The Health Collaborative:

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

New Name, New Charter for Long-Standing THC Committee

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Health Council Steering Committee, a board-level committee of The Health Collaborative since long before the organization’s 2015 merge with The Greater Cincinnati Health Council and HealthBridge, has been revamped and given a new name! It’s now called The Health Collaborative Membership Committee, and its main functions are to oversee and coordinate the programs, services, and initiatives that THC provides to its members. It also helps to prioritize, and approve funding for, those activities while also reporting to the board to ensure alignment with our strategic plan and keep them informed on member news.

The membership committee is composed of 12-14 CEOs or other senior executives from dues-paying provider member organizations, as well as our CEO Craig Brammer, and is staffed by Sara Bolton, Senior Director of Programs & Services.

Ultimately, the committee affords senior executives from select member hospitals and care partners an opportunity to determine how THC utilizes their membership dues, guiding our programming to ensure we are helping to create organizational efficiencies and collectively solving issues that no single organization can do alone.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

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Minority Business Accelerator & THC Teaming Up on Healthcare Diversity

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Shannan Schmitt
Director of Communications
(513) 307-0328

Release Date: April 16, 2018
 

 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator and The Health Collaborative teaming up on healthcare diversity

A new partnership between The Health Collaborative and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator will increase supplier diversity in the healthcare sector

CINCINNATI – In a move to advance the representation of minority-owned businesses in health sector contracts, The Health Collaborative (THC) is partnering with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator (Accelerator).

The 2018 partnership was developed following the 2017 South Central Ohio Supplier Diversity Symposium, at which TriHealth’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Clement issued a call to action that included explicit goals for improving the representation of Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in regional health systems’ supplier contracts.

The call to action established goals for regional health system supplier diversity, to be achieved by 2020:

  • 40% inclusion of MBE and WBE on construction contracts (an increase over 30% currently)
  • 5% on total goods and services (an increase over less than 2% today)

“Our partnership with the Minority Business Accelerator builds on The Health Collaborative’s board commitment to enable the healthcare sector to keep pace with best practices in diversity and inclusion,” said Craig Brammer, chief executive officer at The Health Collaborative. “It will lay the important foundation for a health sector supplier diversity program focusing on leadership and regional supplier diversity goals.”

“The partnership aligns with the Accelerator goals to grow the aggregate annual revenues of its portfolio companies by an incremental $1 billion, and the creation of 3,500 new jobs over the next 4 years,” said Darrin Redus, Cincinnati Chamber vice president and leader of Cincinnati’s Minority Business Accelerator.

Supporting goals of the partnership include leveraging collective data and resources; creating a collaborative process to track supply chain diversity metrics; increasing peer-to-peer support with THC & Accelerator engagement; and strengthening MBE and WBE representation within the THC group purchasing organization for regional healthcare providers.

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About The Health Collaborative:

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit www.healthcollab.org.

About the Minority Business Accelerator:

The Minority Business Accelerator is the flagship economic development initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber focused on growing sizable minority firms. The Accelerator’s mission is to accelerate the development of sizable minority business enterprises and strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. The MBA works with regional companies to increase their utilization of and spending with local minority owned businesses by helping them identify and connect with local minority suppliers who can meet specific needs for products and services. For more information, visit www.cincinnatichamber.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Minority Business Accelerator & THC Teaming Up on Healthcare Diversity

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Shannan Schmitt
Director of Communications
(513) 307-0328

Release Date: April 16, 2018
 

 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator and The Health Collaborative teaming up on healthcare diversity

A new partnership between The Health Collaborative and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator will increase supplier diversity in the healthcare sector

CINCINNATI – In a move to advance the representation of minority-owned businesses in health sector contracts, The Health Collaborative (THC) is partnering with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator (Accelerator).
The 2018 partnership was developed following the 2017 South Central Ohio Supplier Diversity Symposium, at which TriHealth’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Clement issued a call to action that included explicit goals for improving the representation of Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in regional health systems’ supplier contracts.
The call to action established goals for regional health system supplier diversity, to be achieved by 2020:

  • 40% inclusion of MBE and WBE on construction contracts (an increase over 30% currently)
  • 5% on total goods and services (an increase over less than 2% today)

“Our partnership with the Minority Business Accelerator builds on The Health Collaborative’s board commitment to enable the healthcare sector to keep pace with best practices in diversity and inclusion,” said Craig Brammer, chief executive officer at The Health Collaborative. “It will lay the important foundation for a health sector supplier diversity program focusing on leadership and regional supplier diversity goals.”
“The partnership aligns with the Accelerator goals to grow the aggregate annual revenues of its portfolio companies by an incremental $1 billion, and the creation of 3,500 new jobs over the next 4 years,” said Darrin Redus, Cincinnati Chamber vice president and leader of Cincinnati’s Minority Business Accelerator.
Supporting goals of the partnership include leveraging collective data and resources; creating a collaborative process to track supply chain diversity metrics; increasing peer-to-peer support with THC & Accelerator engagement; and strengthening MBE and WBE representation within the THC group purchasing organization for regional healthcare providers.
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About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit www.healthcollab.org.
About the Minority Business Accelerator:
The Minority Business Accelerator is the flagship economic development initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber focused on growing sizable minority firms. The Accelerator’s mission is to accelerate the development of sizable minority business enterprises and strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. The MBA works with regional companies to increase their utilization of and spending with local minority owned businesses by helping them identify and connect with local minority suppliers who can meet specific needs for products and services. For more information, visit www.cincinnatichamber.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Celebrating THC’s Birthday: Three Became One – and Now We Turn Three!

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The Health Collaborative has a lot to celebrate lately!

Along with Reds Opening Day and the Step Up Cincinnati Challenge kickoff celebration, our organization has just turned three! Resulting from the 2015 merger of three long-standing health & healthcare nonprofits (HealthBridge, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, and The Health Collaborative), today’s THC is stronger than ever, working with our members and partners to ensure that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are “Healthy by Design.”  Click here to read a press release about the merger. Click here for news and links to local coverage of the merger.

THC staff gathered in the C-Lounge of our Elsinore Place headquarters downtown to celebrate with cake and a few words from CEO Craig Brammer.

Join us in celebrating the power of THREE!

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Celebrating THC's Birthday: Three Became One – and Now We Turn Three!

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The Health Collaborative has a lot to celebrate lately!

Along with Reds Opening Day and the Step Up Cincinnati Challenge kickoff celebration, our organization has just turned three! Resulting from the 2015 merger of three long-standing health & healthcare nonprofits (HealthBridge, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, and The Health Collaborative), today’s THC is stronger than ever, working with our members and partners to ensure that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are “Healthy by Design.”  Click here to read a press release about the merger. Click here for news and links to local coverage of the merger.
THC staff gathered in the C-Lounge of our Elsinore Place headquarters downtown to celebrate with cake and a few words from CEO Craig Brammer.

Join us in celebrating the power of THREE!

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THC Participates in SHIEC’s Patient Centered Data Home Initiative

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The Health Collaborative Participates in National Launch of SHIEC’s Patient Centered Data Home Initiative

PCDH Launch Lays Foundation for HIEs to Support Better Patient Care by Making It Possible to Deliver Patient Medical Record Alerts Across the Country

CINCINNATI (January 4, 2018) – The Health Collaborative (THC) has announced its participation in the official launch of the Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) initiative, a nationwide initiative coordinated by the health information exchange (HIE) members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). SHIEC is a collaborative representing health information exchanges (HIEs). The announcement signals that HIEs throughout the country are now actively sharing data with each other to support mobile patient populations. Connecting HIEs ensures that patients’ medical records follow them from one care setting to another regardless of where they receive care regionally, thereby improving care delivery and the patient’s experience of care.

THC participated in a pilot initiative known as the “heartland region” throughout 2016, one of three smaller production implementations created within regions to prove the concept of inter-HIE information sharing and alerting. This network of networks was designed to retrieve data broadly, without the care team knowing where the patient records reside. A patient having a heart attack in Cincinnati, who lives in Indianapolis, spends summers in Michigan, and had an emergency three years ago while on business in Tennessee, should have her complete medical record available to her Cincinnati treatment team.

THC was the recipient of a High-Impact Pilot grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to implement PCDH for the heartland pilot project. 17 HIEs participated across the three production implementations, and based on their successes, the participating HIEs have each agreed to a common, national agreement for participation, which set the stage for connecting the implementations and rolling out the full-scale, national implementation.

The heartland region connects the following HIEs: The Health Collaborative (THC) in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky; Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) in Indiana; HealthLINC in Bloomington, Indiana; Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) and Michigan Health Information Network (MHIN) in Michigan; Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) in Kentucky; and East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) in eastern Tennessee. The heartland region is currently working to connect to other PCDH pilot sites across the country in the southern and western parts of the country.

“We are proud to be counted among a larger network of technology innovators who strive to advance the exchange of health information,” said Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative. “It was the foresight of our local health systems leaders some 15 years ago that led us to this place, where we are viewed as leaders in collaborative digital health solutions.”

What is PCDH?

At its core, PCDH is an inter-HIE notification and data sharing system that allows a patient’s records to follow them wherever they seek care. Because patients are unrestricted by geographic boundaries when they seek care, it is common for a person to be treated by a doctor, clinic or hospital a distance from where they live. Frequently the “away” treatment facility is not a part of the same HIE in which the patient’s “home” doctors participate. As a result, there is a higher risk that the clinician treating them will not have access to the patient’s full medical records to support diagnoses and treatment plans.

To more quickly alert the treating physician that there are medical records available for access from the patient’s doctors at home, and to provide a specific query location to retrieve those records, HIEs worked together to create the technical ability for HIEs to automatically notify each other regarding the existence of a patient’s medical records and to synchronize the patient’s identity among the HIE systems.

The mechanism that makes this work is very straightforward. When a patient presents at a medical facility away from home, that facility will generate an Admission, Discharge, Transfer (ADT) message. This message includes demographics about the patient; information such as the patient’s name, the patient’s location in the hospital, his or her address, phone number, gender, etc. By including ZIP Code information in the ADT, PCDH can automatically detect when a patient is being treated within a ZIP code outside of their normal home area.

When these events occur, the “away” HIE alerts the HIE in the patient’s home area, and that home HIE, known as the patient’s “data home,” automatically lets the treating HIE know they have records for the patient so the treating HIE can generate a query to access those records. Once the treatment encounter concludes, PCDH also makes it possible for the “away” HIE to alert the patient’s home HIE that there are new records for their patient that the home HIE providers can access in order to better care for the patient on an ongoing basis. This new capability makes it possible for a patient’s comprehensive medical history to follow them wherever they seek treatment.

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About The Health Collaborative
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

About SHIEC
SHIEC is the national collaborative of health information exchanges (HIEs) and strategic business and technology partners. As the unbiased data trustees in their communities, the 60 member HIE organizations manage and provide for the secure digital exchange of data by medical, behavioral, and social service providers to improve the health of the communities they serve. Collectively, SHIEC members serve almost 75 percent of the U.S. population. For more information about SHIEC, contact info@strategichie.com and follow us on Twitter at @SHIEClive.

Contacts
Shannan Schmitt
Director of Communications
The Health Collaborative
(513) 307-0328
sschmitt@healthcollab.org

Ivy Eckerman
Spire Communications
(540) 373-2963
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THC Participates in SHIEC's Patient Centered Data Home Initiative

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The Health Collaborative Participates in National Launch of SHIEC’s Patient Centered Data Home Initiative

PCDH Launch Lays Foundation for HIEs to Support Better Patient Care by Making It Possible to Deliver Patient Medical Record Alerts Across the Country
CINCINNATI (January 4, 2018) – The Health Collaborative (THC) has announced its participation in the official launch of the Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) initiative, a nationwide initiative coordinated by the health information exchange (HIE) members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). SHIEC is a collaborative representing health information exchanges (HIEs). The announcement signals that HIEs throughout the country are now actively sharing data with each other to support mobile patient populations. Connecting HIEs ensures that patients’ medical records follow them from one care setting to another regardless of where they receive care regionally, thereby improving care delivery and the patient’s experience of care.
THC participated in a pilot initiative known as the “heartland region” throughout 2016, one of three smaller production implementations created within regions to prove the concept of inter-HIE information sharing and alerting. This network of networks was designed to retrieve data broadly, without the care team knowing where the patient records reside. A patient having a heart attack in Cincinnati, who lives in Indianapolis, spends summers in Michigan, and had an emergency three years ago while on business in Tennessee, should have her complete medical record available to her Cincinnati treatment team.
THC was the recipient of a High-Impact Pilot grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to implement PCDH for the heartland pilot project. 17 HIEs participated across the three production implementations, and based on their successes, the participating HIEs have each agreed to a common, national agreement for participation, which set the stage for connecting the implementations and rolling out the full-scale, national implementation.
The heartland region connects the following HIEs: The Health Collaborative (THC) in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky; Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) in Indiana; HealthLINC in Bloomington, Indiana; Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) and Michigan Health Information Network (MHIN) in Michigan; Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) in Kentucky; and East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) in eastern Tennessee. The heartland region is currently working to connect to other PCDH pilot sites across the country in the southern and western parts of the country.
“We are proud to be counted among a larger network of technology innovators who strive to advance the exchange of health information,” said Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative. “It was the foresight of our local health systems leaders some 15 years ago that led us to this place, where we are viewed as leaders in collaborative digital health solutions.”
What is PCDH?
At its core, PCDH is an inter-HIE notification and data sharing system that allows a patient’s records to follow them wherever they seek care. Because patients are unrestricted by geographic boundaries when they seek care, it is common for a person to be treated by a doctor, clinic or hospital a distance from where they live. Frequently the “away” treatment facility is not a part of the same HIE in which the patient’s “home” doctors participate. As a result, there is a higher risk that the clinician treating them will not have access to the patient’s full medical records to support diagnoses and treatment plans.
To more quickly alert the treating physician that there are medical records available for access from the patient’s doctors at home, and to provide a specific query location to retrieve those records, HIEs worked together to create the technical ability for HIEs to automatically notify each other regarding the existence of a patient’s medical records and to synchronize the patient’s identity among the HIE systems.
The mechanism that makes this work is very straightforward. When a patient presents at a medical facility away from home, that facility will generate an Admission, Discharge, Transfer (ADT) message. This message includes demographics about the patient; information such as the patient’s name, the patient’s location in the hospital, his or her address, phone number, gender, etc. By including ZIP Code information in the ADT, PCDH can automatically detect when a patient is being treated within a ZIP code outside of their normal home area.
When these events occur, the “away” HIE alerts the HIE in the patient’s home area, and that home HIE, known as the patient’s “data home,” automatically lets the treating HIE know they have records for the patient so the treating HIE can generate a query to access those records. Once the treatment encounter concludes, PCDH also makes it possible for the “away” HIE to alert the patient’s home HIE that there are new records for their patient that the home HIE providers can access in order to better care for the patient on an ongoing basis. This new capability makes it possible for a patient’s comprehensive medical history to follow them wherever they seek treatment.
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About The Health Collaborative
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.
About SHIEC
SHIEC is the national collaborative of health information exchanges (HIEs) and strategic business and technology partners. As the unbiased data trustees in their communities, the 60 member HIE organizations manage and provide for the secure digital exchange of data by medical, behavioral, and social service providers to improve the health of the communities they serve. Collectively, SHIEC members serve almost 75 percent of the U.S. population. For more information about SHIEC, contact info@strategichie.com and follow us on Twitter at @SHIEClive.
Contacts
Shannan Schmitt
Director of Communications
The Health Collaborative
(513) 307-0328
sschmitt@healthcollab.org
Ivy Eckerman
Spire Communications
(540) 373-2963
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Case Study: Better Workflow for Mercy Health Physicians with hb/messaging

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The Health Collaborative’s hb/messaging service line ensures that a patient’s clinical information around lab results, admissions, and other medical events makes it into the hands of their healthcare provider in real time. It replaced our service formerly known as Clinical Messaging in 2016.

Clinical Messaging was useful, but less-than-ideal: customers had to log into three different portals, Internet Explorer was the only browser option, and a provider could only search by patient name. With hb/messaging, users can now search by patient name, provider name, date, the test name, patient class, etc., the view is completely customizable, and it’s compatible with any browser that is desired.

This service is essentially an email inbox. Lab results are routed in real time to the inbox based on provider. There can be as few as one or two doctors, or as many as 50+ doctors, associated with one hb/messaging portal. Even large health systems like Mercy Health utilize hb/messaging to manage their results! Let’s take a look at how one physician’s office makes hb/messaging work for them.

A better experience of care – for both patients and providers

Barb Craven is an MA at Mercy Health Physicians – Kenwood Internal Medicine, just northeast of downtown Cincinnati. Each day, she meets with Dr. Philip Glassman for a morning check-in on patients, and together they go through a high-level overview of patient priorities, overnight developments, and other items, in order to plan and frame up their day.

With hb/messaging seamlessly integrated into their workflow, Craven and Dr. Glassman can be sure not to miss a thing: Emergency Department (ED) visits, lab results, hospital readmissions, and more are right at their fingertips, seamlessly integrated into their existing software.

“Since we began implementing hb/messaging 11 months ago, I’ve noticed a marked improvement in day-to-day operations and efficiency,” Craven told us. “Each morning after Dr. Glassman and I meet, I’m able to go over any priority patient events and ED admissions with key staff that may occurred over the last 24 hours; information which previously might have taken days to come to us (or not at all).”

Craven shared that many of Dr. Glassman’s patients come from outside the immediate Kenwood area for office visits, so they sometimes wind up in other providers’ offices when unexpected health events arise. “Since our patients don’t always live in the immediate area of our office, it’s important to know right away when they seek care closer to home so we can determine the best strategies for care coordination, follow-up, and self-care planning with the patient, thereby avoiding future trips to the ED.”

When patients’ clinical information arrives quickly and conveniently with hb/messaging, care providers like Dr. Glassman and Barb Craven can spend more time with patients, and the patient can enjoy a better experience of care. At The Health Collaborative, we’re striving to make this the norm – we like to think of it as “better health by design.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

We Have HIE Hopes for Healthcare!

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What is an HIE?

It seems like a no-brainer in the age of instant messaging and smart phones, but electronic health records don’t always follow their patients from one source of care to another. It’s an enormous set of complex challenges to build an IT infrastructure that works seamlessly across often-fragmented systems – challenges that can take a lot of time and investment to address. And it’s not just a technology issue; poor health outcomes and limited access to appropriate care are pervasive problems with equally-elusive answers for many communities, including our own here in Greater Cincinnati.

At The Health Collaborative, we believe no matter where you seek care, you and your provider should have access to the right information, at the right time, in order to make the best-informed decisions about your health. We’re part of a growing number of health information exchanges (HIEs) across the country who are working to make that a reality, where and when it matters most.

Empowered decision-making, powered by hb/suite
The Health Collaborative’s hb/suite of services is like a toolbox for healthcare providers to connect with the information they need. From expedited lab results, to electronic messaging, to real-time notifications when a patient is admitted to the emergency room, our virtual private networks ensure the safe, secure delivery of protected health records directly into the hands of care providers. Our master patient index encompasses millions of lives, 4.2 million to be exact, and we’re even currently working on a pilot program to connect with six other HIEs across the eastern half of the US. That means whether you have a sinus infection from your Cincinnati seasonal allergies, or you broke your leg while waterskiing on Lake Michigan, your patient records will follow you straight into the doctor’s office. We think that’s pretty cool (the records, not the broken leg)!

We didn’t just come up with the idea along with a bunch of our IT friends though; the US Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology (ONC), as part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has outlined a 10-year vision for achieving what’s known as interoperability. Connecting electronic health information among a broad spectrum of healthcare providers and services nationwide means the Triple Aim of healthier people, better care, and lower costs starts to become a reality. Individuals are empowered, treatments are more customized, and unnecessary care becomes a thing of the past.

The Health Collaborative’s vision is that Greater Cincinnati is healthy by design and everyone is connected to quality, affordable healthcare. Together with our members and partner organizations, our HIE hopes for the region are being made reality – one connection, one patient record, and one doctor’s office at a time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How a Cincinnati Healthcare System Increased Engagement Like a Startup

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How a Cincinnati healthcare system increased employee engagement by innovating like a startup:

The five steps that led to their success

Employee engagement is becoming increasingly difficult given the internal and external demands for each employee’s time – yes, life is busy. It is also increasingly difficult to navigate the internal waters to get IT, leadership, and human resources to adopt new technology and techniques. Learn how to lead your team internally to innovate and accept change.  

Join us on October 26 at 11:30 am, as The Health Collaborative kicks off its Innovation Series!

REGISTER: Click here or anywhere on the image above to access the EventBrite registration page.

COST: $25 general admission; FREE for members of The Health Collaborative; students get 50% off 

(Contact Shannan Schmitt, Communications & Development Director, for discount codes: sschmitt@healthcollab.org. Not sure if you’re a member? Contact Sharon Trainer, Member Services and Program Coordinator, at strainer@healthcollab.org.)

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October 26: How a Cincinnati Healthcare System Increased Employee Engagement by Innovating like a Startup

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How a Cincinnati healthcare system increased employee engagement by innovating like a startup:

The five steps that led to their success

Employee engagement is becoming increasingly difficult given the internal and external demands for each employee’s time – yes, life is busy. It is also increasingly difficult to navigate the internal waters to get IT, leadership, and human resources to adopt new technology and techniques. Learn how to lead your team internally to innovate and accept change.  
Join us on October 26 at 11:30 am, as The Health Collaborative kicks off its Innovation Series!

REGISTER: Click here or anywhere on the image above to access the EventBrite registration page.

COST: $25 general admission; FREE for members of The Health Collaborative; students get 50% off 
(Contact Shannan Schmitt, Communications & Development Director, for discount codes: sschmitt@healthcollab.org. Not sure if you’re a member? Contact Sharon Trainer, Member Services and Program Coordinator, at strainer@healthcollab.org.)
Presented by The Health Collaborative Innovation Series and sponsored by Cerkl & Xavier University’s Center for Innovation[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

SEE PHOTOS: Inspire | Healthcare Award Finalists’ Breakfast – Sept. 19

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On Tuesday morning, September 19, we packed the Learning Center at our Elsinore Place headquarters with 90 of our favorite people! The 2017 Inspire | Healthcare Award Finalists were honored with breakfast, recognition, and keepsake finalist certificates in the lead-up to our big event on November 1.  We hope to see you all at The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati  for Inspire | Healthcare!

Click the photo gallery below to view photos from the breakfast:

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See Photos: Accountable Health Communities Kickoff Meeting, June 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Health Collaborative, in partnership with the United Way, is one of twenty organizations across the country to recently be named an Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Bridge Organization by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Representatives from more than 60 partner organizations attended the kickoff meeting last week in The Health Collaborative’s Learning Center.

AHC is the first federal effort designed to address the barriers to health for individuals facing inadequate or unsafe housing, domestic violence, hunger, and other socioeconomic determinants. Through AHC, 75,000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in our region will be screened and provided navigation support to help with these challenges.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Our role as a Bridge Organization will be to provide a technical solution for this process, and to convene community stakeholders and partners in an advisory capacity to identify gaps and connect participants to community resources.[/vc_column_text][mk_gallery images=”34500,34489,34493,34487,34491,34490,34499,34485,34486,34495,34496,34492,34498,34488,34497″ style=”thumb” thumb_style_width=”800″ item_id=”1497904169-59483429c1911″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber President and CEO Jill Meyer Joins The Health Collaborative Board of Directors

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]MEDIA CONTACT:
Shannan Schmitt
Director of Communications
(513) 307-0328                                                                                                                                                                                                            Release Date: May 2, 2017[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34182″ img_size=”200×300″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]CINCINNATI – The Health Collaborative is pleased to announce the election of its newest board member this spring: Jill P. Meyer, President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Meyer brings a wealth of experience and regional influence to the group, and her vision for the Chamber – to harness the power of all that Greater Cincinnati has to offer its business community – translates well into her leadership role on our board to drive progress toward the triple aim: healthier people, better care, and lower costs for all in Greater Cincinnati.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Health Collaborative acts as a neutral convener of those interested in health and healthcare, and is dedicated to fostering dialogue between the healthcare sector and the region’s employer community. Our board is typically composed of 20 to 25 regional leaders with balanced representation from three stakeholder groups:  businesses/health plans; health systems and other providers; and community organizations and consumers. Meyer’s initial term runs through December 31, 2017.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meyer is a long-time advocate and servant for regional improvement interests. Prior to joining the Chamber, Meyer was an attorney at Cincinnati-based law firm Frost Brown Todd, where she practiced law for twenty years; and where, for her last six years, she served as Member-in-Charge of the law firm’s Cincinnati office. She led the firm’s business development, client relations, and civic and charitable initiatives in the Cincinnati market.

Meyer joins an impressive group of regional leaders committed to improving health and healthcare in the tristate region. The roster includes leadership from the six major area health systems, as well as representation from independent physicians, the business and entrepreneurial community, health insurance companies, and public health agencies. The Business Courier recognized The Health Collaborative board of directors in the fall of 2016 for its leadership of health and healthcare improvement initiatives across the region.

The connection between healthier people and a stronger, more robust workforce is a key aspect of Meyer’s approach to her work with The Health Collaborative. “With uncertainty about what’s ahead for healthcare, the Chamber and our members are paying close attention to both costs as well as the impact of healthier lifestyles on their 300,000 employees,” she shared.

Meyer continued, “[At the Chamber] we’re focused on the expansion of regional transit, not only to connect more people to work, but also to connect everyone in our region to the quality healthcare they need. I’m eager to serve The Health Collaborative, a thoughtful body of leaders inviting new ideas and making them happen to continue building a community we’re all proud to call home.”

Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative, is enthusiastic about welcoming Meyer to the board. “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Our board and staff are always working to ensure that opportunities exist for employers to connect with the health systems that serve their employees,” he said. “Jill’s experience and connections will prove to be invaluable as we bring together stakeholders to collectively address the triple aim, and boldly lead our region to embrace a culture of health.”

In addition to The Health Collaborative, Meyer also serves on the boards of 3CDC, CincyTech, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., REDI Cincinnati, UC Economics Center, and the YWCA. She earned her B.A. at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati and her J.D. at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, both magna cum laude.

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 About The Health Collaborative:

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit www.healthcollab.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Open Mic Open House at THC Tops the Charts

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Mic Check… Check one, two. Check, check… Some of the best and brightest musicians the Cincinnati healthcare scene has to offer? Check!

On February 22, The Health Collaborative opened the doors to its new headquarters at 615 Elsinore Place to welcome 150 of our closest friends and stakeholders, raise a toast to new beginnings, and jam out with a few musically gifted friends working in the local healthcare space.

Taking the C-Lounge stage in “The Health Collaborative Unplugged” were:

  • Ben Walz: Business Development Manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (benwalz.com)
  • Chris Mattingly: Founder, Advanced Practices Group
  • John P. Scott: Program Manager – Community Relations, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Our own CEO, Craig Brammer: performing with Nick Tuttle, Guitar Instructor at Nicolas Tuttle Guitar Studio

Tours were conducted by THC staff every 15 minutes, allowing a “backstage pass” to explore the region’s new hub for health and healthcare innovation. The Open House also officially kicked off the opening of the headquarters as conference and meeting space available to our mission-aligned partners.

Check out the photo gallery below for a peek at the fun, festivities, and chic accommodations. For more information on reserving conference and meeting space, click here or contact Emily Kimball, Administrative Assistant and Meeting Space Coordinator, at 513.618.3600.[/vc_column_text][mk_padding_divider size=”30″][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”33699,33721,33722,33720,33719,33718,33717,33716,33711,33715,33714,33713,33705,33712,33710,33709,33708,33707,33706,33701,33704,33703,33702,33700″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

February 22: Join us for THC Unplugged

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February 22: Join us for The Health Collaborative Unplugged

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THC Hosts Hoxworth Blood Drive at New Location

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Health Collaborative (THC) team together with our new neighbors at 615 Elsinore rolled up their sleeves on Thursday to donate blood.

For the past seven years, THC has partnered with Hoxworth Blood Center to support and celebrate blood drive coordinators and donation centers of excellence at the annual Hoxworth Awards ceremony and most recently with the Inspire Healthcare Awards. This year, THC staff wanted to do more to promote the importance of regional blood donation. So, we organized our first onsite blood drive.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”33310″ img_size=”250×150″ alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In just a few short hours on January 19, 2017, Hoxworth collected 24 units (including one platelet donor) from our building, which will potentially save up to 72 lives. Fifteen of these units were donated by THC staff.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Blood donation is critical toward maintaining an adequate blood supply for good patient care in hospital and trauma care settings. Red blood cells transport oxygen to the body’s tissues and are transfused to address a variety of issues, such as anemia resulting from kidney failure, chemotherapy regimens, gastrointestinal bleeding, or blood loss due to trauma or surgery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”33309″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]According to the University of Cincinnati’s Hoxworth Blood Center, 300 blood donors and 25 platelet donors are needed every day to help save lives in the Greater Cincinnati region. In order to meet the demand of the 31 area hospitals it serves, Hoxworth works with donors of all blood types and walks of life to ensure an adequate blood and blood component supply.

Kate Haralson, Quality Improvement Manager at THC and staff coordinator of the drive, shared her thoughts on the significance of the drive: “At The Health Collaborative, we talk a lot about supporting community and promoting healthy behaviors. I think it’s important we walk the walk.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cara Nicholas, Assistant Public Information Officer at Hoxworth, said blood drives are particularly critical in the winter. “This time of year, we typically experience a decrease in blood donations,” she said. “January and other winter months are a challenging time for us, as adverse weather conditions, flu season, and busy post-holiday schedules can interfere with normal collection operations. The need for blood never stops—we still have to collect 300 units of red cells and 25 units of platelets a day to meet the demand of the 31 hospitals we serve in the tristate area. Donors can get busy with work, holidays, etc. but patients never get to ‘take a break’ from their illnesses, and we need to have blood on the shelf for them.”

There are several donation options available for donors to choose from: they can give whole blood, which is then taken to a lab for separation into red blood cells, plasma, or platelets; or they can opt for an automated procedure in which a machine separates the components at the point of donation and collects only what is desired. For example, in a platelet donation, the machine collects platelets while returning the red cells and most of the plasma back to the donor. This can result in one or several transfusable units, while it takes about four to six whole blood donations to constitute a single transfusable unit of platelets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Platelet transfusions (necessary for clotting) are an element of cancer and organ transplant treatments, and demand is growing. Many surgical procedures depend on platelets as they help prevent massive blood loss. Platelet donation takes a little longer than a whole blood donation, but uses a smaller needle.

One platelet donor, Kelly Aardema, Quality Improvement Coordinator, said her experience was positive. “I can’t think of an easier or more valuable act of service and I strongly encourage others to consider donating platelets, especially after learning that they must be used within five days of donation, so new donors are needed every day,” she said.

THC staff donated nourishing snacks and kept donors comfortable during their time in the chair. As Haralson remarked to staff, “This is such a huge gift to our community, giving of our time and ourselves, and contributes directly to our member hospitals and work with Hoxworth.” Plans are in the works to make the blood drive an annual event at THC.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”33338″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hoxworth’s Cara Nicholas said this is a particularly great time to get involved. “We rely on the generosity of our volunteer blood donors to provide area patients with lifesaving blood products. January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and we’ve been asking all eligible donors to make a donation and help us maintain a stable blood supply during these winter months. We are extremely grateful for every single donor who takes the time to roll up their sleeve and save a life.”

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Expedited Records Process Developed for Regional County Coroners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Access to electronic medical records is critical to gaining a complete understanding of a patient’s medical history, even after they have passed. And while Ohio law states that “…[A] coroner, deputy coroner, or representative… may request, in writing, to inspect and receive a copy of [a] deceased person’s medical and psychiatric records,” the process for requesting and obtaining medical records has proven to be onerous and burdensome for local coroner’s offices.

The records, often only available as physical paper files, need to be copied and transported to the coroner’s office which can be expensive and time-consuming, while also potentially leading to problems such as loss and human error. In addition, coroner’s offices may make several records requests to multiple hospitals and systems each day, sometimes resulting in duplicative transport costs and producing more chances for error each time a request is made.

Andrea Hatten, Chief Administrator for the Hamilton County Coroner, describes this process as particularly time-intensive.

“The former process by which we requested and received medical records was very arduous, time consuming, and not least of all, environmentally unfriendly,” Hatten observed. “Our investigative staff would spend time driving around the county to retrieve medical records only to return to the office with volumes of paper that would need to be reviewed page by page.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]That’s where The Health Collaborative (THC) and Epic software come in, with a technology solution specifically tailored to address the inefficiency and risks of the current process and provide a sustainable solution.

Epic is an Electronic Health Record (EHR) software system used by the six largest of Greater Cincinnati’s regional hospital systems and many of their employed physician practices, as well as a few independent healthcare providers. The Health Collaborative’s Regional Epic Services provide a platform of programs that allow hospitals across Greater Cincinnati & Dayton to work together to optimize the use of Epic regionally. The partnership enables these organizations to analyze Epic-enabled clinical and business processes, address deficiencies and define efficiencies, establish community standards and strategies, and implement them across systems. Members gather periodically to exchange best practices and provide education through user group meetings and workshops.

For this project, THC worked with providers to design a process to allow coroner’s offices access to specific patient records. With special programming, the newly-implemented system now allows approved and trained personnel from local coroner’s offices to access deceased patients’ electronic medical records through special access to only that segment of the Epic record. These are the same patient records that were previously provided, most often, as a printed paper record.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_blockquote align=”center”]

“This process is a great example of working smarter and not harder, and with an ever-increasing caseload, that is exactly what we needed.”

– Andrea Hatten,

Chief Administrator

Hamilton County Coroner

[/mk_blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hatten says The Health Collaborative helped facilitate this needed change, supporting regional efforts from start to finish.

The guidance and support from The Health Collaborative made this all possible. Susan White [Director, Regional Epic Services,] provided contact information to me for the various hospitals, prefaced my communications with those very contacts and then followed up with me on many occasions to check the progress of my communications,” Hatten said. These services were also provided to the Butler County Coroner’s Office, with similar reports of satisfaction as a result.

In some cases custom solutions needed to be developed in order to meet the needs of both hospital systems and coroner staff. For one hospital in particular, the solution was to ensure that each coroner’s workstation meets Epic hardware standards and to have software installed that allows access to the so-called Epic Production System. When a coroner user logs in, they are automatically directed to the “In Basket” (Epic’s internal email) screen. While they are not able to navigate freely within Epic, they can access assigned patient records through a link contained in an In Basket message. These patient links are assigned to them by medical records personnel or selected floor nurses at the patient’s point of care.

In addition to efficiency, safety protocols have been implemented to ensure security and appropriate access to a given decedent’s records, such as a 30-day access expiration on each assigned patient account, and using demographic patient identifiers to access the record.

The results of these changes are far-reaching for both coroner’s offices and healthcare providers at hospitals.

Hatten continued, “This new process allows us to electronically access the exact records we need, secure them electronically, and then refocus our efforts on the other facets of death investigation. Simply put, we are more efficient with our time and resources. This process is a great example of working smarter and not harder, and with an ever-increasing caseload, that is exactly what we needed.”

It’s one more way The Health Collaborative is helping to make the healthcare Triple Aim of healthier people, better care, and lower costs a reality for all in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]