Welcome to 2016’s first issue of The Vitals. We’ve been busy in this first part of the year with some exciting new advancements for interoperability in our region. For instance, we’ve expanded our interstate partnership with Indiana Health Information Exchange to share clinical data with physicians practicing at Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana. This will allow data for patients seeking care in Ohio to be shared seamlessly across state borders and ensure the right patient information is available at the right time. What makes this exciting is the fact that few regions in the country are providing the depth of data exchange and the two-way flow of information that we have accomplished here. This collaboration provides a real-world example of a bold vision for connecting healthcare not just in Greater Cincinnati, but across the nation.
In other data news, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to comment in a Bloomberg BNA piece regarding CMS’s recently proposed set of rules to allow qualified entities, such as The Health Collaborative, to offer healthcare providers and suppliers in-depth evaluations of their performance. These proposed changes can help us pay for the high cost of accessing and protecting the claims data we collect. Check out the full article on our website here.
2016 has also brought some changes to our executive leadership. Earlier this month we said “goodbye, and good luck!” to Dora Anim, SVP, Programs and Services, after 13 years of service. Dora has been an invaluable member of our team, leading a variety of quality improvement initiatives and collaborative projects all aimed at bringing the best value to our members. Happily, Dora isn’t going too far – she has accepted a new role at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation as Chief Operating Officer. Our Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Colleen O’Toole, will focus in 2016 on ensuring our member hospital systems & providers, and our business & care partners, will continue to enjoy the same outstanding level of services we’ve always provided.
Few regions in the country are providing the depth of data exchange and the two-way flow of information that we have accomplished here.
This year is off to a strong start and I’m confident that with your partnership and support, 2016 will be a year to remember as we continue to work toward the triple aim of better care, smarter healthcare spending, and healthier people.