CCHMC Neonatal Services team. Photo by Ron Alvey (513) 292-5576.

CCHMC Neonatal Services team, photo by Ron Alvey (513) 292-5576

As we look ahead to November 8 for the annual Inspire Healthcare dinner and awards ceremony, we’re also taking time to look back and recognize our previous award winners. 

Join us in celebrating Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Newborn Hospital Neonatal Services team, winners of the 2017 Informatics Solutions Award for their custom neonatal solutions using hb/exchange!

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.

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.

Having the vision to look for a technology solution, the Newborn Hospital Neonatal Services team at CCHMC discussed the problem with The Health Collaborative and found a fit with its hb/exchange service utilizing our 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 our 2017 Informatics award winners, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Newborn Hospital Neonatal Services team, 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, population health, and diversity & inclusion. 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

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