2016 Informatics Solutions Award Winner: Independent Physicians Collaborative

On November 1 we’ll be celebrating at downtown Cincinnati’s Renaissance Hotel with several hundred of our members, partners, and friends – and we need your help to make it the best year yet.

The annual Inspire | Healthcare event celebrates and recognizes the innovators and change-makers that are inspiring better health, better care, and lower costs across our region with several award categories: the Gen-H Award, the Richard M. Smith MD Leadership in Quality Improvement Award, and the Informatics Solutions Award. The Health Collaborative is currently accepting nominations for each of these awards.

The Informatics Solutions Award recognizes those who are finding innovative ways to problem-solve through use of our hb/suite of services. It celebrates the individual, team, or organization implementing a health data solution to enhance and improve patient care, using the HealthBridge suite of technology services. Whether by streamlining data collection methods, implementing uniform standards of health information exchange, or reducing the records burden on patients, the hb/suite can be considered a “toolkit” of innovation potential.

Do you know of an informatics innovator who deserves recognition from the Greater Cincinnati region’s healthcare community? Nominate a co-worker, colleague, or friend today. See the criteria for the Informatics Solutions Award below, and visit healthcollab.org/inspire to read more and submit your nominations.

All award finalists receive two complimentary tickets to both the awards finalist breakfast on September 19 AND the Inspire | Healthcare event on November 1, and are featured in the 2017 Cincinnati Magazine “Top Docs” issue hitting newsstands in December. In order to be considered a finalist, they must have demonstrated measurable improvements in the Triple Aim areas of healthier people, better care, and smarter spending, and must be organizational members or customers of The Health Collaborative. The deadline to submit nominations is July 28, 2017. Deadline extended to August 4!

Finding a Better Flow – of Information

The Independent Physicians Collaborative (IPC) were honored with the Informatics Solutions Award in 2016 for their work in improving the flow of information between health-system-affiliated physicians and independent practices. Recognizing the diverse healthcare environment in Cincinnati, and the advances in healthcare technology, Executive Director Glen Prasser and the IPC team adopted an organizational initiative focused on driving innovative and uniform technology utilization within IPC practices. By the collaborative adoption of emerging technologies within IPC practices, their patients now receive the highest-possible continuity of care between treating physicians.

IPC member practices utilize a diverse mix of healthcare information systems (PM/EHR systems) and the vast majority of primary care providers in the Greater Cincinnati area utilize Epic within their respective health systems. Recognizing a gap in communication between these disparate systems, IPC developed a strategy to increase the secure information exchange between health system physicians and IPC physicians.

IPC accepts the Informatics Solutions Award from Verinovum's Mike Noshay (2nd from R) in 2016

“Independent practices coordinating to increase truly collaborative care between all area physicians regardless of organizational, technology, or political boundaries embodies what true innovative patient care can look like,” commented nominator Nick Recker, President of PathForward, on IPC’s non-traditional approach to care coordination.

 An impressive group of 2016 finalists

As impressive as its work was, IPC was up against some formidable competition in the other finalists for the 2016 Informatics Solutions Award.

UC Health’s Jay Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and Megan Sullivan, Director of Quality Improvement, partnered with The Health Collaborative to develop and implement a new service to provide clinical data to health plans, in order to better measure the plans’ effectiveness via HEDIS measures. UC Health brought in a unique combination of internal constituents, from IT to Quality to Payment, for a genuinely collaborative effort that maximized efficiency.

Pamela Morris, President and CEO of CareSource Management Group used hb/analytics to lead CareSource toward improved HEDIS scores, reaching “stretch” goals to improve outcomes for those patients with the highest need. With actionable analytics, CareSource providers are better able to identify those most at-risk, enroll them into care management programs, and ensure that patients get the right care at the right time, all while bringing two worlds – insurance carrier and provider practice – together to move the needle on patient outcomes.

Click here to read an article about the 2016 Informatics Solutions Award finalists.

Congratulations to 2016 finalists and winners, and best of luck to 2017 nominees! For questions or more information, please contact Amy Goetz, Communications Coordinator and Inspire awards manager, at agoetz@healthcollab.org.