Going Beyond Your EHR: Understand the Specific Tools Needed for More Effective Population Health Management
Population health management (PHM) requires both human interventions and effective, interoperable health information technology (HIT) tools. HIT tools are imperative to house the data and perform the analytic tasks necessary for efficient PHM. HIT tools are also necessary to identify and stratify patient groups, generate alerts or messages that communicate with providers and patients, and perform follow-up metrics to analyze progress (see Figure 1). Interoperability among HIT tools is vital to promote data sharing across healthcare organizations (HCOs), allowing for analytics on a broader scale.
Today’s healthcare system is focused on care across the entire care continuum, including efforts to engage patients in care decisions, with the goal of proactively improving the health of the entire patient population. Population health management (PHM) programs are used to identify and improve the health of specific groups of patients. Using PHM, healthcare organizations (HCOs) can identify and understand their specific members’ diagnoses and needs, make appropriate interventions, and measure the effectiveness of outcomes.
Orchard’s white paper, Total Cost of Ownership for a Laboratory Information System, discusses TCO throughout the lifetime of the LIS. In addition, other commonly used financial tools such as payback analysis, net present value, and economic feasibility are introduced. As part of the TCO determination, you need an understanding of the basic types of both tangible and intangible costs and to be familiar with economic feasibility and cost/benefit analysis.
Slowly, but surely, efforts being made by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation’s, Choosing Wisely campaign are taking hold, making measurable progress in improving laboratory/medical procedure utilization through education about evidence-based recommendations. The program’s intent is to promote conversations between patients and physicians about the best care plans that eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.
Orchard’s white paper, Total Cost of Ownership for a Laboratory Information System, discusses Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) throughout the lifetime of the LIS, including startup, operational, and retirement costs. In addition, considerations such as hosting your LIS and comparing an enterprise-wide solution (EWS) to a Best-of-Breed (BoB) solution are addressed. TCO involves some costs that are easy to quantitate and others that will be estimates. There are many different scenarios of laboratory IT setup, such as cloud-hosted systems or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) arrangements. Or, the LIS may be a portion of an enterprise-wide EHR solution. These factors will influence a true TCO analysis.
Considering a New Laboratory Information System Investment? Read Orchard Software's White Paper Overview of the Total Cost of Ownership for an LIS
In today’s evolving healthcare market, it is important to make fully informed investments. Even when you know the up-front costs of a laboratory information system (LIS) or other IT system, you may not realize the full cost of the product throughout its lifespan. Calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) helps you understand costs that are not as transparent as the initial purchase price, providing a more complete picture that can help you make an informed decision about the LIS that best fits your budget and your laboratory.
At Orchard, we pride ourselves on researching and developing software tools that laboratory professionals can use to make their jobs easier and more productive, helping them maximize their value. We are also in tune with current healthcare and industry trends. These two factors have led to the development of our point-of-care testing (POCT) integration and management software, Orchard® Trellis™. From a reimbursement perspective, Trellis’ capability to automate POCT billing and help close care gaps using CPT II Codes makes the solution applicable for both fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursements and for value-based or performance-based contracts.
Laboratory professionals have long struggled with the conundrum of having non-laboratory trained operators performing point-of-care testing (POCT), which can result in pre-analytical errors. With the continued growth of POCT, this concern remains valid. To attempt to address this area of shortcoming, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has launched a new certification for POCT operators, specifically non-laboratory trained healthcare workers who perform POCT. Those individuals who complete the certification process and pass will be Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professionals (CPP).
The 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo—a global conference and exhibit for laboratory professionals—was held July 29–August 2 in Chicago. There were more than 200 sessions that covered a range of topics, from using molecular diagnostics for targeted cancer therapies to identifying genetic defects for liver disease to the use of CRISPR to detect nucleic acid sequences.
If you are in Chicago to attend the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, July 29 through August 2, stop by Orchard Software’s booth: #2267. As always, Orchard’s booth will be an attraction you do not want to miss!