Galen Healthcare Solutions


APRIL 2018


Solving for Today.
Preparing for Tomorrow.

In this month's newsletter, we share insights to implement specific and practical EMR optimization opportunities using native EMR capabilities to prevent avoidable disease - namely venous thromboemobolism and sepsis - yielding improved outcomes and reimbursement.

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) costs hospitals an average of $300K annually, with prevention efforts often failing due to alert fatigue and lack of standardized guidance at the point of care.

69% of the 95 providers polled by KLAS say sepsis detection solutions have led to improved outcomes, with some reporting 50% drop in mortality. However, additional effort may be  required to implement & integrate into EMR workflows and alert fatigue an issue.

In our featured articles, we share actionable advice on how you can get started on VTE and sepsis detection and prevention. 

A Platform for Sharing Innovation between Healthcare Organizations (HCOs)

Speaking of practical applications in healthcare, there are many conferences that  focus on the latest buzz surrounding artificial intelligence, machine learning, and precision medicine with solutions offered that lack pragmatic utilization in a complex, adaptive system like healthcare. 

Instead, healthcare delivery organizations remain focused on actionable initiatives to rationalize EMR investment, improve EMR usability & efficiency, and position for care coordination & care management.

Health IT Expo was created to enable practical innovation and solution sharing in the areas of Security and Privacy, Analytics, Communication and Patient Engagement, IT Dev Ops, and Operational Alignment & Support.

Visit our table at the inaugural Health IT Expo, where we will present “Exploring & Evaluating Healthcare Data Archival Methodologies & Strategies.”

MEDITECH Users Premier Annual Event
Health IT Expo fits with our philosophy of collaborating with provider organizations to harness additional value out of their EMR. In fact, one of our newly released products, EnginuITy, was born out of this exact approach, and we are excited to share our client successes at the upcoming MUSE Inspire conference.

What began as an education session on the MEDITECH 6.x Rules engine soon turned into a concentrated collaboration between Galen and a Focus Group of 9 MEDITECH hospitals looking to fill gaps in clinical workflow. EnginuITy is a crowd-sourced, tailored solution driven by the needs and recommendations of the community.

Visit booth #992 at the 35th annual MUSE Inspire conference, where we will co-present with Valley Health: “ENGINUITY for MEDITECH 6.x/6.1+: Rule Driven, Crowd-sourced, Clinical Decision Support.”

Inside Our Newsletter

Our Newsletter also reports on:

  • Continuation of our Health IT CIO Interview Series with Mathew Guag, Lima Memorial Hospital
  • EMR data migration lessons learned & best practices
  • Managed services model in health IT
  • EMR remote hosting

I hope that you find this information helpful, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Steve Brewer, Chief Executive Officer


Upcoming Events

MAY 29 - JUNE 1:
MUSE Inspire Conference

MAY 30 - JUNE 1:
Health IT Expo

Expert Panel: Application Transition, Legacy System Retirement, and Data Archival

KLAS Reports: Implementation Services 2017: Which Firms Consistently Exceed Expectations?

Expert Panel: Seamless EHR Transition Through Data Migration

Healthcare Data Archival Strategy

EHR Transitions: Legacy Support and Staff Augmentation

Operation Nerdywork: A MEDITECH Rules Revolution

This Issue

VTE Costs Hospitals an Average of $300K Annually

Although relatively common and associated with reduced survival, substantial health-care costs, and frequent reoccurrence, many VTE prevention efforts fail due to lack of standardized guidance integrated at the point of care or due to flawed risk assessment models that either offer no guidance or are so complicated that providers bypass them. View our infographic, which breaks down VTE costs & lost revenue, and provides a solution yielding 90%+ VTE compliance.

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EMR Sepsis Surveillance – Achieving Optimal Sepsis Sensitivity & Specificity

Paramount to a successful sepsis detection solution is performance with regard to sensitivity and specificity. Sensitivity is the ability of a test to recognize true positives, while specificity measures number of true negatives correctly identified. In a screening test for a potentially life-threatening disease, such as severe sepsis, high sensitivity would be valued over high specificity so that cases are not missed.

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HealthIT CIO Interview Series – Mathew Gaug, Lima Memorial Hospital

Like many other healthcare delivery organizations, Lima Memorial is challenged with a non-integrated ambulatory EHR and EMR. As such, driven by its physician community, it is pursuing adoption of Meditech’s web-based ambulatory product to replace eCW. Ultimately, this will offer a streamlined solution to improve provider efficiency and consequently, patient experience, while providing a foundation for additional patient engagement and telehealth services to be offered.

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Top 3 EHR Data Migration Lessons Learned

We had a lessons learned meeting recently with a client who just completed a two phase NextGen to Epic data migration. Typically, we try not to perform migrations in two phases, but for this project it was necessary because there was a short timeline where we needed to get the most clinically relevant data in quickly. After phase two was complete, we reviewed our processes used during the project, and examined how well we had applied our accumulated lessons learned from a previous migration project. Our top three lessons learned follow:

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Oversight vs. Ownership: The Managed Services Model in Healthcare IT

As Health IT providers have become more adept and expert at providing what healthcare delivery organizations need, when they need it, providers have become more comfortable turning Hosting, Application Support, DR, RCM and other functions over to HIT vendors. Moreover, HDOs seek an application management outsourcing partner to reduce cost and complexity, increase agility and innovation, improve quality, standardize and reduce risk.

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EMR Remote Hosting: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

In today’s healthcare landscape, healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) are faced with an abundance of choice. Once selected, there are seeming infinite ways to customize or modify the EMR application to tailor it to the organization’s needs. As technology has improved and the utilization of EMRs has become ubiquitous, healthcare organizations are faced with a decision to contract with their EMR vendor to host the environment or maintain their own server infrastructure locally?

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