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Gellert G.A.,CHRISTUS Health | Crouch J.F.,CHRISTUS Health | Gibson L.A.,CHRISTUS Health | Conklin G.S.,CHRISTUS Health | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Medical Informatics | Year: 2017

Background CHRISTUS Health began implementation of computer workstation single sign-on (SSO) in 2015. SSO technology utilizes a badge reader placed at each workstation where clinicians swipe or “tap” their identification badges. Objective To assess the impact of SSO implementation in reducing clinician time logging in to various clinical software programs, and in financial savings from migrating to a thin client that enabled replacement of traditional hard drive computer workstations. Methods Following implementation of SSO, a total of 65,202 logins were sampled systematically during a 7 day period among 2256 active clinical end users for time saved in 6 facilities when compared to pre-implementation. Dollar values were assigned to the time saved by 3 groups of clinical end users: physicians, nurses and ancillary service providers. Results The reduction of total clinician login time over the 7 day period showed a net gain of 168.3 h per week of clinician time – 28.1 h (2.3 shifts) per facility per week. Annualized, 1461.2 h of mixed physician and nursing time is liberated per facility per annum (121.8 shifts of 12 h per year). The annual dollar cost savings of this reduction of time expended logging in is $92,146 per hospital per annum and $1,658,745 per annum in the first phase implementation of 18 hospitals. Computer hardware equipment savings due to desktop virtualization increases annual savings to $2,333,745. Qualitative value contributions to clinician satisfaction, reduction in staff turnover, facilitation of adoption of EHR applications, and other benefits of SSO are discussed. Conclusions SSO had a positive impact on clinician efficiency and productivity in the 6 hospitals evaluated, and is an effective and cost-effective method to liberate clinician time from repetitive and time consuming logins to clinical software applications. © 2017 The Authors


Patent
Christus Health | Date: 2016-10-07

Systems and methods for communicating with physicians are described. Such systems and methods may include performing the following on a real-time basis via a single application at a client computer: displaying a personal profile of a physician; sending and receiving communications between the physician and an administration; displaying financial charges and collections associated with work performed by the physician during a specified period of time; displaying historical, current, and projected compensation for the physician based on daily productivity updates; displaying data representative of time away from practice for the physician; displaying geographic locations of the physicians patients; displaying professional business expenses for the physician; displaying quality metrics and patient satisfaction performance data for the physician against other similar physicians; displaying charge-lag, no-show rates, slot times, and clinic schedules for the physician; and displaying a resources page comprising links to a plurality of other information sources for the physician.


Gellert G.A.,CHRISTUS Health | Hill V.,Baylor College of Medicine | Bruner K.,CHRISTUS Health | Maciaz G.,CHRISTUS Health | And 7 more authors.
Applied Clinical Informatics | Year: 2015

Objectives: To identify and describe the most critical strategic and operational contributors to the successful implementation of clinical information technologies, as deployed within a moderate sized system of U.S. community hospitals. Background and Setting: CHRISTUS Health is a multi-state system comprised of more than 350 services and 60 hospitals with over 9 000 physicians. The Santa Rosa region of CHRISTUS Health, located in greater San Antonio, Texas is comprised of three adult community hospital facilities and one Children’s hospital each with bed capacities of 142–180. Computerized Patient Order Entry (CPOE) was first implemented in 2012 within a complex market environment. The Santa Rosa region has 2 417 credentialed physicians and 263 mid-level allied health professionals. Methods: This report focuses on the seven most valuable strategies deployed by the Health Informatics team in a large four hospital CHRISTUS region to achieve strong CPOE adoption and critical success lessons learned. The findings are placed within the context of the literature describing best practices in health information technology implementation. Results: While the elements described involved discrete de novo process generation to support implementation and operations, collectively they represent the creation of a new customer-centric service culture in our Health Informatics team, which has served as a foundation for ensuring strong clinical information technology adoption beyond CPOE. Conclusion: The seven success factors described are not limited in their value to and impact on CPOE adoption, but generalize to – and can advance success in – varied other clinical information technology implementations across diverse hospitals. A number of these factors are supported by reports in the literature of other institutions’ successful implementations of CPOE and other clinical information technologies, and while not prescriptive to other settings, may be adapted to yield value elsewhere. © Schattauer 2015.


PubMed | Santa Rosa Medical Center, CHRISTUS Health, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Westover Hills Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Applied clinical informatics | Year: 2016

To identify and describe the most critical strategic and operational contributors to the successful implementation of clinical information technologies, as deployed within a moderate sized system of U.S. community hospitals.CHRISTUS Health is a multi-state system comprised of more than 350 services and 60 hospitals with over 9 000 physicians. The Santa Rosa region of CHRISTUS Health, located in greater San Antonio, Texas is comprised of three adult community hospital facilities and one Childrens hospital each with bed capacities of 142-180. Computerized Patient Order Entry (CPOE) was first implemented in 2012 within a complex market environment. The Santa Rosa region has 2 417 credentialed physicians and 263 mid-level allied health professionals.This report focuses on the seven most valuable strategies deployed by the Health Informatics team in a large four hospital CHRISTUS region to achieve strong CPOE adoption and critical success lessons learned. The findings are placed within the context of the literature describing best practices in health information technology implementation.While the elements described involved discrete de novo process generation to support implementation and operations, collectively they represent the creation of a new customer-centric service culture in our Health Informatics team, which has served as a foundation for ensuring strong clinical information technology adoption beyond CPOE.The seven success factors described are not limited in their value to and impact on CPOE adoption, but generalize to - and can advance success in - varied other clinical information technology implementations across diverse hospitals. A number of these factors are supported by reports in the literature of other institutions successful implementations of CPOE and other clinical information technologies, and while not prescriptive to other settings, may be adapted to yield value elsewhere.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Twin Cities-based Health Dimensions Group (HDG) has announced its plans to host the seventh annual National Summit to address today’s healthcare challenges. The event will take place at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California, February 27 through March 1, 2017. “As the industry continues to evolve, healthcare systems and care providers must find additional ways to appeal to consumer preference and deliver positive patient experiences,” said Sergei Shvetzoff, CEO of Health Dimensions Group. “Each year, the ideas, discussions and presentations that take place at the National Summit help drive the development of improved outcomes, particularly in the post-acute care sector.” During the Summit, attendees will hear from HDG executive leadership and consultants, as well as leaders in the industry including Jake Arrastia, Avamere Health Services; John F. Bonamo, M.D., MS, FACPE, FACOG, RWJ Barnabas Health; Emily Brower, Atrius Health; Tom Coble, Elmbrook Management Co.; Preston Gee, CHRISTUS Health; James Michel, American Health Care Association; Donna Mueller, Avamere Health Services; Harry Nelson, Nelson Hardiman, LLP; Jerry C. Ney, Aldersgate Village Life Plan Community; Andrew Sheinen, Kindred Healthcare; Martha Twaddle, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, JourneyCare; and Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, Scripps Health. The three-day event will open on the afternoon of Monday, February 27, with a keynote address by renowned healthcare futurist, innovator and Senior Partner at Lassen Scientific, Inc., Nicholas J. Webb. Following Webb’s presentation, there will be a post-keynote panel focused on how clinical, business, economic and consumer models are displacing existing healthcare models. On Tuesday, February 28, attendees may choose to attend either Leveraging the Value Proposition of Community Medicine and The Dynamics of Preferred Network Development or a second track, comprised of presentations titled Developing Your Consumer Driven Service Line and The Growing Role of Medicare Special Needs Plans. An additional, optional presentation titled Owning the Risk: A Journey into Value-Based Transformation will end the day. The conference concludes on Wednesday with three additional high-impact presentations. “HDG is proud to be at the forefront of innovative solutions for post-acute care’s most critical challenges,” said Shvetzoff. “Carrying on this tradition of the National Summit provides opportunities for those in the healthcare industry to learn from the foremost experts in long-term forecasting and planning. Each year, the National Summit provides vision, renewed direction and necessary discussion to help drive solutions to the healthcare industry’s most pressing topics.” Healthcare leaders can register for the conference online at hdgnationalsummit.com through February 17, 2017. The website also contains the full agenda and speakers list as well as additional information about sponsors, hotel and travel arrangements. For more than 25 years, HDG has designed integrated and customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, long-term and post-acute care clients across the country. HDG offers industry-leading expertise in post-acute and senior care management and consulting services. For more information, visit healthdimensionsgroup.com.


News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - October 24, 2016) - Strata Decision Technology (Strata Decision), a leading provider of cloud-based performance analytics for financial planning, decision support and continuous improvement, today announced highlights of the 2016 Strata Decision Summit, an educational and networking event focused on the future of healthcare finance, attended by hundreds of healthcare professionals from across the Company's customer base of over 180 healthcare delivery systems and 1,000 hospitals. The Summit focused on the mindset, skillset and toolset healthcare provider organizations need as they move down the path from 'driving volume' to 'delivering value'. The keynote address highlighted new approaches, applications and services with leading hospitals and health systems sharing how they are turning vision into reality. That vision includes simplifying and driving significantly more value from the financial planning process, preparing service line leaders to drive performance in bundle payment and value-based programs and using data to drive decisions with workflow to ensure follow through. Northwestern Medical Center in Vermont Receives 2016 LEAP Award Northwestern Medical Center (NMC), a 70-bed, not-for-profit community hospital in St. Albans, Vermont, was named the recipient of the 2016 LEAP Award for its efforts in leveraging StrataJazz from Strata Decision Technology to help increase their overall operating margin from 3.0% to 4.4%. NMC leveraged StrataJazz to drive significant efficiencies, reducing the time spent to update their cost accounting by 99% and reducing hours spent creating their annual budget by 50%. In addition to winning the LEAP Award, NMC consistently ranks at or near 100% on Medicare/CMS Core measures of clinical quality and has won national awards for patient satisfaction for the past five years in row. "The changing business model of healthcare has made it mission critical for hospitals and health systems to develop new approaches to operational and strategic decisions in order to better run their organizations and serve their communities," said Dan Michelson, CEO of Strata Decision Technology. "Northwestern Medical Center in Vermont is a great example of how even a relatively small health system can drive significant value by leveraging data and redesigning workflow. The landscape is rapidly changing and the last few days served as a reminder that for many organizations the future is already here." The LEAP (Lead, Excel, Achieve, Progress) Award recognizes healthcare organizations for outstanding performance in the areas of finance and strategy to benefit both their organization and the community that they serve. The award honors exceptional healthcare organizations that have used StrataJazz to solve real world problems related to financial analytics, business intelligence and decision support. Past winners include Mission Health in Ashville, North Carolina, Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida and CHRISTUS Health in Dallas, Texas. About Strata Decision Technology Strata Decision Technology provides an innovative cloud-based financial analytics and performance platform that is used by healthcare providers for financial planning, decision support and continuous improvement. Founded in 1996, the Company's customer base includes 1,000 hospitals and many of the largest and most influential healthcare delivery systems in the U.S. The Company's StrataJazz® application is a single integrated software platform that includes modules for strategic planning, capital planning, operational budgeting, management and productivity reporting, decision support and continuous improvement. The Company's headquarters are in Chicago, IL. For more information, please visit www.stratadecision.com.


Trademark
Christus Health | Date: 2010-08-24

Computer software for the management of information related to medical billing, accounting, and collections of accounts receivable; Database management software for medical billing, accounting, and collections of accounts receivable.


PubMed | Clemson University and Christus Health
Type: | Journal: American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality | Year: 2016

Most hospitals use occurrence reporting systems that facilitate identifying serious events that lead to root cause investigations. Thus, the events catalyze improvement efforts to mitigate patient harm. A serious limitation is that only a few of the occurrences are investigated. A challenge is leveraging the data to generate knowledge. The goal is to present a methodology to supplement these incident assessment efforts. The framework affords an enhanced understanding of patient safety through the use of control charts to monitor non-harm and harm incidents simultaneously. This approach can identify harm and non-harm reporting rates and also can facilitate monitoring occurrence trends. This method also can expedite identifying changes in workflow, processes, or safety culture. Although unable to identify root causes, this approach can identify changes in near real time. This approach also supports evaluating safety or policy interventions that may not be observable in annual safety climate surveys.


AMSTERDAM and DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and CHRISTUS Health, an international, Catholic, not-for profit health system, today announced they have  extended the scope and duration of their alliance to now include domestic population health man...

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