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Pacific Northwest-based independent pediatricians group blazes new trail managing children's health community-wide
ATLANTA, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wellcentive, the industry forerunner in end-to-end population health management (PHM) for healthcare organizations, proudly congratulates the Children's Health Alliance (CHA) on being presented Health Data Management's top honor for the Analytics All Stars Award for Population Health Project of the Year. The magazine's inaugural recognition program showcases those organizations and individuals providing pioneering leadership, spurring innovation and driving improvement in the specialty area of healthcare data analytics from the calendar year 2013.
The Population Health Project of the Year Award recognizes CHA for using technology to address the broader scope of population health management (PHM). CHA is a not-for-profit association of 105 independent primary care pediatricians serving five counties in the Portland and Salem, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington metropolitan areas.
"What set Children's Health Alliance apart in the eyes of the judges was the extraordinary efforts made to tackle population health in a pediatric environment, which is a new frontier in PHM and analytics that few organizations have tried to tackle because of the enormous amount of effort it takes to customize the analytics technology and clinical protocols to address the unique needs of children," said Greg Gillespie, editor-in-chief at Health Data Management. "This is true population health management: an effort that not only creates a technological safety net, but also builds links to other caregivers, families and the community."
Over a five-year span, CHA launched a PHM initiative starting with a pediatric asthma patient registry and pediatric-specific asthma care management measures. Its pediatricians financed the data aggregation groundwork themselves. To take their PHM initiative and care delivery to the next level coalescing more complex health conditions, CHA recently selected Wellcentive to customize its PHM solution to create workflows specific to the pediatric setting.
"We're honored to receive Health Data Management's Analytics All-Stars Award which validates the hard work and dedication of our pediatricians driven to set the highest standard for pediatric care quality," said Deborah Rumsey, executive director of the Children's Health Alliance and Children's Health Foundation. "Adult care consumes the bulk of patients and healthcare costs, and thus most policies and resources. Since healthier kids lead to healthier adults, it's important to put children on a trajectory toward good health. Clinical data consolidated to one enterprise-wide view will help our team be more effective at identifying care steps aligned with pediatric protocols and quality program goals."
"As pediatricians, we receive performance reports on quality care measures that are adult focused and aren't meaningful for providing care for children," said Jay Rosenbloom, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Children's Health Alliance and Foundation and pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest. "Our pediatricians have seven years of success implementing meaningful pediatric care measures, and performing to them. With our Wellcentive population health tool, we can be in the driver's seat to demonstrate our high quality pediatric care."
Wellcentive's suite of population health management solutions and services will support CHA's clinical quality improvement and high-function medical home programs caring for pediatric patients with complex medical conditions.
"The Children's Health Alliance is testament to the power of independent physicians embracing technology and data analytics to ultimately achieve a shared care plan benefiting their young patients and families," said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive's CEO. "We congratulate Deborah Rumsey, Julie Harris, Dr. Jay Rosenbloom and all CHA pediatricians for their landmark success recognized by this prestigious industry press award. We're equally excited to add our functionality to ensure that the data, measures and workflow tools add value and are practical to implement alongside their electronic medical record systems. Our goal is to make their population health management work even more meaningful and applicable in the pediatric care setting."
The Next Phase of Pediatric PHM
According to Rumsey, CHA is interested in partnering with local health plans, specialists and hospitals.
"We are eager to engage others in sharing actionable data that can make a difference in the patient's health," she explained. "We hope to collaborate with key insurers and policy stakeholders to support our pediatricians in developing dynamic payment models for proactive pediatric population and care management."
For their next phase, CHA is implementing Wellcentive's web-based technology to enable sharing care plans between youth and families and across the community including medical subspecialists, mental health providers, education systems, social service agencies, and other community-based services.
"Population health tools that bring information together and facilitate sharing of patient-centered goals and care plans have the potential to create a collective impact on health outcomes," noted Dr. Rosenbloom. "Our mission is to increase engagement between patients' families and their care teams and decrease inefficiencies in order to enhance delivery of the best care for kids in our community."
About The Children's Health Alliance
The Children's Health Alliance (CHA) is a clinically integrated group of independent primary care pediatricians with a culture of improvement aiming to raise the quality of care for children. It was established in 1998 because a group of providers recognized the value of focusing on the unique care approaches in pediatric health care. More than 15 years later, it includes 105 primary care pediatric providers across five counties in the Portland/Vancouver and Salem metropolitan areas. CHA's goal is to raise the standard of care across members through collaboration, the spread of evidence-based practices, and mutual accountability affecting all children for whom they provide care. For more information about CHA, please visit www.ch-alliance.org/. For more information about pediatric quality programs driven by CHA pediatricians, please visit the Children's Health Foundation at www.ch-foundation.org.
Built from the ground up to help customers improve clinical, financial and human outcomes, Wellcentive's population health management technology is cloud-based, scalable, and customized to meet the needs of providers, health organizations and payers. Wellcentive's technology, insight and services help care teams measure and report performance and implement actionable workflow to drive value-based reimbursement and the transition from volume to value. Wellcentive has gained recognition as a leader in population health management in reports recently released by IDC Health, KLAS and Chilmark. Wellcentive aggregates data from more than 3,000 interfaces, and its solutions improve outcomes for over 23 million lives. Visit www.wellcentive.com; follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook; or call 877-213-8456 to learn more.
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