In today’s episode of the LogicStreaming Podcast, host Patrick Yoder, CEO and co-founder of LogicStream Health, talks with Betsy Keenan-Brown, Vice President for Clinical and Population Health at Fairview Health in Minneapolis, about the role of analytics, access to data and clinical process improvement (CPI) in controlling healthcare costs.
The conversation began with insights from two recent gatherings of healthcare leaders. At a meeting of healthcare executives in Seattle, participants discussed strategies for delivering high-quality, consumer-based care at Medicare rates, far below reimbursement levels of private insurers. At the annual conference of hospital infection preventionists, attendees shared insights for fighting healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and responding to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expectations for achieving significant reductions in HAI rates. Yoder noted that CPI is key to reducing both costs and HAIs.
Keenan-Brown and Yoder agreed that controlling healthcare costs is of the utmost importance and that putting the data to work plays a significant role in understanding what problems need to be addressed and how to fix them. As hospital systems realize that even those procedures that could be counted on in the past to drive revenue through volume are no longer profitable, said Yoder, organizations are turning to CPI and rethinking how to leverage their strengths through innovation. Keenen-Brown applies concepts from Lean Six Sigma methodology – commonly used in manufacturing to remove waste and reduce unnecessary variation – to tackle challenges in healthcare. She shared how her organization is exploring innovative techniques to engage with patients and bring interdisciplinary care teams together into primary care settings to manage care with the lowest possible cost.
In response to Yoder’s question about population health, Keenan-Brown provided what Yoder described as the clearest definition he’s heard for that term. She then went on to share examples of how her organization is balancing a more centralized care coordination model, standardizing workflows and using data to find the places where they need to intervene sooner to keep patients healthy and improve reimbursement.
Yoder raised the topic of data democratization and the two leaders discussed the demand for information to flows dynamically into the hands of the clinical care teams that need it. To learn more about these topics and other insights, listen to the podcast.
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