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  1. The Learnings of a National Health IT Collaborative Presented to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) By: Abby Sears CEO of OCHIN April 8, 2014

  2. Who is OCHIN?

  3. Who is OCHIN? • As a nonprofit organization, healthcareinnovation organization designed to promote access to quality, affordable healthcare for all. • One of the nation’s largest and most successful Health Information Networks • In 18 states, coast-to-coast • Touching over 4,500 physicians

  4. Who We Serve • Any member of the healthcare continuum requires equal access to the next generation of integrated healthcare delivery • We have a history in underserved populations, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Mental/Behavioral Health, Public Health Agencies, Rural Health Clinics, and Critical Access Hospitals

  5. What We Do: Breadth and Depth

  6. What Makes Us Different?

  7. Federal Agencies Community Members The Community as a Learning System Community Organizations State Public Health Community Practice COMMUNITY FOCUSED: Governance Engagement Standards & Trust Analysis Dissemination IntegratedDelivery System Health Information Organization 8 Academic, Foundation, and Data Partners The Community as a Learning System; The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, 2011

  8. Member Engagement Along the Adoption Curve

  9. Barriers and Opportunities to New Technologies: Clinical Practice changes via technology

  10. The obstacles are numerous and are challenging to resolve • Data and Privacy policies need updating • Healthcare is highly regulated environment • Varied business requirements of different clinical domains and requires time and commitment to capturing the data • Payors and Federal agencies have different data needs and requests • Challenges of small practices with little to no IT support • Economic issues of running small practices • Change Fatigue – so many environmental demands at one time

  11. Changes Are Necessary: Policy and More • Rules at the federal and state level: New rules for technologically sharing data for integration of behavioral and mental health and more • Alcohol and drug data is protected from other clinicians • Family Planning data • Sharing of immunization data across state lines • Different narcotic prescription rules by state • Increased support in the field • Especially for small practices, clinics with 1-10 providers • Lack of sophistication, staff, funds, interest • They want the help, but have neither the infrastructure, nor the financial support, to get it • “what is useful” functionality continues to be unclear • Larger practices do this in-house

  12. Off the Shelf Products: What can you do with them? • Adding Technology to “Canned” Solutions • Focus is on meeting regulatory requirements: PQRS, HEDIS, Meaningful Use and privacy concerns • Social determinants of health • HIE • Provider Directory issues • Major pieces of the software products still are working out the basics • Is it standard programming or customer…how does this impact future upgrades

  13. Change requires a three pronged approach Technology Change Training/Documentation Data and reporting on utilization Needs to be in the workflow and lots of reinforcement and training • Alternative Payment methodologies – technology has been deployed but the workflows haven’t changed • Building more functionality than the physicians can accommodate • It takes time to reinforce new behaviors • Constant reinforcement by the environment with continuous education and support • Teach at every level in the clinic

  14. Follow the money: Payors and Price • Payors are differentiating themselves on quality and cost • Need to pay for quality in a slow and incremental way that doesn’t hurt the providers but continues to encourage slow, gradual change • Pilot small projects that will look at new ways to pay for quality across the spectrum of providers – ask them to fund projects that bridge organizations • Look for reward programs • Be willing to consider taking on some risk especially in small amounts • Look at PACE program of high risk Medicaid and Medicare patients for good opportunities • Encourage the payors to agree on definitions of quality at the community or better yet at the state level • Ask to show improvement not an outcome or a target • How to use data to impact positive change needs to be part of all education requirements at Medical Schools

  15. Sharing and Celebrating the Achievers • Peer to Peer knowledge sharing creates high leverage learning opportunities especially on a shared system - Sharing knowledge between practices and clinicians • Most clinicians want to have provide excellent quality • More focus at the medical associations • Send comparison data in non-threatening and learning environments to discuss why and what can change • Look at the continuing education system for opportunities advanced knowledge

  16. Sharing technology knowledge: Why can’t I email or copy it? • Flexible vs non-flexible systems: • Flexible typically means the product is highly configurable which has a direct correlation to cost; manual staff resources to build and maintain • Lower cost systems tend to allow less customizability • Are we on different versions? • Did we buy the same hardware? • Are we in the same state? Are the regulations the same? • IP confidentiality and non-disclosure issues

  17. Breaking Barriers: Innovation and Partnership • There is no one answer, but there is an approach – build change packages • Innovation at the clinic level – starts with physicians • You need to invest, but you can’t do it alone • Partnering with groups to build • Look for shared learning opportunities help each other – Peer groups • Capitalize on continuing education process • Use Associations to support new legislation • You get what you pay for in Health IT because of regulation requirements • Requires a high touch approach

  18. Success Stories • IPAs, safety net clinics, Regional Extension Center and Hospital Deployments to perform group purchasing and support • Advocacy to improve legislation and policy to build; potential new legislation around CFR-42 • More education programs to support more workforce • Build an ongoing support mechanism for • HIT investments by Foundations for social venture capital in products to help embedded change

  19. Thank You OCHIN Inc. @OCHINinc Abby Sears CEO of OCHIN searsa@ochin.org