AMCNO Partners with Healthcare Informatics for its 2017 Cleveland Health IT Summit Series

The AMCNO once again served as a partner of the 2017 Health Information Technology Summit Series (formerly known as the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, or iHT2, Health IT Summits), to connect and promote improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through information and IT. The 2017 series featured discussions on a wide variety of topics, including cybersecurity, data analytics, clinical workflow, telehealth, and policy. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was also a point of interest.

The event was held March 23-24 at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland. The conference co-chairs were Greg Rosencrance, MD, Chairman of the Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and David Kaelber, MD, Internist and Pediatrician, Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) and Vice President of Health Informatics, The MetroHealth System.

The two-day Summit began on Thursday with a keynote presentation by Robert Schwartz, MD, Principal, Chartis Group, titled “MACRA: The Latest Accelerant to Value-Based Care—Are You Ready?” Dr. Schwartz, a practicing emergency physician, discussed the near-term implications of MACRA for providers post-election, provided an overview of the legislation, examined the elements of an effective MACRA strategy, and discussed IT’s role in preparing a “no-regrets” strategy. He stated that MACRA is here to stay. Time is of the essence, quality is paramount, a MACRA strategy must be developed, and capabilities are needed to support patient care and reporting.

Panel discussions followed the keynote; one focused on “HHS, MACRA, Mandatory Bundled Payments, and IT as a Difference Maker.” Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Informatics, served as moderator. It has been reported that only 20% of private practices are ready for MACRA. They stressed that successful organizations have a CMIO in their leadership suite, and that physicians need to be involved from the beginning in the process of creating strategies and workflows for improved care.

The other panel discussion focused on “Managing the HIE Relationship: Navigating the Data Exchange Partnership.” Dan Paoletti, Executive Officer of CliniSync/Ohio Health Information Partnership—of which the AMCNO is a partner—served on this panel and shared how Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) such as CliniSync are driving change, particularly in Ohio, by jumping into the payment reform models. He added that they are looking at how HIE systems can be interoperable—not just collecting volumes of data—and how the information can easily fit into providers’ workflows. Another panelist, Dr. Kaelber, said he viewed HIEs as clinical support—needing and having the information at the right time to take proper care of a patient. 

Another session focused on “Understanding the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Threats.” The panel discussed how healthcare is vulnerable to cyber threats and terrorists, because hacking into systems and devices carry life-or-death risks for patients, and the threats change constantly. It can be difficult to protect healthcare technology because there is a wide variety of products and their “ages” differ. There is also the human factor—the system may be secure, but an employee can compromise data. The panelists agreed that there is not one solution that is going to solve all the problems associated with cybersecurity, but several steps can be taken to help protect data, such as installing firewalls, monitoring information, and controlling access to the data.

The other Thursday sessions focused on: “Avoiding the Five Pain Points of Data Protection in Healthcare,” “Changing the Enterprise from the Data Up: Exploring Data Governance and Business Intelligence Initiatives at the Cleveland Clinic,” “Keys to Repelling Ransomware,” and “Automating and Stratifying Risk through Effective Population Health Registries.”     

The Friday sessions began with a T2 Talk: “2017 Cyber Threat Forecast and Sharing Strategies to Defend Your Networks,” presented by Josh Singletary, Chief Information Officer, National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC). He discussed how the NH-ISAC was created in 2010 to allow non-profit and for-profit healthcare stakeholders to share their cyber and physical security threat indicators, best practices and mitigation strategies. The organization also hosts webinars, conferences and workshops concerning cyber threats to keep providers up-to-date.

The remaining Friday sessions covered the following topics: “Health IT’s Role in Combatting the Zika and Ebola Menaces,” “Beating the MSSP Expectations: How Scottsdale Health Partners’ ACO Has Thrived,” “Effectively Using Sociodemographic Date in Healthcare Analytics,” “Automating Quality: The Advanced Metrics, Data and Strategy Behind the Paperless ED,” “Building Integrated Clinical Dashboards Using FHIR,” “Leveraging Actionable Data to Combat Sepsis,” “Imaging IT and Healthcare IT Interoperability,” and “Analytics Behind Understanding Clinical Decision Making.”  

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