Transitioning for Better Care:
Sharing Information for
Improved Patient Care

While planning our annual conference, the HealthLINC staff speaks to members of the medical community in our region about their current concerns.  In late 2013, we heard that our community wanted to discuss concrete steps we could take to move forward.  Therefore, our 2014 conference was designed to bring together two small groups of people from many organizations.

We had two groups, 25 Administrators and 20 Technology people.  We had a facilitator who helped lead the discussion, Camilla Brown from Strategies for Tomorrow.  After a discussion which included the goal of the day and new developments in various organizations, we had an hour-long working session with the group split into Administrators and Technologists, followed by presentation by each group to the other.

At this point, we came to some conclusions about what the community wanted to pursue over the coming year.  We then broke into groups again and designed measurable goals for the next year.  We identified four priorities:

  1. Help IU Health see the community as a whole during their transition from their current EMR to Cerner.  Preserve what we have, and prevent breaking the connections within the community.
  2. Establish a community-wide medication narrative using the Community Medication Management tool, and prepare for a new tool if Community Care of North Carolina decides to discontinue support.
    1. Get more community providers to add to the narrative. Priority on home-health providers, safety-net clinic, and commercial pharmacies.
    2. Have more users access the tool, including nursing homes and practices who cannot export medication lists.
    3. Integrate the tool into EMRs, possibly using single-sign-on.
    4. Work on getting discharge medications out of the Cerner system so we do not lose that.
  3. Establish a community PHR.  Margaret Mary Health in Batesville has established one, and we can use their experience.
  4. Find ways to make electronic communication easier.  Expand the use of Direct e-mail in the community to include all provider offices and facilities. Test CCD exchange in various settings.

Members of HealthLINC's staff were given responsibility for following up with these priorities.  We will see what happens going forward!

We took pictures of the day...