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    Population Health: An old-school approach to handling requests of your IT team [podcast]

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 7, 2017 9:24:34 AM

    Have you ever sat down with your grandparents, or other "more seasoned" folk, and talked about the the good old days? If so, chances are they've mentioned how everybody today is "in such a hurry." And it's true. We are in a hurry. We're resource challenged without enough time to achieve the results that our stakeholders desire - if not demand.

    As we all rush to figure out population health and value-based care, IT departments can easily get into the trap of just "working down the list of requests." At least we're getting things done, right? 

    But the question is, "Are we getting the right things done?"

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    Topics: Epic Consulting, population health, Advisory, Agile

    #HIMSS17 fun, takeaways, giving [recap]

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 3, 2017 3:28:01 PM

    The one thing that makes all the hassles of event travel, hotels, crowds, buses, and overpriced convention food worth it is this: relationships. Nothing beats getting face-to-face with the people with whom you partner, work, or serve. That's why events are important and why we strive to make the most of our time while we're all together in the same geography. HIMSS17 was another great chance to do that. And for that, we are, once again, grateful. Read, watch, and experience some of the fun, the takeaways, and the giving that we were lucky to be a part of this year at HIMSS17. 

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    Topics: CHIME, population health, Affiliate Solutions, YearUp, Feed America, HIStalkapalooza, Project Hope, HIMSS17

    New frontiers in population health from #HIMSS17

    Posted by Nordic on Feb 23, 2017 12:03:22 PM


    Recent studies suggest a patient's social and physical environments may have the greatest impact on their health outcomes and overall wellness. Equipped with this knowledge, vendors and providers are now challenged with how to gather data regarding these social determinants from patients and then figure out how to incorporate them into their population health programs.

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    Topics: population health, HIMSS17

    Population health: Nordic's role in meeting your evolving needs

    Posted by Nordic on Dec 28, 2016 10:34:40 AM

    Clearly the population health and value-based care space is evolving. As it evolves, you may be asking questions like these:

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    Topics: population health, Epic Healthy Planet, MACRA, HCC, RAF

    3 things you can do right now in Epic to kickstart your population health journey

    Posted by Rick Shepardson on Sep 8, 2016 1:39:47 PM

    It may seem overwhelming knowing where to start or what to do next within your population health programs. There are opportunities, often driven by the EHR, to take small steps toward building out a robust population health program. Successful programs can transform your clinical workflows and set up your organization for success in a value-based care world. In addition, these programs support your organization’s financial health.

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    Topics: patient engagement, population health, transition of care management, chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, quality measures, clinical optimization

    Reflections on Northern California HIMSS' Patient Engagement Summit [3-min. read]

    Posted by Megan Rice on Jun 6, 2016 4:44:44 PM

    I recently had the privilege of attending the HIMSS Northern California Chapter fourth annual Patient Engagement Summit. Over the past few years, patients have become increasingly engaged in their medical treatment, which is driving our healthcare market to become more consumer-driven. This has resulted in the development of patient-centered software, more accurate patient-generated health data (PGHD), better relationships between patients and their providers, and improved patient health. One of the conference sessions walked through the journey of a patient, who with the help of her caregiver, took patient engagement to a whole new level.

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    Topics: HIMSS, patient engagement, population health, patient-centered solution, team-based care

    Value-based care: How'd we get here and how do we go forward? [white paper]

    Posted by Nordic on May 6, 2016 10:54:10 AM

    With population health, value-based care, pay-for-performance, and accountable care organizations (ACO), the industry is crowded with new care initiatives, largely generated by healthcare payment reform. Let’s talk about what's really happening, how we got here, and some of the key challenges. To start, let’s establish some operational definitions and understand the relationship between terms. The chart below should help to illustrate the relationship between these industry drivers.

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    Topics: population health, value-based care, accountable care organization, reimbursement, Advisory

    #HIMSS16 - Tuesday pop health sessions, HIStalkapalooza CIO encounter

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 2, 2016 1:49:52 PM

    For those of you unable to break away to Las Vegas for HIMSS16 (or maybe for those of you who haven't attended as many sessions as you had hoped), we'll continue to offer more insights from our experiences. On Tuesday, Nordic Director of Affiliate Solutions Scott Isaacson checked in with us to share a couple interesting population health takeaways from his sessions so far. Then, Nordic Director of Client Relations Aaron Mann stopped by to share a story about his chance encounter with a CIO at the bar during HIStalkapalooza. What started with a conversation about Midwestern sports turned into a discussion on the challenges of afflilate rollouts. 

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    Topics: population health, HIMSS16, Affiliate Solutions, HIStalkapalooza

    HIT Breakdown 13 - Chronic care management from three perspectives

    Posted by Nordic on Feb 10, 2016 11:53:07 AM

    In our 13th HIT Breakdown episode, we’re going to dig into chronic care management (CCM). As a refresher, CCM is part of Medicare’s value-based care initiatives. Here at Nordic, we’ve already helped customers implement this program within Epic using Healthy Planet. To discuss these programs, we’ve invited two senior Nordic consultants, Jake Aleckson and Jason Cassidy, who are joined by our Director of Optimization Solutions Rick Shepardson.

    In this discussion, they cover CCM from the point of view of the patient, the provider, and then the IT team. As they walk through the various aspects of CCM, Jake and Jason will share some of the different approaches their client organizations used to accomplish the tasks at hand.

    If you’ve ever wondered what types of things would go into implementing this program at your organization, or how you would set up Epic to support it, this is the podcast for you. Oh, and the results are pretty impressive. Give it a listen all the way to the end. 

    Prefer to read? Jump to our transcript.

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    Topics: patient engagement, population health, chronic care management (CCM), clinicians, Epic Healthy Planet, Epic Reporting Workbench

    The most popular Nordic blog posts of 2015

    Posted by Nordic on Dec 30, 2015 2:30:28 PM

    As we wrap up the year and get ready for a new one, here’s a quick look at some of our most popular 2015 posts. If they’re new to you, we encourage you to give them a read, view, or listen.

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    Topics: population health, Epic MyChart, Epic Cupid, Epic Beaker, Epic conversion

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