My recent trip to D.C.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak on a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The occasion was an American Hospital Association briefing for lawmakers, congressional staff, the news media and others on the topic of how hospitals are adapting to a changing health care landscape.

Press Club

My co-panelists at the National Press Club were Pam Sutton-Wallace, CEO of University of Virginia Medical Center; and Jesse Cureton, chief consumer officer for Novant Health. Adrian Slywotzky of the consulting firm Oliver Wyman was our moderator.

It was a great opportunity for me to talk about the digital revolution that is long overdue in health care and the work that Providence is doing to identify, fund and pilot innovative ways to interact with patients online.

I also talked about our work with companies such as Boeing and Intel. Providence is one of the first health systems to contract directly with major employers to improve the health of employee populations, so there is a lot of national interest in what we are doing, and many health systems now look to us as a model for population health and accountable care.

The State of the Union address

Following the press club event, I had a chance to meet with the Department of Health and Human Services and was asked to provide feedback on the Administration’s goals for value-based payments for Medicare.

I also had the opportunity to attend the State of the Union address. Interestingly, the president barely mentioned health care in his speech. However, my ears perked up when he specifically called out “precision medicine” as the future of health care. I listened intently to what he had to say because precision medicine – or targeted treatments based on a patient’s molecular profile – is exactly the direction Providence is going with the genomic sequencing program we are developing in partnership with Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D.

Have you presented at a conference lately?

The most valuable part of the trip to D.C. was being able to tell the Providence story to leaders on the East Coast who may not be familiar with who we are. I think it’s important to raise awareness about how we are creating healthier communities and serving the poor and vulnerable, as well as share our expertise and best practices.

But I know I am not the only person from Providence who is asked to speak at national events. Many of our caregivers and physicians are considered leading experts in their field and are invited to present at conferences across the country.

If you’ve presented at a conference lately, it would be great if we could all hear about it in the comments section below. It would help us see the range of expertise available in our organization. Tell us:

  • What was your topic?
  • Who was the audience?
  • What is the best practice or area of expertise you had to share?

I think each of these speaking opportunities gives us a chance to tell the Providence story more broadly, as well as share our expertise with others. Thank you to all of you who are helping us spread the word and continuing to advance your professional field and shape the future of health care.

More about the press club event

  1. Recently Swedish Medical Center had the opportunity to present our patient registration method for a Disaster/Mass Casualty Incident at the National 2015 Preparedness, Emergency Response, and Recovery Consortium and Exposition (PERRC) Conference in Orlando, Florida. We shared the decision points in creating our Standard Disaster Patient Nomenclature as well as recommendations for developing names and reports to support Clinical, Emergency Management, HIM, and Revenue Cycle data integrity needs. We discussed tips for updating demographics (which patients, when, transfer and discharge scenarios, communication workflows), and paper vs electronic contingencies. In our disaster drills, we have experienced successful training for this exception workflow and better patient throughput (average 10 seconds) vs. former pseudonumber and mini-registration protocols. We have been fortunate to receive local and national interest in our methodology.
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  2. Since 2012, Clinical Nutrition has done about 17+ presentations to professional groups and organizations nationally, including 3 recorded webinars, on the topic of Disease-Related Malnutrition in adults. (Grand Rounds 3X, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, George Fox Univ, Oregon State Univ, OHSU, scheduled Utah).

    Providence in Portland area was recognized in 2014 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Alliance Malnutrition Award for our teams work identifying, documenting and coding for adult disease related malnutrition using the Academy and American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Consensus Statement: Providence was a member of the work group to establish and describe the clinical characteristics as discussed in the Consensus.

    We are working now on several areas: 1. to operationalize malnutrition risk screening into the pre-surgical clinics, radiation oncology and ambulatory areas in order to identify and address it and thus reduce the incidence in acute care; 2. working to better communicate from acute care discharge to ambulatory that patient is at risk or malnourished for attention and action; 3. and to optimize the documentation process and coding to capture the prevelance data and appropriate reimbursement consistently. Data in general shows 1 in 3 to 4 admits to acute care are at nutrition risk or malnourished, yet it is commonly under identified or acted upon in a timely manner. In 2013, our own PMG data from age >64 with low BMIs (<23) shows 91% with ED or acute care admits (if each person had one ED or admit events). We have one of the, if not the, most active programs on this topic in the U.S. Greatly appreciated and consistent with our Mission that Providence supports this work. Thank you.

  3. Rod,

    The Data Science team within Healthcare Intelligence was invited to speak at Epic’s User Group Meeting last September and again for their Experts Group Meeting this March. We are presenting on building predictive models (first for clinic no-shows and now for COPD readmission). We are working to improve the performance of these predictions in the industry through new algorithms, new types of data (such as geospatial information related to the patient), and new ways to extract value from the data we already have (such as using natural language processing to extract value from chart notes). We’re hoping this becomes one more way to precision-target interventions, and it’s been exciting to help shape the conversation with Epic and other health systems.