Guide to population health events and sessions at HIMSS18

A collection of population health management highlights on this year's health IT conference agenda.
By Jack McCarthy
12:15 PM

Population Health has been among the most intriguing topics the last few years at HIMSS and the roster of related educational sessions and events at HIMSS18 suggest that it will again be among the most prevalent themes at the health IT show.

That begins, in fact, on March 5 with a daylong symposium and continues through the show’s final day on March 9.

Here is our roundup of population health session highlights at HIMSS18.

Population Health Symposium: Chasing One Medicine – The Next Generation of Consumer- and Community-Centric Healthcare 

Leavitt Partners Chief Research Officer David Muhlestein opens the event with a look at the crossroads of volume and value in the population health journey, replete with evolving ideas, payment models and policies. Smith will also delve into achievements already made, lessons learned and key drivers.
After Muhlestein sets the day’s stage, speakers from prominent hospitals Adventist Health, Partners HealthCare, Harvard Medical School, Shore Quality Partners, Christiana Care as well as Premier Inc., the Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology and others will take a look at a range of themes. Those include building pop health best practices into clinical workflows, the role of social determinants, new perspectives concerning how hard pop health work can be, a recipe for healthier patients and happier doctors, and a glance ahead at what’s next.
When: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 5
Where: Venetian Murano 3304
Note: Extra fees and separate registration are required.

Creating a Population Health Strategy That Scales
Transitioning to value-based care requires an enterprise population health management framework built on information and technology. On that foundation, UMass Memorial created PHM program proven to scale to collect data from diverse sources, then integrate and analyze it. The speaker will discuss the multidisciplinary team required to put governance models in place, and how UMAA established an office of clinical integration to focus on the cultural change management it took to succeed.
Speaker: Renee Broadbent, Associate Vice President, Population Health Information Technology and Strategy, UMass Memorial
When: 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 6
Where: Venetian Delfino 4002

Enterprise Patient ID for Population Health Management
This session will discuss how the Care Coordination Institute connected 3,200+ providers; strategies for large-scale data consolidation; and patient ID as a key component for data exchange.
Speaker: John Supra, Vice President of Solutions and Services, Care Coordination Institute
When: 4:30-4:50 p.m. March 6
Where: Sands Hall G Booth 9947
Leveraging HIE for Disaster Preparedness and Response
Disaster preparedness is among the emerging reasons to use health information exchanges. This session will discuss ways in which the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which is currently advancing HIE initiatives nationwide, can collaborate with and engage the healthcare community to align efforts that improve overall care in disaster conditions.
Speakers: Samuel Schaffzin, Technical Director for Medicaid Health IT, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Thomas Novak, CMS/ONC HITECH HIE & Interoperability Lead, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services/ONC
When: 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 7
Where: Venetian Murano 3301

Building a Population Health Strategy That Physicians Love
Doctors really can appreciate population health initiatives—even those initially reluctant to change. Speakers will share best practices and lessons learned in a multi-year population health management journey undertaken by physician-led organizations. Steps to success involved creating a new culture to help doctors embrace value-based care and even in certain instances become advocates themselves. Because those are the people motivated to reduce variability and improve outcomes.
Speakers: Ann Marie Edwards, CEO, Alliance Cancer Specialists; Cliff Frank, Executive Director, Shore Quality Partners
When: 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 7
Where: Venetian Delfino 4002
Standardizing Collection of Social Determinants Data
Speakers will look at the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks and Experiences (PRAPARE), a national effort to help health centers collect and apply data to better understand patients’ social determinants. And how to use that information to both transform care for population needs and demonstrate the value they bring to patients, communities, and payers.
Speakers: Andrew Hamilton, Chief Informatics Officer, AllianceChicago; Michelle Proser, Director, Research, National Association of Community Health Centers
When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 8
Where: Sands Show Room 

Five Ways Real-Time Notifications Can Improve Population Health
This session will explore how health information exchanges can aid providers in achieving better population health with timely clinical event notifications that focus on improving quality and maximizing revenue.
Speakers: Kevin Dewald, Executive Director, South Dakota Health Link; Stacie Davis, Clinical Engagement Consultant, South Dakota Health Link
When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 8
Where: Venetian Galileo 904
Radical Care Transformation with Social Determinant Data
Attendees will learn how Rosewood is building a system to address clinical outcomes for a challenging population and increasing surplus in a risk-based Medicaid contract to achieve incentive payments.
Speakers: Michelle Lehr O'Connell, Clinic Director, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic; Carlos Olivares, CEO, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
When: 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 8
Where: Venetian Palazzo L
Turning Clinical Data Into Effective Action: A Case Study
Speakers will outline a case study on the experience of Margaret Mary Health finding success in a Medicare Shared Savings Program, no-risk, Track 1 Accountable Care Organization. The session will include real life examples care teams improving the health of patients by harnessing more data than is typically provided in physician office visits.
Speakers: Tim Putnam, CEO, Margaret Mary Health; Karin Abraham, Vice President, Information Systems and Services, Caravan Health
When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 9
Where: Venetian Delfino 4004
Harnessing EHR Data for Local Population Health Monitoring
Officials from the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service, a partnership between health providers, public health departments, a health information exchange and the University of Colorado to use real-time EHR data to assist public health officials, will shed light on this unique data service that enables researchers to track population trends to demonstrate outcomes of policies and clinical- and community-based initiatives.
Speakers: Emily McCormick, Senior Epidemiologist, Denver Public Health Department; Kate Horle, Chief Operating Officer, CORHIO
When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 9
Where: Venetian Delfino 4002
Ethical Data Use as a Driver of Clinical and Business Intelligence
Ethical Data Use gives clinicians confidence that accelerating into big data and advanced analytics can succeed while protecting the brand and delivering outcomes. Speakers will share advice about how to start with the right identity to engineer privacy and security of data throughout the continuum.
Speakers: Sheila Colclasure, Chief Privacy Officer, Acxiom; Lisa Martinelli, Chief Privacy and Data Ethics Officer, Highmark Health
When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 9
Where: Venetian Marcello 4405
Create a Data-Driven Process to Manage the Quadruple Aim
The Memorial Hermann Healthcare Analytics team will describe its process for creating an environment to conquer the Quadruple Aim. The session will dive into Institute of Health objectives to improve patient experience, health of populations, reduce costs and improve provider satisfaction. And the speakers will share insights about the technology, people and process necessary to make that happen.
Speakers: Angie Massey, Director, Strategic Analytics, Memorial Hermann Healthcare; Paul Lampi, Director, Technical Services, Memorial Hermann
When: 12–1 p.m. March 9
Where: Venetian Delfino 4002

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