The Institute for Health Technology Transformation Announces Clinical Surveillance Webinar with MEDai

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The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today a Clinical Surveillance Webinar by MEDai entitled "Enhancing Clinical Surveillance with Predictive Analytics and Outcomes Benchmarking: Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections; Prevent Avoidable Readmissions; Improve Quality" scheduled to take place October 22, 2009 at 3:00pm EDT.

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today a Clinical Surveillance Webinar by MEDai entitled "Enhancing Clinical Surveillance with Predictive Analytics and Outcomes Benchmarking: Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections; Prevent Avoidable Readmissions; Improve Quality" scheduled to take place October 22, 2009 at 3:00pm EDT.

In today's economic environment, hospitals are seeking more effective and efficient means by which to identify opportunities to improve quality of care and avoid adverse events. Additionally, regulatory reporting requirements have become more stringent with national quality organizations wanting more specific reporting around hospital performance. Leveraging technology to gather, analyze, compare, and report on quality data is no longer an option but a necessity. The right solution should empower hospitals to report on quality data, participate in clinical registries, analyze administrative data, identify opportunities for improvement (clinical, operational, utilization, etc.), access comparative data and best practices, and support performance improvement activities and efforts to implement evidence-based practices proactively.

The webinar has been designed to help hospital quality stakeholders understand how to enhance real-time clinical surveillance utilizing existing hospital systems. Incorporating retrospective and prospective business intelligence into their operational workflow results in a significant impact on quality of care as well as in successful meeting initiatives funded through ARRA and regulatory agencies.

Participants will understand how to leverage EHR data to meet the criteria for "meaningful use" as established by ARRA, learn how to proactively identify areas for improvement using severity adjusted outcomes analysis, and discover the value of predictive analytics in preventing adverse outcomes and impacting patient care in real-time. The webinar will feature insight from Jim Lederer, MD.

Jim Lederer, Medical Director for Clinical Improvement, Novant Health is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is board certified in adult and pediatric infectious diseases. His areas of expertise and interest include healthcare data analytics, clinical performance improvement, and hospital epidemiology.

About MEDai

MEDai, Inc. headquartered in Orlando, FL is a subsidiary of Elsevier a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information. Founded on the belief that sophisticated forecasting technology can be used by the healthcare industry to achieve improved quality healthcare outcomes, MEDai has become a nationally recognized leader in the field of predictive analytics and clinical outcomes analysis. Utilizing cutting edge technology, payers and providers are able benefit from superior outcomes analysis, physician and facility profiling, identification and stratification of high-risk/high-cost members, identification of cost drivers for high-risk populations, evaluation of patient patterns, actuarial and underwriting support, and EBM guideline compliance monitoring.
http://www.medai.com

About Novant Health

Novant Health is a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system that serves people in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and other regions. The largest components of Novant Health are Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC with 961 beds, Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC with 531 beds, Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, NC with 268 beds, Prince William Hospital in Manassas, VA with 170 beds, and Thomasville Medical Center in Thomasville, NC with 149 beds. Novant employs 26,000 people and has approximately 1,100 physicians in its medical group.
http://www.novanthealth.org

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation
The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and meaningful use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.
http://www.ihealthtran.com

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