26 March 2020

In the News: DCEO Healthcare on PCCI tracking COVID-19 Cases in Dallas




D CEO Healthcare Magazine showcases how PCCI’s data analytics is guiding clinicians and identifying risk from COVID-19 cases in Dallas. Please click on the image below to read the whole story:

 

 

25 March 2020

In the News: HIMSSCast Podcast Features “Building Connected Communities of Care”




PCCI’s new book, “Building Connected Communities of Care,” is featured in an interview posted on HIMSSCast, a podcast for HIMSS media hosted on Healthcare IT News. In the interview, co-authors, PCCI CEO, Steve Miff, and PCCI VP of Enterprise Relations, Keith Kosel, discuss the details of the newly published book.

“Building Connected Communities of Care” is on sale now and can be purchased HERE.

Click on the image below to listen to the 22 minute podcast.

 

 

24 March 2020

PCCI’s CEO Joins City of Dallas Data Science Technical Advisory Committee




Steve Miff, PCCI’s CEO and co-author of Building Connected Communities of Care, has been invited to join the City of Dallas Data Science Technical Advisory Committee.

Steve is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare analytics and consulting. He has also served in various leadership positions in technology/consulting start-ups and on multiple boards, including DFWHCF, NurseGrid and and SMU’s Big Data Advisory Board.

The City of Dallas Data Science Technical Advisory Committee is chaired by the City of Dallas Chief Innovation Officer, Laila Alequresh, and includes a dozen cross-sector leaders and scientists from top local industries (TI, ATT, Toyota, IBM, CPAL, etc). Steve attended the first meeting on February 27.

PCCI ‘s experts and leaders continue to be in demand and this is another example of how PCCI is valued in the DFW community.

To have a PCCI expert advise your organization about our pioneering ways to health, go HERE.

23 March 2020

PCCI Expert Akshay Arora talks SDOH at MD Anderson




Late last month, Akshay Arora represented PCCI at a session at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he presented PCCI’s perspective on social determinants of health and machine learning.

Akshay’s presentation, “Using Social Determinants of Health and Machine Learning to Improve Healthcare Outcomes,” was delivered to an audience of diverse healthcare experts, including clinicians, researchers, data scientists, and professors. The audience was particularly interested in the community data insights platform, with feedback that PCCI has created a very special tool to deeply understand the community.

To have a PCCI expert talk to your organization about our pioneering ways to health, go HERE.

19 March 2020

In the News: How Chatbots Can Help Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms




In today’s issue of HCP Live, PCCI’s Dr. Yolande Pengetnze, MD, talks about how chat and text platforms can help inform and support patent safety and care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click on the image below to read the whole story:

 

 

11 March 2020

Book Excerpt: ‘Building Connected Communities of Care’ Six Tracks Needed for a Connected Community




In a new book, “Building Connected Communities of Care,” published by PCCI, the authors Keith Kosel, PhD, and Steve Miff, PhD, created a playbook that offers a step-by-step program for coordinating medical and community-based resources to change how, where and when healthcare is delivered.

The book is a practical, how-to guide for health systems, payers, communities, philanthropic agencies, foundations, and policymakers desiring to streamline coordination and assistance efforts between medical and social services to reduce costs and improve the health, safety, and well-being of a community’s most vulnerable residents, especially those with chronic diseases and complex social needs.

The book is informed by PCCI’s experience building one of the first Connected Communities of Care in the nation, which was not an overnight proposition. The PCCI experience in Dallas highlighted that dedicated time, clear process, allocated resources and extreme collaboration were all needed  to align diverse and essential stakeholder groups. The playbook organizes activities needed  to build a Connected Community of Care into six specific tracks – all of which must be addressed, and all of which are vital for lasting success.  Following is an excerpt from the book:


Chapter 1, page 3:

The Six Tracks for CCC Implementation  

The figure (left) illustrates the six tracks of activity needed to create a Connected Community of Care (CCC). Development activities begin in the center to develop governance models, procedures and legal policies that reflect the values of the key stakeholders and the specific goals of the CCC.   Each additional Track has defined activities – activities within a Track build as a program moves from planning, to initial launch, to on-going sustainability;

 

PCCI’s Connected Communities of Care Model 

 

While PCCI recommends that CCC leaders pursue the Tracks in the following general order, much of the work in various Tracks can (and should) be performed in parallel with work in other Tracks.

PCCI recommends that the CCC leaders assign a designated Track lead for each specific Track. The work in the six CCC Tracks will also require input from additional stakeholders specific to the implementation of that particular Track. The six Playbook Tracks are:

  1. Governance Track. A CCC’s governance structure relies on a collective decision-making model rather than on leadership by a specific individual or organization. This Playbook assumes that a few key community organizations have already formed an initial steering group to make the significant decision to undertake the CCC initiative. It is critical, at least initially, for an empowered, established group of decision-makers to provide leadership through a “readiness assessment” process and during the initial CCC design stages. The “readiness assessment” comprises a set of activities designed to collectively uncover a community’s clinical and social needs and level of preparedness and commitment to hosting a CCC.
  2. Legal/Policy Track. Communities should identify considerations related to contracts, policies, and procedures to provide an overall CCC legal and policy framework for Governance and as part of the development of each Track. The construct of a legal framework requires a review of applicable federal, state, and local law, along with requirements imposed by Funders, Sponsors, and clinical and community Partners. As these requirements and considerations are tightly integrated with the business requirements, PCCI has incorporated some of the Legal/Policy considerations within each respective Track. The CCC’s Legal /Policy Track lead and CCC legal counsel should review all relevant key documents in all Tracks to ensure compliance. To streamline CCC preparation and implementation, PCCI recommends that CCC legal counsel leverage Participants’ existing legal structures, policies, processes, and agreements, where possible.
  3. Technology Platform Track. The Governance Track provides a framework for strategic assessment of CCC technology needs, ranging from required features to market analysis. The Technology Platform Track builds off that strategy and explores in depth the nuances and critical activities necessary to ensure successful deployment of the CCC’s backbone – the data-sharing platform. The technology infrastructure creates an integrated electronic platform to exchange clinical and social information securely between health organizations (i.e., hospitals, clinics) and CBOs (e.g., homeless shelters, food pantries) that are part of the CCC network. Construction of the platform should facilitate future data and external solution integration and provide an information exchange platform on which to customize additional case-management functionalities to meet the CCC users’ service-coordination requirements.
  4. Clinical Providers Track. Although clinical CCC workflows vary across selected clinical sites, the workflows need to converge on the CCC’s common goals. The Clinical Provider Track lead should contemplate the key factors and related nuances in establishing the clinical CCC consortium, including but not limited to the following: executive sponsorship; clear definition of roles and responsibilities; handling of clinical information; the compliance framework; and integration of the new workflows resulting from this work.
  5. Community Partners Track. Community workflows also require consideration of a unique set of circumstances, relationships, and nuances. Even more so than the clinical-provider workflows, community workflows vary widely across CBOs, but ultimately must align to support the global CCC goals. Leadership, staffing, and management models may vary from those of the clinical Partners, thus requiring dedicated, deep expertise from the Community Partners Track lead working to engage CBO Partners.
  6. Program Sustainability Track. Stakeholder and Participant support and revenue generation are two of the most important factors contributing to CCC sustainability. The CCC can garner that support through defining and demonstrating its value in providing better services and outcomes and in creating a vehicle for research and innovation benefiting the entire community. Significant funding may be required to design, build, implement, and sustain your local CCC. Unlike hospital quality-improvement programs that are expected to be deployed and to generate results within annual budgets, CCC deployments require several years to reach scale and maturity in order to produce meaningful Return on Investment (ROI) and Social Return on Investment (SROI) results.

For more information about “Building Connected Communities of Care,” or to get your copy today , go to HIMSS Publishing or Amazon.com.

About the authors

Dr. Keith Kosel is a Vice President, Enterprise Relations at PCCI.

Dr. Steve Miff is the President and CEO of PCCI.

 

10 March 2020

In the News: PCCI Writes the Book on Healthcare and Community Collaboration




Dallas’ leading media outlet for technology innovation, Dallas Innovates, has covered the release of PCCI’s new book “Building Communities of Care.” Click on the link below to see the whole story:

https://dallasinnovates.com/parklands-innovation-center-has-a-new-playbook-for-healthcare-and-community-collaboration/

 

9 March 2020

PCCI’s New Book Shows How To Connect Community, Medical Resources to Improve Healthcare




DALLAS – Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI), which improves healthcare for vulnerable populations using advanced data science and clinical experts, released a new book, “Building Connected Communities of Care: The Playbook for Streamlining Effective Coordination Between Medical and Community-Based Organizations.” This is a playbook that offers a step-by-step program for coordinating medical and community-based resources to change how, where and when healthcare is delivered.

“Building Connected Communities of Care” serves as a practical, how-to guide for health systems, payers, communities, philanthropic agencies, foundations, and federal and local policymakers desiring to streamline coordination and assistance efforts between medical and social services to reduce costs and improve the health, safety, and well-being of a community’s most vulnerable residents, especially those  with chronic diseases and complex social needs.

“The Building Connected Communities of Care playbook is one of the first step-by-step guides that provides specific details and steps to start taking action. The mix of lessons, practice pointers and case studies make the insights useful for communities of all shapes and sizes.”

– Elena Marks, President, Episcopal Health Foundation

“Building Connected Communities of Care” authors, Steve Miff, PhD, PCCI’s President and CEO and Keith Kosel, PhD, PCCI’s Vice President Enterprise Relationships, each have long careers leveraging advanced data science, clinical expertise and social determinants of health insights to better support population health and at-risk groups.

Much of the authors’ insights are based on their experience in Dallas, Texas, one of the first metropolitan regions to develop a comprehensive foundation for partnership between a community’s healthcare and social sectors using web-based information exchange.

“This book is a must-have for anyone seeking expert insights about how to maximize the possibilities of social determinants of health,” said Dr. Miff. “To help change healthcare from the costly, resource intensive system we have today, we need to understand that health begins where we work, live, learn, play and pray. By moving our focus upstream, it will make a significant impact on the resources and costs we experience in our current healthcare system. This book can help just about any community build a foundation for creating successful communities of care.”

The book is endorsed by Elena Marks, President, Episcopal Health Foundation; Richard (Dick) Daniels, CIO, Kaiser Permanente; and David Nash, MD, Founding Dean Emeritus at Jefferson College of Population Health, who wrote the book’s Call To Action. The book’s forward is contributed by David J. Scullin, President and CEO of the Communities Foundation of Texas.

PCCI’S “Building Connected Communities of Care” is on sale now at HIMSS Publishing and on Amazon, and is available in hardback, paperback and electronic editions.

About Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) is an independent, not-for-profit, healthcare intelligence organization affiliated with Parkland Health & Hospital System. PCCI leverages clinical expertise, data science and social determinants of health to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We believe that data, done right, has the power to galvanize communities, inform leaders, and empower people.

 

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25 February 2020

HIMSS20: PCCI experts to launch book, deliver program presentations




The experts at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) will be out in force at the HIMSS20 Convention in Orlando in March. At the event, PCCI will launch its new book, “Building Connected Communities of Care,” which is currently available in pre-sale. There will be several events where show attendees can meet with the authors and learn more about the book. These events include  book signings and presentations (see below).

Additionally, PCCI experts will deliver presentations on their cutting-edge programs at HIMSS20. See below for all of the PCCI activities.

If you are attending HIMSS20 and would like to meet with PCCI’s experts, please contact us HERE.

 

  • Author Meet & Greet, Book Signing
    • CEO Steve Miff and VP Keith Kosel (book authors)
    • Tuesday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Orlando – Orange County Convention Center, Level 2 – Lobby B

 

 

  • Building Connected Communities of Care Book Release Reception
    • Tuesday, March 10, 3-4 p.m.
    • Exhibit Floor, Hall B, Booth #2731 (Healthbox)
  • Author Meet & Greet, Book Signing
    • CEO Steve Miff and VP Keith Kosel (book authors)
    • Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Orlando – Orange County Convention Center, Level 2 – Lobby B

 

 

 

21 February 2020

PCCI Experts Share How Predictive Models Help Improve Healthcare at UT Dallas




In mid-February, the University of Texas at Dallas’s Computer Science Department hosted presentations by PCCI experts Akshay Arora and Priyanka Kharat at their weekly Community Outreach program. The presentations were delivered to UT-Dallas students, clinicians, health data scientists and technology officers from different companies interested in PCCI’s predictive models and healthcare research.

Priyanka presented “Harnessing Healthcare Data using AI/ML”; and Akshay presented on “Using Natural Language Processing in Clinical Applications.”

The audience was engaged and asked insightful questions about Sepsis prediction and post model deployment feedback from clinicians noted in Priyanka’s presentation. The design of PCCI’s cloud platform (Isthmus) and the way the company created a healthcare domain specific platform for machine learning was very well received.

During Akshay’s presentation, he discussed how PCCI leveraged clinical NLP for understanding the VTE prophylaxis and SDOH to understand our patient cohorts.  The audience was particularly inquisitive about the extension and the generalization of PCCI’s clinical NLP models for multiple hospitals.