BMJ Journals: 5 Methods and tools for situational awareness and equitable decision-making during COVID-19

Read a presentation abstract, co-authored by PCCI’s Steve Miff, that highlights the evolution of PCCI’s COVID-19 vulnerability index to the nationwide Community Protection Index.

Background The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical and ongoing need for leaders across health care, public health, and government to have real-time, hyper-local data. These data need to be relevant and meaningful across multiple sectors. Moreover, data are most likely to be useful when they facilitate connections across systems, enable situational awareness, and drive equitable decision making.

Other authors of the presentation include members from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, PCCI, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Civitas Networks for Health.


KERA NEWS: Childhood asthma seeing some improvement, Dallas County hospital says

Dr. Yolande Pengetnze

KERA News is reporting that from June 2020 to May 2022, there were 36% fewer emergency department visits for asthma among children in the program, compared to children with similar asthma risk whose families did not get the texts.

“Asthma is a lifelong disease,” Dr. Yolande Pengetnze of PCCI told KERA. “However, it is controllable. And once it’s controlled, you can lead a normal life without having to think about asthma.”

HFMA: Reimagining the Patient-Caregiver Relationship

Read PCCI’s CEO Steve Miff’s views in an article posted by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) called “Reimagining the Patient-Caregiver Relationship”:

PCCI uses data to identify broad clusters of patients who have clinical, socioeconomic and demographic characteristics in common. Integrated practice units care for specific clusters — bringing together “the right specialties, support services, you create a virtual behavioral health consult and are able to holistically bring all those together to treat the whole person,” Miff said.

COVID-19 Update for December 7, 2023

On December 7, PCCI’s CEO Steve Miff Tweeted out the following COVID-19 update for Dallas County:

The trends over the last few weeks are worth noting. Since the November 21st report, positive active cases have increased by 94% for the whole population and 56% for the pediatric cohort.

Covid-19 lab positivity for both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing increased to over 10% each (waste water testing data supports lab tests with sharply rising levels at Bachman) showing the folowing:

• Covid-19 hospitalizations jumped week-over-week by over 106% across Dallas County and 83% in the broader North Texas region

• Accounting for all the typical fall/winter cases, the elevated respiratory conditions, and Covid-19, hospital bed occupancy rate is over 92%.

We will likely see a couple more jump in cases over the next few weeks and then likely bigger jumps towards Christmas and New Year. The magnitude for UK was 2x and Singapore 4x from baselines, but both of those regions have higher vaccination rates.

• Only ~7.7% of the Dallas population has received the bivalent boosters (compared to 7.7% across Texas and 12.1% nationally).
• Bivalent vaccinations continue to be low:
• Only 25% of residents 65 years and older and;
• Only ~7% of the above 5 years old population receiving a booster.



PCCI CEO Steve Miff named Outstanding Healthcare Innovator

D CEO posts all the winners of its recent Excellence in Healthcare Awards, where PCCI’s CEO Steve Miff was named Outstanding Healthcare Innovator: “Steve Miff is one of the most innovative leaders in the Dallas healthcare community. His organization has guided the community through COVID-19 by graphing everything from outbreaks to vulnerability with its unique software that has been mimicked all over the country.”

Congratulations to the PCCI team for the work it produced to earn this award and to all the finalists who are committed to serving our community.

Media Coverage: Hospital Frequent Flyers: The North Texas Solution

D Magazine examines how PCCI coordinated a five-year communitywide effort to reduce costs and ER usage for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Hospital Frequent Flyers: The North Texas Solution

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation and its partners are on a mission to address this perennial problem; it took years of theoretical planning and put it into action. Here is what it did.

“The initiative proved the theory correct. The program delivered savings compared to not addressing these needs and paying for the healthcare consequences. In addition, individuals who received follow-up care went to the emergency room less than a comparable control group and utilized the hospital less during the navigation and in the 12 months following the interaction.”




PCCI has been named as a finalist for the D CEO and Dallas Innovates’ fourth annual Innovation Awards

PCCI has been named as a finalist for the D CEO and Dallas Innovates’ fourth annual Innovation Awards. The program honors companies, CEOs, CIOS, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and other leaders who are helping to make Dallas-Fort Worth an innovation hub. PCCI is nominated in the “Innovation in Healthcare” category for its approach to supporting the community through the COVID-19 outbreak, its support for pediatric asthma patients, its preterm birth prevention programs and the management of the managing the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model in Dallas County.

All finalists will be recognized in the January/February issue of D CEO magazine and online at; winners will be revealed at an event in January.


Stat News: PCCI CEO Steve Miff co-authors article on HHS’s proposed rule prohibiting discrimination via algorithm

A team of clinical, regulatory, innovation, technical, and operational leaders at health systems across the United States, including PCCI’s Steve Miff, comment on HHS’s proposed rule prohibiting discrimination via algorithm needs strengthening.

“We share HHS’s goal of ensuring that clinical algorithms advance health equity and protect civil rights. Yet we are also keenly aware of the work necessary to achieve that goal. We highlight here three features of the proposed rule that limit the ability of any health system to comply with it, and offer recommendations to strengthen the proposed rule to prevent discrimination.”–tVxn5g2y7k3BMO_wkKqCKRLSpoutHVNCTFF3n9jh-EzhXo0NVpEdVp6O9XBY7jYY1cWMi41_0_2ac1IuWVPaPZfZXI4K83v4sy6qKPLrgvpldL2s