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Evon Holladay, CHI

CHI aims to tap data analytics to ID health risks

By Joseph Conn
Posted: April 10, 2013 - 1:15 pm ET

Catholic Health Initiatives is addressing its current health information technology needs by looking to the future.

CHI plans to develop an information management infrastructure and data analytics capabilities to identify “at-risk factors among patient populations” as well as “be applied to future quality-measurement programs, including care management, clinical integration, managed care and value-based purchasing,” the Englewood, Colo.-based Roman Catholic healthcare network said in an announcement. Technology consultant Accenture is assisting CHI in what it is calling a “nine-month initiative,” extending what's already been a year-long engagement.

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CHI hospitals range in size and location between tiny and rural 17-bed Albany Area Hospital and Medical Center in Albany, Minn., (population 2,575, 85 miles northwest of Minneapolis) and large, urban, 567-bed Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, various levels of EHR adoption, and systems from multiple vendors, said Evon Holladay, its vice president of enterprise intelligence.

“We don't care what source systems it came through,” Holladay said. Each site has what she called domain stewards and technical steward that are accountable to ensuring data coming the organization has been “normalized,” she said. “We look at consistency, completeness and accuracy.”

“The primary thing is standing up a data architecture that can work across the continuum,” including data from inpatient, ambulatory and long-term care, she said. “That's why we're building the architecture first.”

“We're still a year and a half away to completing the implementation,” she said. “We're starting to build out predictive models for patient at high risk (of) readmission and pushing it back into the EHRs. That gets people focused on the benefit. You start playing back some of the reporting things, then you have hope.”

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