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Premier Healthcare Alliance & Clinical Architecture Partnership

Written by Charlie Harp

February 15, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Clinical Architecture partner to help hospitals better understand and use health information across providers

Normalization and comparison of data will assist clinicians in making faster, more informed decisions in treating patients, improving population health.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Charlotte, NC and Carmel, IN (February 15, 2012) – A new partnership between the Premier healthcare alliance and Clinical Architecture will help providers better understand and use health information to support healthier communities.

From accountable care to shared savings to value-based purchasing, new models of care delivery and reimbursement require healthcare data to be connected across hospitals and other care settings such as physician offices. This will better support performance measurement across the entire continuum of care. But today, health data is often not complete or connected, with health indicators in different formats making comparison difficult.

The 2,500 hospitals and 81,000 other care settings of the Premier alliance will benefit from Premier and Clinical Architecture normalizing healthcare data from various sources to a common standard. Premier is using Clinical Architecture’s automated data mapping capabilities to take disparate data from across Premier alliance members and map it to industry standard vocabularies. In cases where and industry standard doesn’t exist, data will be mapped into Premier alliance standards.

As a result, health systems will have a unified view of their healthcare performance. The resulting analysis will inform care decisions and improve clinical outcomes while supporting new care delivery models.

“Effectively caring for the health of a population requires IT systems to be interoperable, with data flowing seamlessly between them. Today, many healthcare systems don’t have the capabilities to do this,” said Keith J. Figlioli, senior vice president of healthcare informatics at Premier, an InformationWeek 500 top technology innovator. “This partnership allows care givers to translate unique healthcare data across all providers so that predictive models can alert providers to opportunities for intervention – such as patients at risk for infection or other potential harm. Data interoperability like this is a key component to support an enhanced, integrated care delivery system.”

Premier, a hospital-owned performance improvement alliance, leads two nationwide collaboratives helping providers transition to coordinated care models that deliver increased value and improve the health status of communities. Clinical Architecture is an innovative technology provider with extensive clinical content experience focused on solving healthcare’s terminology integration and clinical decision support challenges.

"Premier uses innovative technology to provide quality services to their members. It means a great deal to us for them to choose Symedical® Server to be a part of their solution,” said Charlie Harp, CEO for Clinical Architecture. “Through our partnership Premier members will have an unprecedented understanding of each patient’s medical information, allowing them to enhance care delivery, improve clinical quality measures, and enable data interoperability. As a result, they will have the information they need to support an integrated care delivery program.”

Clinical Architecture’s Symedical® Server will be integrated to manage terminology normalization to support improved data interpretation and aggregation. Symedical® Server's Content Model Manager provides Premier with an unprecedented ability to create data relationships that enhance the understanding and usability of clinical information for clinicians at member organizations. These technologies leverage the power of health information as actionable data that helps health organizations succeed in the emerging environment of information-driven, value-based care delivery models.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 81,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Clinical Architecture

Clinical Architecture specializes in meeting the integration and interoperability needs of healthcare through the development of innovative and practical solutions to healthcare’s most pressing technical challenges. The company was formed around the extensive clinical integration experience of its staff and has consistently succeeded in addressing complex problems with effective pragmatic solutions. Informative discussions on a variety of health information technology topics are available at the company’s Healthcare IT Blog. SYMEDICAL is a registered trademark of Clinical Architecture.