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by Cerner Corporation
Published on September 27, 2017

In any health care organization, healthy patients and efficient hospitals depend on streamlining clinical workflows and managing the business of care. These four clinical sessions at Cerner Health Conference 2017 will explore ways to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.

1. ECD Collaborative: Understanding What is ESSENTIAL Documentation Within the EHR (Session #679)

Darinda Sutton, chief nursing officer of East Premier at Cerner

Amy Rosa, chief nursing information officer at Baptist Health

April Giard, system vice president and chief nursing information officer at Eastern Maine Health System

As EHR use, technologies, regulatory requirements and clinical practice have evolved in the health care industry, there has been limited rigor established to govern clinical content of nursing documentation within the EHR. This session focuses on the work that Cerner and the Essential Clinical Dataset client collaborative have done to reduce the noise with Cerner's Model system and define the essential clinical dataset (ECD) for nursing via practice based evidence.

Dr. Amy Rosa has been a registered nurse for 22 years, and has pursued positions in the health care industry in which she can make a difference in the quality of care and safety of the patients in her community.

April Giard has more than 20 years of experience in health care. She has focused her efforts on leading change to better care for patients.

2. Maximizing Patient Throughput by Automating Your Patient Flow Process (Session #799)

Andrea Hall, director of clinical informatics at Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Kara Hess, manager of the nursing resource department at Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Effective patient throughput is key to increasing revenue, improving organizational efficiency and providing a positive patient experience. In this session, speakers from Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) will share how they use capacity and workforce management solutions in a centralized logistics center to help them improve patient throughput, communication among caregivers and patient safety.

Andrea Hall's clinical experience and front-line physician liaison experience has enabled her to manage staff and physicians at all levels, as well as implement diverse projects.

Kara Hess has been managing the nursing resource department at SMMC for nearly three years and has successfully streamlined processes utilizing the Cerner Clairvia and Capacity Management applications.

3. UAB Health System Integrates Oncology Patient-centric Care (Session #895)

Dr. Gabrielle Rocque, assistant professor of medicine, Divisions of Hematology & Oncology and Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System

Terri Salter, director of business operations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) shares the value of advanced oncology care tools within Cerner's PowerChart Oncology. UAB was able to achieve comprehensive oncology care by utilizing one of the components of Advanced Oncology Care Tools, Carevive. This enabled care teams to personalize treatment decision making and standardize symptoms assessment and management guidance while on active treatment and throughout the survivorship phase based on relevant clinical, patient-reported health data and clinical evidence. Speakers from UAB will share how they achieved these results and how Carevive optimized the care team's workflow by putting the patient-reported data in front of the clinicians.

Dr. Gabrielle Rocque is a medical oncologist specializing in the care of women with breast cancer. She is the medical director for the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network and a member of the UAB's Oncology Care Model Steering Committee.

Terri Salter is responsible for planning, directing and implementing strategic initiatives and program operations for targeted oncology value-based payment models to deliver quality and patient-centered care balanced with responsible economics.

4. Appropriate Use Criteria: Using Evidence-based Medicine to Provide Better Care (Session #442)

Dr. Ryan Lee, magnetic resonance medical director and section chief of neuroradiology at Einstein Healthcare Network

Dr. Daniel Durand, chairman of radiology, executive director of clinical alignment strategy at LifeBridge Health

Patti Brossard, senior strategist for imaging at Cerner

Joe Price, healthcare regulatory strategist at Cerner

This presentation will provide an overview of the regulatory timeline to implement the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) of the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Program, along with workflows and processes that will help hospitals and health systems successfully meet the regulations. Speakers from various health care organizations will speak about key strategies they are taking to ensure their hospitals and health systems will be ready to begin on day one. Attendees will also learn how this program impacts treatment of patients and what factors need to be considered when ordering and billing for advanced diagnostic images.

Cerner Health Conference (CHC) is Cerner's annual, industry-leading health care event, taking place this year from Oct. 9 - 12 at the Kansas City Convention Center. To learn more or to register for the conference and sign up for education sessions, visit the CHC website.

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