Population Health Bootcamp at UCSD

Population Health Bootcamp in lecture hall

By Amy Sitapati, MD.  UC San Diego Health sponsored a boot camp for Population Health and Value-Based Analytics on August 24 and 25, 2017. Addressing both technical and strategic directions of value-based care delivery, the conference attracted more than 120 participants. Attendees came from around the nation, and many were from all five UC campus’s academic medical centers, safety net hospitals, and children’s hospitals.

Dr. Christopher Longhurst, chief information officer at UC San Diego Health, gave the opening address, inviting participants to move the needle on health outcomes by using the electronic medical record as a “therapeutic tool.” Other participants included chief medical information officers, chief medical officers, and experts in information services.

Training topics included the strategic, such as “A Call to Action – Value Driven Care,” by Dr. George Louie, chief medical officer for the UC Self-Insured Plans; the technical, such as “Getting Fully Stacked – Registry Architecture and Metrics,” led by Michael Klade, analyst at UC San Diego Health; and the visionary, such as “Futures – Taking Analytics and Population Health to the Next Level,” by Dr. Amy Sitapati, chief medical information officer of UC San Diego Health – Population Health.

Some key themes really resonated with participants:

  1. Improve patient experience and design systems that take the “Mountain to Muhammad.” (Dr. George Louie)
  2. Expand management related to costs for specialty care in the areas of cancer, neurology, and behavior. (Dr. George Louie)
  3. Devise campaigns around specific disease management using complete integrated electronic health records. (Mark Pingel, Epic Healthy Planet research and development lead)
  4. Recognize that building sturdy population health infrastructure takes time, clinician engagement, and focus. (Jennifer Holland, director of UC San Diego Health Enterprise Reporting)
  5. Reframe the complex and integrated approach of population health into “one slide” that communicates your organization’s approach. (Ryan Peck, manager IT EMR Knowledge Management, UC Davis)
  6. Supersize your population health approach to include value models that demonstrate build, use, and impact. (Barbara Berkovich, UC San Diego Health Population Health Manager)
  7. Believe that the journey is worth the trek. Align people, process, and technology to improve health delivery ad patient outcomes. (Dr. Amy Sitapati)
  8. Foster collaboration – the road is much easier together. (Dr. Amy Sitapati)

Feature photo credit: Dr. Christopher Longhurst, chief information officer, UC San Diego Health

Amy SitapatiAmy Sitapati, MD, is a clinical professor of Medicine with joint appointments in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at UC San Diego Health, and chief medical information officer – Population Health.



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