When it comes to clinical analytics, the more data, the better. HIMSS attendees can learn about an innovative state-wide collaborative improvement effort that has removed unwanted variation, cut costs and improved quality across multiple specialties by pooling together claims data on the types of surgical and specialty care that represent two-thirds of the U.S. health care bill annually.

“For many years, health system leaders have had little motivation to worry about variation in either cost or quality, but in the current environment, the risk associated with uneven cost and quality has moved from payers to hospitals,” says the presenter, John Birkmeyer, M.D., a surgeon who directs the University of Michigan’s Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy and also founded the analytics firm ArborMetrix. He also has served in advisory roles for CMS and the ACS-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, and chairs the Leapfrog Group’s expert panel on evidence-based hospital referral.

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