Here are some highlights from Health Data Management's Healthcare Analytics Symposium, which took place last week in Chicago:

“Forty percent of hospitals will miss the nuance and put themselves at financial risk.”
--James Gaston, senior director, HIMSS Analytics, on ICD-10.

“Employers are saying, 'We need you to work together.'”
--Swati Abbot, CEO, Blue Health Intelligence, on market expectations of providers and health plans.

“The key question to ask is: Who is a risk-bearing entity?”
--Brian Kelly, M.D., head of informatics, Aetna, explaining how the divisions among patients, providers, and health plans are blurring.

“Transparency is here to stay. If you are a provider with high cost, the market will punish you.”
--Brian Kelly, M.D., head of informatics, Aetna, on how quality metrics will become visible—and predominant—in the industry.

“It is very much ‘click the damn button.’”
--Krishna Ramachandran, CIO, DuPage Medical Group, on how physicians dismiss meaningful use documentation requirements.

“You are going to make some changes that will not make some people happy. You will begin to hit some interference pretty quick.”
--Rick Schooler, vice president and CIO, Orlando Health, on the inevitable pushback across enterprise analytics efforts that supplant proprietary data sources.

“The medical record has devolved from a tool doctors use to communicate with each other to a tool of administrative activity.”
--Lynn Witherspoon, M.D., system vice president and chief medical information officer, Ochsner Health System, on how legal, billing and other departments use the patient chart.

“Fee-for-service will go away sooner than you think.”
--Grace Terrell, M.D., CEO, Cornerstone Health Care, on looming changes in reimbursement norms.

“Health care is a stubborn mule and we are trying to attach a jet pack to it.”
--Audience member on the slow pace of industry change.

“Information is the fuel that powers change. We are simultaneously awash in information and bereft of it. So, how do we use data effectively without overwhelming people?"
--Bernadette Loftus, M.D., associate executive director for the Mid-Atlantic States, Permanente Medical Group

“Data aggregation isn’t the focus, data agreement is. Get the people who need to agree on definitions in a room and get to work.”
--Tom Davenport, author, Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results, stressing a big challenge to successful use of analytics. 




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