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Case for clinical-integration accreditation

This FierceHealthcare piece looks at the case for earning clinical-integration accreditation, taking Phoenix Children’s Hospital and its Phoenix Children’s Care Network (PCCN) as a case study.

PCCN  became the first  U.S. pediatric network  to earn URAC accreditation as a clinically integrated network. URAC is a nonprofit organization that develops evidence-based measures and standards through inclusive engagement.  This  PCCN accreditation signifies a commitment to better care, processes and patient outcomes as well as  cost savings for patients, their families and the  wider community.

The  Fierce piece reports:

“PCCN’s first order of business was to develop one of the nation’s first pediatric-dedicated clinically integrated organizations (CIO). The PCCN pediatric CIO is rooted in the development of a robust quality-improvement program with accountability among independent physicians and the connected health system. It rewards and integrates physician members around a common commitment to quality measures based on scientific evidence and cost improvement.”

“In just a few short years, the PCCN model has grown to be Arizona’s largest children’s care coordination network and one of the nation’s premier pediatric CIOs.”

URAC’s basic clinical-integration accreditation standards are, as paraphrased by Fierce, are:

  • “A governing structure that provides compliance and oversight.
  • “Top-down organizational alignment that ensures business arrangements are patient-centric and structured around improving outcomes, quality and costs.
  • “Care coordination built around a population health mindset.
  • “An integrated IT infrastructure that enables information exchange and data aggregation.

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Healthcare IT in 2016


This article  by John Halamka in tech-focused MedCity News makes predictions for health IT in 2016. They include, here in stripped-down form:

1. “Population health will finally be defined and implemented.”

2. “Security threats will increase.”
3. “The workflow of EHRs will be re-defined. ”

4. “Email will gradually be replaced by groupware.”

5. “Market forces will be more potent than regulation.”

6. “Apps will layer on top of transactional systems empowered by FHIR {Fast Health Interoperability Resources}.”

7. “Infrastructure will be increasingly commoditized.”

8. “Less functionality with greater usability will shape purchasing decisions.”

9. “The role of the CIO will evolve from provisioner/tech expert to service procurer and governance runner.”

10. “The healthcare industry will realize that IT investments must rise for organizations to meet customer expectations, survive bundled payment reimbursement methods, and create decision support/big data wisdom.”


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