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Greater Cincinnati is Healthy by Design in 2018 cincinnati is the city to watch for HEALTHCARE innovation

The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region has poised itself as a model for health & healthcare improvement in 2018

As we wrap up the month of January, we've been reflecting on a great 2017 and all that's yet to come this year. A number of innovative solutions, pilot programs, and regional partnerships, combined with ongoing challenges around population health outcomes, have coalesced in recent years to make Cincinnati a test kitchen for advancements addressing the nation’s toughest healthcare challenges.Scroll down to learn more and read our 2018 predictions!

Greater Cincinnati is unique among U.S. cities in that it has seen long-term, multi-sector collaboration for decades

Since long before “collective impact” was a social engineering concept and non-profit buzzword, Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky health systems and care providers have been working alongside employers, insurance companies, community and faith organizations, foundations, educators, and consumers to solve complex issues that no one group could solve on its own.

We're building innovative technology solutions to improve workflow and inform decision-making; designing programs that leverage the community’s assets; and drawing a blueprint for better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. The goal is for Greater Cincinnati to be a healthier community in the long-term, or:

Healthy by design

The Health Collaborative is a Cincinnati-based non-profit that acts as a neutral convener for data-driven health & healthcare improvement work. We engage those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care to find mutual solutions to some of healthcare’s most challenging problems. To that end, we’ve been hard at work laying the foundation for some exciting programs and initiatives happening throughout 2018.

Prediction: "The Greater Cincinnati region will experience enhanced alignment of multiple healthcare initiatives, providing seamless orchestrated delivery of health and wellness care throughout the community. We’ll realize a heightened level of holistic and equitable care which will foster the efforts necessary to meet basic human needs, enhance quality of life, and improve the health and well-being of our community." - Tiffany Mattingly, Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at The Health Collaborative

Addressing social determinants of health

From the partnerships formed under the architecture of our Gen-H collective impact initiative, Greater Cincinnati has been selected to test a new model of care delivery to address social determinants of health, known as the Accountable Health Community.

Prediction: "We will continue to face uncertainty around healthcare access and affordability into the foreseeable future. This uncertainty will highlight the many strengths and resources of local healthcare and social service providers." - Kate Haralson MPH, Manager, Clinical Quality Improvement

Improving population health

With help from our partners, we've solidified the three building blocks of Gen-H with Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Plus, the Accountable Health Community model, and place-based health initiatives.

Prediction: "Social service agencies will be better resourced and better connected with clinical care, resulting in improved health outcomes for the community. Health systems and health departments will work together to identify the health needs of our region through a joint Community Health Needs Assessment. Leaders in priority neighborhoods will have technical assistance and data from The Health Collaborative to help them identify and respond to the most pressing health and wellness needs of their residents. Health, business, neighborhood, and philanthropic leaders will work together to fund, support, and expand Gen-H." - Kiana Trabue, Executive Director, Gen-H

Promoting patient-centered care

Building on the success of the CPC Classic pilot, we’re leading one of the largest payment demonstration projects in the country – CPC+ puts more primary care practices at the center of patient-focused care for quality improvement and healthcare cost-savings.

Prediction: "I predict that we will experience setbacks in coverage and access, but that we will emerge at the other end of these uncertain times with unparalleled clarity and inspired drive to build and improve our healthcare infrastructure." - Kate Haralson MPH, Manager, Clinical Quality Improvement

Expanding health information exchange

Working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we’re designing and testing a multi-state health data exchange model that overcomes some of the barriers faced by healthcare providers in getting complete information about a patient’s medical history.

Prediction: "Patients’ medical records will follow them from one care setting to another regardless of where they receive care across the region, improving care delivery and the patient’s experience of care. Providers will have more efficient access to a given patient's medical information, allowing them to make better-informed decisions in partnership with patients and their care teams." - Jason W. Buckner, SVP, Informatics

Addressing the opioid epidemic

Consensus has been reached among the Chief Medical Officers of the six major Greater Cincinnati health systems to move forward on the planning and execution of four strategies addressing the opioid crisis. They have identified a set of agreed-upon and shared clinical strategies for prevention, intervention, and treatment that would have regional impact.

Prediction: “Our regional hospitals and health systems will continue to demonstrate leadership in addressing the opioid crisis, committing their clinical leadership to implementing shared protocols and refining overarching strategies. As we continue to strive for regional impact in opioid response efforts within our communities and health systems, The Health Collaborative will offer ongoing support toward ensuring a sustained solution for our community.” - Sara Bolton, Sr. Director, Programs & Services

Building a healthcare workforce pipeline

We launched a new Healthcare Workforce Innovation service line in 2017 called TAP Health, built to help create a more robust and diverse pipeline of healthcare talent for the region with strategies designed by our members to address the reduction of health disparities and improvement of equity of care through clinical quality improvement efforts.

In November of 2017, 600+ Greater Cincinnati students attended HealthFORCE – our new healthcare careers expo for high school students – representing schools from private, public, and tech-based schools located in Hamilton, Warren, and Butler counties, as well as Southeast Indiana & Northern Kentucky. Similar events are now in the works for Spring & Fall of 2018.

Prediction: "In 2018, as we grow our Healthcare Workforce Innovation programming to include all healthcare careers, we'll see a surge in interest and activity from our provider membership, area educational institutions, and even MORE high school students across the region! Our mission to promote careers in the health sector will lead to a more robust healthcare career pipeline, and cement Greater Cincinnati's place in attracting top talent and a wide diversity of candidates to our area." - Heleena McKinney, Manager, Healthcare Workforce Innovation

Recognizing healthcare innovators, movers, and shakers

In November of each year, we host the Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration. Those who have made significant contributions to improving healthcare in Greater Cincinnati are recognized for their innovations in population health, informatics, and quality improvement. The annual Hoxworth Blood Drive award winners are also announced. In 2017, we were joined by more than 320 members, partners, and community stakeholders at The Renaissance downtown. We can't wait to do it again in 2018!

Prediction: "We're striving to bring even more energy and excitement to the Inspire event in 2018! Considering the many technological innovations and cutting-edge healthcare improvement efforts happening across Greater Cincinnati, it's clear we'll have no shortage of good work to recognize. We're planning a very special event with lots of new features in a new location for the event, and we can't wait to share them with you in the fall - stay tuned for more!" - Amy Goetz, Communications Manager

Providing value-added services

Our Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) boasts more than 27 years serving its 150+ member organizations across four contract categories: Energy & Infrastructure, Food Service, Patient Services, and Professional Services. More than 65% of the 18 contract partners are local businesses, generating over $30M in annual sales volume and saving GPO members a total of $4M+ in estimated savings.

Prediction: "An important goal for 2018 is to increase the diversity of our GPO contract partners and member organizations. We will work with our partners to showcase efforts to increase diverse spend across the region, while tracking toward individual member and regional goals. Attracting businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, and other protected classes, while emphasizing the importance of equitable solutions around accessibility and REL (race, ethnicity, and language), will help to foster an atmosphere of opportunity and accessibility regardless of race, class, gender, or other status." - Mary Maune, Account Manager, Large Accounts

The Health Collaborative and countless others across the region are working daily to build a healthier Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Whether that’s through innovative applications of health information technology, new patient safety and quality improvement protocols, or designing workplace wellness and population health programs...

The Greater Cincinnati region will be a healthcare improvement innovator to watch in 2018

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