HIMSS24 preview: Utilizing cross-sector collaboration to enhance public well being

Following COVID-19, Accenture and a staff of corporations crafted options to assist Dallas County Well being and Human Providers (DCHHS) guarantee long-term preparedness to handle future public well being challenges.

Rachel Oldham, supervisor at Accenture, will focus on what the staff has been engaged on to handle DCHHS’s wants in a session at HIMSS World Convention & Exhibition in Orlando subsequent week entitled “Dallas County Public Well being Illness Surveillance and Investigation System.”

Oldham shared highlights of the upcoming session with MobiHealthNews and what Oldham and her fellow panelists hope attendees will takeaway from the dialogue. 

MobiHealthNews: Are you able to inform us about your HIMSS24 upcoming session and what you’ll focus on?

Rachel Oldham: We can be co-presenting with the director of Dallas County Well being and Human Providers (DCHHS), Dr. Huang, on the illness modernization efforts that the mixed staff has been engaged on during the last 3.5 years. 

The primary half of the dialog can be Dr. Huang protecting the mission’s background, greatest practices, and the answer overview at a excessive degree. 

I am going to then take the viewers by a platform demo highlighting among the main options that Accenture constructed out primarily based on DCHHS aims. A few of these options we’ll be taking a look at embody areas the place we diminished handbook efforts, speaking by among the integrations which have been arrange, explaining information governance actions that happen and the way we offer investigators a 360 diploma view of affected person data. 

We’ll end up the dialog by protecting the outcomes and enhancements these efforts have had on DCHHS in addition to public well being influence. With any time remaining, we hope to reply questions and open the dialog as much as alternatives for collaboration and concepts for enchancment. 

MHN: What is exclusive about Dallas County’s Surveillance System? Does it assist the private and non-private healthcare sectors?

Oldham: Dallas County’s Surveillance System is a exceptional answer constructed to deal with over 2.6 million residents, bigger than some states. 

With the management of Dr. Huang, Dallas County working with Accenture, has been in a position to do issues that many different native jurisdictions and even states haven’t had the flexibility to do. 

The system is ready to function a complete system that integrates a number of public well being and social providers information collectively, breaking down totally different information silos. It types a supply of fact that investigators are in a position to leverage to deal with how they will higher tackle the general public well being subject reasonably than spending the time on handbook steps to ingest, arrange, cleanse and report the knowledge. 

The system at present helps public well being, with the staff trying into a wide range of pilots to enhance interoperability with healthcare supplier providers, equivalent to adopting Quick Healthcare Interoperability Assets (FHIR) primarily based trade and/or Trusted Trade Framework and Frequent Settlement (TEFCA) sooner or later.

MHN: What do you hope attendees study out of your session?

Oldham: Collaboration has been key for each the Accenture and DCHHS groups on this illness modernization mission. The purpose is to have a mutually useful presentation and dialog on these efforts, as it’s one thing that your complete trade is going through.

Because the presenters, we’re hoping to achieve precious insights from the attendees on issues they’ve seen of their reporting and day-to-day processes that may assist higher our answer. 

From the attendees viewpoint, we hope our session sparks some concepts of how they will improve their workflows, showcase totally different collaboration alternatives, and doubtlessly achieve answer concepts for the long run.

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