denise_galbraith_headshotBy Client Experience Manager, Denise Galbraith

In the healthcare world, we talk a lot about what’s best for patients, and rightfully so. However, the word patient sounds so far removed. In reality, you are a patient. I am a patient. Our parents are patients. Everyone we love and care about is a patient. This game-changing perspective was first introduced to me by my friend, e-Patient Dave. Needless to say, it blew my mind.

 Dr. Vikranta Sharma is VNA Health Group’s hospice and palliative care medical director. In her role, Dr. Sharma is responsible for a lot. She spearheads care planning, staff education, attending physician coordination, quality assurance and home health to hospice bridging. The last-mentioned aspect of her role, home health to hospice bridging, entails educating and increasing awareness about palliative and hospice care among physicians, nurses, patients and families.

A passionate advocate of hospice care, Dr. Sharma says:

[row][col sm_width="10" sm_offset="1"]Nashville Business Journal Winner: 10-25 employees Dan Hogan CEO, Medalogix Medalogix is a health data analysis firm focused on the reduction of hospital readmissions from post-acute settings like home health or skilled nursing. The company uses artificial intelligence constructs to mine clinical and medication data to identify those patients that are most at risk.[/col][/row]

[row][col sm_width="10" sm_offset="1"] Alternate Solutions HomeCare (ASH) directors reported a 35.9% average rate decrease in 30-day hospital readmissions from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter three of 2012. One factor directors at ASH attribute the dramatic decrease to, is the use of Medalogix predictive modeling software, which has enabled them to specify and streamline appropriate clinical interventions.[/col][/row]

[row][col sm_width="10" sm_offset="1"]Predictive Modeling News, January 2013 by Dan Hogan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Medalogix Predictive modeling is not a new tool in healthcare. While it is just now being meaningfully applied in the home health segment of the healthcare industry, predictive modeling has been used on the claims and benefits side of the business for years. However, the data available for analysis and the manner in which that analysis is being utilized in healthcare is new. The driver of this change is the initiation of pay-for-performance healthcare triggered by the Affordable Care Act.[/col][/row]