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Community Health Network of WV & MedLynks A Case Study. Vivian Kost, CHNWV World VistA Meeting June 16, 2007. Who Are We?. The Network is a tax-exempt, non-profit health center- controlled West Virginia corporation.

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community health network of wv medlynks a case study

Community Health Network of WV& MedLynksA Case Study

Vivian Kost, CHNWV

World VistA Meeting

June 16, 2007

who are we
Who Are We?
  • The Network is a tax-exempt, non-profit health center- controlled West Virginia corporation.
  • The nineteen Network member health center organizations collectively provide services to over 120,000 patients in 32 of West Virginia’s 55 counties each year, with 78 delivery sites and nearly 400,000 patient encounters annually. 
  • Our member health centers provided over $40 million in health care services last year, with 70% of this care to Medicare, Medicaid and uninsured patients. 
the health of west virginians
The Health of West Virginians
  • Of West Virginia adults:
    • 64% are obese or overweight;
    • 32.4% have high blood pressure (with another 28% at-risk due to hypertension);
    • 37.5% have high cholesterol;
    • 28.2% are current smokers;
    • 9.8% have been diagnosed with diabetes (and another 3% are undiagnosed diabetics);
    • 40% are pre-diabetic; and
    • 85% have one or more risk factors for chronic disease.
  • (Source: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources)
why focus on health improvement
Why Focus on Health Improvement?

West Virginia Ranks 50th in the percent of adults under age 65 limited in any activities because of physical, mental or emotional problems!

(Source: Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2007)

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Why Focus on Health Improvement?

Patient

It’s about the economy, stupid!

Our members have joined together in a health improvement project… the EHR is one of the tools used to help patients improve their overall health thru the use of Planned Care.

how can a system help
How Can a System Help?

All the right care,

at the right time,

in the right way,

every time!

chnwv health improvement project
CHNWV Health Improvement Project
  • The Network and its members have identified a number of significant health improvement opportunities and have targeted:
    • diabetes,
    • cardiovascular risk reduction,
    • depression,
    • weight management and physical activity,
    • asthma; and
    • cessation of tobacco use
why explore open source
Why Explore Open Source?
  • The use of a predominantly Open Source solution, allowed us to use a larger percentage of our available dollars for implementation vs. acquisition.
  • Use of public domain solution reduces software licensing fees (some licensing applies for certain applications and national codes, i.e., CPT, ICD);
  • Flexibility
  • Support Community
  • Access to national templates and tools of IHS and VA reduces some set-up costs;
why a network
Why a Network?
  • Centralized hosting reduces hardware cost;
  • Centralized support and staffing, reducing ongoing support costs and clinical application support;
  • Training Resources
  • Sharing Community
  • Common Challenges and Needs
what do vendors need to know
What do Vendors Need to Know?
  • In 2004, 914 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) provided medical and dental primary care services to 13.1 million patients.

Almost 10,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives provided care.

Study found that EHR-related benefits for most CHCs did not pay for ongoing EHR costs, yet quality improvement (QI) was substantial.

  • Making some rough assumptions, CHCs will need $550 million–$1.1 billion, or $55–$110 million per year spread over ten years, to pay for EHRs, including technical and organizational assistance.
  • Assumptions include a ten-year EHR implementation period in the CHC sector, $35,000–$50,000 per FTE provider in initial costs, and an average $5,000–$15,000 per provider net annual cost in the first four years post-implementation.
  • Source: The Value Of Electronic Health Records In Community Health Centers: Policy ImplicationsHealth Affairs, 26, no. 1 (2007): 206-214
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What do Vendors Need to Know?
  • Initial EHR costs per FTE billing provider averaged almost $54,000.
  • 30% hardware ($17,022)
  • 28% software ($15,697)
  • 22% installation/training ($11,999)
  • 12% lost productivity ($6,763)
  • 8% other/connectivity (4,164)
  • Ongoing costs per FTE provider per year averaged $20,610.
  • Initial costs averaged $16.20 per medical encounter and ongoing costs averaged $6.21 per medical encounter
  • CHCs had higher EHR costs and lower financial benefits, and they made much greater QI efforts.
  • Source: The Value Of Electronic Health Records In Community Health Centers: Policy ImplicationsHealth Affairs, 26, no. 1 (2007): 206-214
how does the cost differ
How does the cost differ?
  • Average cost is $4,000 per FTE (compared to $26,000 in the Health Affairs study) for set-up and training, less under ASP standard configuration deployment;
  • On-going cost is $200 to $400 per FTE per month (compared to $1,400 in Health Affairs study).
what have we learned so far
What Have We Learned So Far?

It’s not a product….

…it’s a PROCESS!

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What Have We Learned So Far?

How much you “get” is determined by how much you’re willing to “give.”

challenges
Challenges
  • Hardware & Connectivity in largely rural constituency.
  • Provider Acceptance
  • Complexity of RPMS
  • Understanding what you REALLY need from a vendor
  • Finding qualified support staff
  • Site Preparation
  • Streamlining change management process
  • It’s a process not a product!!!