Combining Clinical Performance Improvement with Outcomes Research to Ensure Evidence-Based Practice (The 2nd Outcomes Man)

Venue: NMH Conference Center

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: May 30, 2002 End Date/Time: May 31, 2002
Early Registration Date: Mar 30, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 15, 2002
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This 1.5-day conference will use a combination of lectures, hands-on instructional workshops, a panel discussion and a poster presentation to focus on three interconnected themes in outcomes management: system integration strategies, clinical implementation, and health informatics. The faculty is comprised of key leaders in the field of outcomes management and health services research. They will provide general overviews of the current status of outcomes management as well as specific workshop-based instruction on outcomes management as it is practiced across the country. The closing session will be conducted by a panel of experts on emerging privacy concerns and their impact upon outcomes management and outcomes research. Speakers representing public and private perspectives and the consumer's interests will participate in the discussion.

Who Should Attend
This conference will prove valuable for physicians who want to enhance their clinical work with an outcomes management program, for nurses seeking to upgrade clinical databases with successful outcomes management programs, for hospital administrators responsible for continuous quality improvement and continuity of care, and for health services researchers seeking to expand their capability in outcomes management.

Tracks and Objectives

System Integration Strategies: QI Initiatives to drive corporation mission Integration of clinical and management expertise can align incentives to create a "win-win" plan for quality care. This track will address the challenge of integrating acute care, with its existing quality improvement infrastructure, with outpatient and follow-up care.

Clinical Implementation: QI as a vehicle to improve patient care The most effective and efficient way to improve patient outcomes is via the implementation of clinical pathways and point-of-care reminders. This track will address the critical need to utilize QI initiatives to identify areas to allocate resources for change and to integrate QI with other departments' expertise (e.g., research database development, financial analysis) to better assess long-term effects of the treatments provided.

Health Informatics: Tools to deliver the information to evaluate quality To properly measure quality of care, one needs an information system to track and measure change in a confidential and accurate way. This track will focus on creating and maintaining a working, user-friendly clinical database while addressing issues of patient confidentiality and the line between clinical records and research opportunity.

At the close of this conference, participants should be able to:

ยท identify characteristics of practice organizations that facilitate implementation of best practices in the management of specific chronic diseases

Describe specific strategies to develop financial alignments between payers and providers so as to achieve systematic improvements in quality

Give examples of ways in which performance feedback impacts on patient care

List common barriers to the implementation of evidence-based recommendations in hospitals and ambulatory environments

Describe key classes of Information Technology that can improve physician efficiency and other outcomes

List ways in which regulatory and privacy guidelines impact on outcomes management and health services research


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Additional Information

There is a discount for individuals who register before March 31, 2002, so register online today! General Early Bird: $300.00 Regular: $400.00 Evanston Northwestern Healthcare/Northwestern* Early Bird: $175.00 Regular: $250.00 Student/Fellow* Early Bird: $75.00 Regular: $150.00