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Health IT

Stratis Health is working to advance e-health and health information technology across the continuum of care and throughout communities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care for patients.

Succeed in alternative payment models

We assist health care provider organizations to succeed in alternative payment models, like accountable care organizations (ACOs) and bundled payments. Our staff experts work with leadership and direct care providers to advance their use of electronic health record (EHR) systems to track patient level data, measure care quality, and act on population health priorities. Workflow optimization goes hand-in-hand with technology support. Examples of our work with communities and health care organizations include:

  • Quality Payment Program - MIPs

    Our staff experts work with providers to optimize their EHRs to reflect the quality of care being delivered to patients. We train on how to extract data for both internal quality improvement and external public reporting of quality measures.

    Stratis Health provides technical assistance and training to eligible clinicians on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program. We enable providers to create a MIPS-score improvement plan, evaluate their practice readiness for joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM), assessing and optimize health IT, and support change management and strategic planning. (CMS /Lake Superior QIN and Altarum 2014-2017)

    On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created the On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention program (OTPP) to help nursing homes with EHRs reduce the occurrence of in-house pressure ulcers. Stratis Health is preparing EHR vendors and providing ongoing practice facilitation with 50 nursing homes across the country to implement and evaluate this evidence based program. (AHRQ/NORC at the University of Chicago, 2015-2017)

  • Patient-centric care

    Clinicians strive to provide high-quality care and Stratis Health helps them align their processes and health IT systems to support delivery of patient-centered care.

    Through Lake Superior QIN, Stratis Health facilitates baseline and ongoing follow-up assessments of the 700 practices and 7,000 clinicians for the six Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) operating in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. We assess the physician practices’ progress through five defined phases of practice transformation that prepare them to participate in Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Stratis Health also is supporting the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium PTN that is focusing on Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), national advanced primary care medical home model. (CMS 2015-2019)

    Stratis Health facilitated the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Learning Collaborative to assist primary care organizations in building and using a patient-centric model of care to transform their practice through coordinated, team-based, patient-focused health care, and determine clinic readiness for achieving National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition.

  • Care coordination

    Stratis Health facilitates development of care coordination processes. We work with organizations to assess, make recommendations for, and provide hands-on assistance to improve their care management and care coordination practices and make recommendations for enhancement. We also serve as a neutral conveyor, bringing care delivery partners together to develop mutually beneficial care transition processes. More on care coordination >

    Health Information Technology for Post-Acute Care Providers. The project team conducted some of the first live exchanges of health information across health care settings—hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and pharmacies—in Minnesota focusing on transitions of care and medication management. (Medicare QIO Special Innovation Project 2012-2014)

  • Interoperable health information exchange

    Stratis Health prepares providers, communities, and patients to exchange information. Our team of subject matter experts guide health care organizations to develop health information exchange(HIE) strategies.

    Our HIE projects have included a rural regional exchange to allow for accurate information sharing in a standard and secure manner, and provided consulting services to a critical access hospital health IT network and educational consulting to a collaboration of health care organizations in northern Minnesota.

Lead EHR adoption

“Without REACH assistance we would not be able to meet meaningful use
by 2015.”
- REACH client

Stratis Health co-led the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH) in Minnesota and North Dakota—as one of 62 nonprofit federally designated HIT Regional Extension Centers dedicated to helping providers improve care by implementing and using EHR systems (2010-2016). REACH assisted clients to achieve Stage 1 meaningful use through the federal incentive payment program for health care providers. Across the two states, REACH worked with:

  • 121 critical access and rural hospitals
  • Nearly 5,100 clinicians, at 662 clinics

REACH final report and recommendations >

Consulting services and support

Stratis Health serves as an unbiased consultant, guiding health care organizations across the care continuum in preparing for, selecting, implementing, and fully using health IT to enhance care. We assist health care facilities to use EHR tools for patient self- management and preventive care, and to build chronic care management systems.

  • More than 400 adult primary care and specialty clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes, have used our EHR adoption and implementation services and support.

Value-Based Models

HIT Enabled Systems

Quality Improvement

  • Accountable Care Organization
  • Assessment and Implementation Support
  • Data Analytics Advisement
  • Care Coordination Process Development
  • Leadership and Strategic Planning
  • Federal Incentive Payment Program
  • Preparation
  • EHR Selection, Upgrade, and Adoption
  • Meaningful Use and Optimization
  • Guidance HIPAA Security Risk Assessment
  • Privacy Risk Assessment
  • Health Information Exchange Strategy Development
  • Organizational Assessment
  • Workflow Redesign
  • Evidence-Based and Best Practice Tools and Training
  • Action Plans
  • Culture Change Management Training

Policy and insights

Stratis Health is a leader in advancing health IT in both Minnesota and nationally. We provide expert testimony to legislative committees, present as national subject matter experts, and serve in leadership roles for the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee and the Minnesota e-Health Summit. In 2007 and 2008, we conducted some of the first assessments of health IT adoption and use in Minnesota among primary care clinics and nursing homes. Our health IT leadership includes:

“The roadmap can point to the top common areas to move the groups toward interoperability to support patients.”- Kris Dudziak, Home Care, Hospice, and Geriatric Services, HealthPartners Medical Group and Clinics.

Minnesota e-Health Roadmap. The roadmap provides recommendations and actions to support and accelerate adoption and use of e-health in behavioral health, local public health, long-term and post-acute care, and social services. (2016)

Medication Reconciliation in Care Transitions Between Hospitals and Nursing Homes. This white paper highlights the waste and risk in care transitions between hospitals and nursing homes, and recommends three actions for improving medication management as a solution. (2014)

Community-Based Organization Health IT Information Needs. Survey results lay the groundwork for understanding how community-based organizations and home and community-based services can prepare to work with health care organizations in the new models of care. (2015)

Tools and resources

Our concise, actionable tools and resources assist health care organizations in planning for and optimizing use of health IT.

Contact Stratis Health for assistance with your quality improvement and patient safety needs.

Health information technology. An overview of Stratis Health’s work. (1-page PDF)