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PODCAST: Population Health Management in Real Time

January 25, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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Marshfield Clinic's Ken Letkeman explains why the medical group's population health management tool is innovative

In this podcast Gabriel Perna, Assistant Editor at Healthcare Informatics, begins the first in a series of Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award podcasts, which are highlighting our recently announced Innovator Award Winners. The HCI Innovator Awards Program recognizes leadership teams from patient care organizations – hospitals, medical groups, health systems and others – that have effectively deployed information technology in order to improve clinical, administrative, financial or organizational performance. This year’s winners will be honored at the upcoming HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas.

Today, we're speaking with Ken Letkeman, CIO of Marshfield Clinic, a 779-physician multi-specialty group based out of Marshfield Wisc., which tied for third place in our Innovator Awards program. Letkeman along with a team of dedicated team of IT and clinical leaders created a real time population health management application which shows physicians the entirety of their patient population and allows them to view and use specific data across all levels of care. The application, which was seven years in the making, can produce a wide assortment of metrics across a broad system. It can help Marshfield improve both long and short term clinical outcomes while lowering the cost of care.

Ken Letkeman

Listen below for excerpts from our conversation. For more on Marshfield Clinic, check out our more in-depth look, available online and in latest issue of HCI.

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