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Modernizing Data Governance to Meet Population Health Needs

By Sara Hallvik, MPH, Vice President, Analytics | Blog,  05/25/2022,   0 comments

Over the last two years, public health data systems have been recognized for their ability to provide valuable insight into the pandemic. However, there are many other critical data assets held within state governments. More and more, health information exchanges, Medicaid enterprise systems, all-payer claims databases and others are being included in states’ efforts to modernize data and increase interoperability in order to improve care coordination and quality.

Now is the time to assemble a strong data governance framework that can move beyond point of care and deliver important public and population health analytics in the future.

The process of designing and refining a data governance model should always start with…



Addressing Substance Use in the Working Population

By Melissa Cheng, MD, MOH, MHS, Utah Clinical Medical Director
Blog,  04/13/2022,   0 comments

In the United States, an estimated 11 million people struggle with substance use disorder (SUD). More commonly referred to as addiction, SUD is a complex medical condition where a person is unable to control their use of a substance even when it is negatively impacting their life.

These substances include alcohol, illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, and prescription medications such as pain relievers, muscle relaxants and sleeping pills.

Addiction is a…

Person-Directed Care: A New Way of Thinking

By Karen Vest-Taubert, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Consultant
Blog,  03/16/2022,   0 comments

As a practice coach, I have been teaching and preaching the virtues of patient-centered care in primary care settings for over a decade. Patient-centered care is a method intended to improve health outcomes, patient, provider and staff satisfaction, and the bottom line. Sounds pretty good, right? Yet it seems the further we go in search of improving health care outcomes, the results over recent years have shown there are no panaceas. It’s time for a change in approach when it comes to…

Three Ways Health Care Organizations Can Use Data to Promote Health Equity
Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Better Maternal Health Means Providing Better Care Before Pregnancy
Sara will be moderating the panel discussion “Using Linked Health Data Sets for Population Health Science” at the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) annual… more
How Misinformation Leads to Vaccine Hesitancy
We’re back for part two of our series with Dr. John H. Vassall, physician executive for Quality, Safety and Equity.
How to Address Vaccine Hesitancy With Your Loved Ones
As vaccinations ramp up, so do our hopes of putting the pandemic behind us. But our path to a post-pandemic Washington requires an all-in effort. And it’s one that may hit close… more
Building Successful Vendor Relationships
We recently sat down with Comagine Health’s director of Health IT Consulting, Nick Faulkner, to talk about how state and federal agencies can build successful collaborative… more
A Letter From Marc Bennett
Comagine Health President and CEO Marc Bennett sent this letter to employees the morning of April 20, 2021, prior to the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek… more
What the Data is Telling Us About Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s fair to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and is still forcing us to find new ways of being. New ways of being together, of being apart and being connected… more
“Permanent Expansion” of Medicare Telehealth Services Explained
On Dec. 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release about the Calendar Year 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2021 PFS) Final Rule titled… more
Get the Vaccine That’s Available Now: The Flu Shot
Marc Bennett President and CEO, Comagine Health Co-chairman, Salt Lake Chamber Health Care Policy Committee Andrew Croshaw CEO, Leavitt Partners Co-chairman, Salt Lake Chamber… more
COVID Conversation: Infection Prevention
We recently sat down with Comagine Health’s medical director for systemwide quality improvement, Dr. Sarah Woolsey, to talk about the importance of infection prevention during… more