Link Round Up: August 28 – Sept 3

Link Round Up: August 28 – Sept 3

By William JA Pinnock

This week’s Link Round Up features stories about a data aggregation system, how to engage clinicians in research, an NIH program examining social determinants of health, and Oregon Medicaid. Why such vague descriptions you ask? To build anticipation!

OCHIN released Acuere last week, a new data aggregation system designed to help “clinical decision support…and for population health management.” Acuere will pull information together from claims, clinical data, and details about a patient’s environment data to ensure an accurate overall picture of a patient. Read more about Acuere here.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute recently published a blog post on how to engage clinicians in research. If you are a researcher and you want to perform patient-centered research, this article offers many insightful thoughts on clinician engagement.

Here at Community Research Laboratory we talk a fair amount about social determinants of health. The reason being that these factors are all around us and are shaping our health. So it is with excitement to read that the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the NIH, “launched two new centers last Wednesday” to study the impact of a patient’s environment on a patient’s health. The centers will be located in Pullman, WA and Flint, MI.  Read more about this exciting new program here!

I know I don’t have to tell anyone reading this that the Coordinated Care Organization Model (CCO) has been a great working model of state sponsored healthcare. Emergency Department rates are down, re-admission rates are down, hospital admissions for short-term complications from diabetes are down, and children/adolescents are going to see a PCP more. But, the funding is drawing to a close and Oregon knows there is so much more to be done.  Which is why Oregon is asking the federal government for an additional $1.25 billion to be spread out over five years ($250 million per year) to help improve the model and the health of Oregonians. Read more about this request here.



We here at CRL want to congratulate the 10 community health centers who were recognized with a national award for their excellence and innovation in diabetes care at NACHC CHI this week. The CHCs awarded this honor were:

Community Health and Social Services (CHASS): Detroit, MI
Cornerstone Family Healthcare: Cornwell, NY
First Choice Health: East Hartford, CT
The Daily Planet: Richmond, VA
Henry J. Austin Health Center: Trenton NJ
The Institute for Family Health: Harlem, NY
Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC): Lanai City, HI
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care: Washington, D.C
Raphael Health Center: Indianapolis, IN
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics: Santa Barbara, CA

Read about each clinic’s innovations here.