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CHIO, Cancer Registry earn distinctions

Published on Monday, June 15, 2015

Published on June 15, 2015

UMMC's chief health information officer is tagged with an all-star label while the Mississippi Cancer Registry receives not one, but two national recognitions this month.   

National IT mag labels CHIO 'analytical all-star'


Dr. John Showalter, chief health information officer, has been named an "Analytics All-Star" by the information technology magazine Health Data Management.

The award is given to organizations and individuals who use analytics in innovative ways to improve patients' health and the financial performance of the organization.

Showalter was honored in the "Clinical Visionary" category in recognition of his use of clinical predictive analytics to address heart disease in Mississippi.

Showalter and his team use analytics to give real-time predictions when a patient is seen to identify those who are at high risk, to help reduce suffering and to provide interventions in an efficient and effective way. They expect to monitor more than 25,000 patients and to track the outcomes on identified high-risk individuals.

Cancer Registry earns distinctive recognitions

The Mississippi Cancer Registry, headquartered at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Cancer Institute, recently was recognized by two groups for work excellence.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program of Cancer Registries named the registry a 2014 Registry of Distinction. The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries awarded the Mississippi Registry a gold certification.

The recognition means the Mississippi registry met standards for data completeness and quality. Only 19 of the 48 states supported by the CDC received the recognition.

In NAACCR, the gold standard is the highest a registry can attain based on review of its records for quality, completeness and timeliness. Both groups reviewed 2012 data.

The recognition indicates the data submitted meets criteria to be used for cancer prevention and control activities at local, regional and national levels.

Multiple hospitals, clinics and physicians continually submit information on cancer diagnosis, stages and results to the state registry. The Mississippi Registry makes sure data is complete and isn't duplicated.

Health-care delivery staff complete training program

UMMC's ATP graduates include, from left, Youngblood, Watts, Broussard and Hicks.
UMMC's ATP graduates include, from left, Youngblood, Watts, Broussard and Hicks.

Five Medical Center employees recently graduated from the Healthcare Delivery Institute in HORNE LLP's Advanced Training Program (ATP) in Healthcare Delivery Improvement.

The graduates include Elizabeth Bromberg, an M.H.A. resident in Hospital Administration, Nancy Hicks, director of adult perioperative services, Lisa Watts, assistant director of perioperative services, Dr. Sloan Youngblood, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and Dr. Kasey Broussard, house officer in family medicine.

The ATP provides the essential tools needed to improve health-care value through process improvement. The curriculum is built on improvement theory, data and measurement, delivery model change and leadership. The course provides the knowledge and skills to undertake leadership roles in quality and policy areas of virtually any health-care environment.


ADA recognizes Children's for diabetes care excellence

The Children's of Mississippi's Diabetes Center recently earned the American Diabetes Association's Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education (DSME) program.

Several DSME programs throughout the state have earned the recognition, but Children's has the only program in Mississippi specifically geared toward managing both Type I and Type II diabetes in children and youth.

Dr. Naznin Dixit, chief of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes, said the achievement is an important designation for the program.

"It's an endorsement of the standards of care that we provide," Dixit said. "And, of course, it assures the family that they will receive high-quality service."

The ADA awards certificates to programs that meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board.

Programs achieving recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals that provides participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.