Issue # 7

November 2012 


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In This Issue
Transforming Healthcare Delivery Event
Recent CCBC Events with Special Speaker
New Videos Highlight CCBC and GNOHIE
Txt4health Receives $50,000 Grant
CCBC in the Spotlight 
CCBC has recently participated in several conferences to 
highlight our work
Upcoming Meetings/ Events of Note
(As of November 7, 2012)
November 14, 2012
Transforming Healthcare Delivery in the Crescent City

 November 15, 2012

HIT Subcommittee Meeting


November 29, 2012 
HIT Subcommittee Meeting

December 6, 2012
PCDC Learning Session #5


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Team Approach

The Crescent City Beacon Community initiative represents an unprecedented level of cooperation across organizations, sectors and disciplines in Louisiana. In order to ensure success, partners contribute to every phase of the development

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Recent CCBC Events Held with Special Speaker, National Expert on Clinical Decision Support, Jerry Osheroff, MD


CCBC was honored to have Jerry Osheroff, MD, a national expert on Clinical Decision Support (CDS), speak at two recent workshops.

CCBC's fourth Learning Collaborative Session with the Primary Care Development Corporation was held for CCBC participating primary care practice change teams October 3-4, 2012. This session focused on CDS and will be followed by an eight week Action Period, where change teams will focus on implementing CDS aligned with the CCBC clinical measures. For this session, CCBC was delighted to partner with Dr. Jerry Osheroff, a national expert in CDS and the author of the HIMSS CDS Guidebook Series, Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer's Guide, Second Edition to help us plan and participate in this session. He, with PCDC,  provided excellent insight into this challenging process, and introduced participants to his 'CDS Five Rights' approach and CDS implementation planning tools and strategies. 


In addition, CCBC hosted its second Clinical Seminar Series for CCBC stakeholders on "Using CDS to Address Healthcare Performance Improvement Imperatives". This 1.5 hour CME accredited session was conducted by Dr.Osheroff on the afternoon of October 4th where he provided an overview of critical success factors for CDS programs and CDS interventions that measurably improve key care processes and outcomes; how to apply the "CDS Five Rights" framework to configure CDS interventions; and demonstrated how guidebooks and collaboratives, can enhance local CDS efforts.  A video of this session will be available in the future and the Powerpoint presentation is available upon request. Many of the materials referenced are available at the national CDS Learning Collaborative website that Dr. Osheroff hosts at   For more information email


New Videos Highlight CCBC and GNOHIE

CCBC recently produced two videos highlighting CCBC's main interventions (chronic care management, transitions of care, and txt4health) and the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE).  These videos will be available to consumers, providers, partners, and other community members. The videos specifically cover the goals and accomplishments of CCBC, as well as an in-depth demonstration of how the GNOHIE works and benefits patients and providers.


Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange Brief Overview
CCBC Patient Dramatization



Txt4Health Receives $50,000 Grant from Novo Nordisk 


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Txt4health was recently awarded $50,000 by Novo Nordisk to support a txt4health Enrollment Contest to be launched in November and continuing through March 2013.  The contest will have two components: the first will involve all the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities in the Greater New Orleans area, providing them an opportunity to engage their community in diabetes awareness and txt4health enrollment.  The sorority and fraternity with the highest enrollment in txt4health will each be eligible for a scholarship directly to their school.  The second component will involve 10 churches in the Greater New Orleans area, providing them with support to run congregational diabetes education programming promoting txt4health enrollment.  The church with the highest txt4health enrollment will be eligible for a financial prize to support future health programming.  For more information about the contest or award contact




As one of 17 communities chosen to participate in the Beacon Community Grant Program of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) was awarded $13 million over three years to strengthen local health information technology (HIT) infrastructure. Several major hospitals, public health agencies and community-based primary care providers are currently participating in this historic effort convened by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI).

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that serves as a partner and convener to improve population-level health outcomes. We are part of a growing movement of public health institutes across the country. Our mission is to promote and improve health and quality of life through diverse public-private partnerships with government, foundations, academia, community groups and private businesses at the community, parish and state levels. LPHI coordinates and manages public health programs and initiatives in the areas of health systems development and health promotion/disease prevention and provides an array of services to help meet the needs of local and national partner organizations.
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