Category: Uncategorized

Author: Anna CK Erb

Women bring a diverse, creative and collaborative perspective to the technology workforce. However, despite the overwhelming evidence of the benefits all manners of diversity bring to innovation, women continue to be disproportionally underrepresented within the technology field. In 2016, The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) published a comprehensive review; in 2017, ISACA published a survey of the current position of women in technology, both of which are well worth reviewing in full.

 

Diligent work is needed to create a balanced and diverse workplace that empowers women in technology.  By example, technology companies can create an environment that provides access to mentors and role models. Providing access to a mentor is a proactive strategy to recruit, retain and support women in the technology industry. As Alisha Ramos, Senior Front-End Designer at Vox Media advises, “Having role models who are the same gender as you, who look like you, who came from a similar background as yours, can go a long way.” Women should be supported to seek out and create opportunities that foster professional mentoring. Events that encourage industry connections, peer to peer advising and networking can create a more welcoming atmosphere for aspiring women in technology.

 

Advanced Metrics  is committed to diversity in the workplace and values the skill sets and perspectives that women in technology bring to the workforce.  As a commitment to those values, Advanced Metrics is proud to sponsor a WomenHack event on October 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. WomenHack is a professional community that helps women advance within technology companies and promotes women’s issues through a variety of events and networking opportunities. The aim of each event is to create a more inclusive tech workforce. Event nights include diversity talks, rapid interviews and casual socialization.  Our team at Advanced Metrics is excited to facilitate peer to peer and mentor connections, speak with attendees, share stories, network and have a bit of fun in a safe and supportive environment. Please consider joining us at this free event on October 18th at the Bio Park at 7pm. You can RSVP here!

Additional Sources

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-latest-stats-on-women-in-tech

 

https://www.it-ology.org/2016/09/20/3-challenges-women-in-technology-face/

 

http://fortune.com/2015/08/08/jane-lansing-women-in-tech/

 

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/308976

 

https://mondo.com/blog-women-in-tech-business-benefits/

 

 

 

Advanced Metrics effectively linking providers, outcomes, and best practices

By Deena Minney

The Advanced Metrics team, in collaboration with coLAB, performed a community needs assessment on behalf of the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF). That assessment identified strong opportunities for improvement in coordinated care between behavioral health and medical health providers in Lancaster County.

The result? The creation of NavWell. NavWell was conceptualized as a way to systemically capture data among the providers, and combining that process with a dramatically-improved environment for coordinated care. The goal: to improve and increase the number of successful referrals to behavioral health providers from primary care providers.

 

NavWell works by tracking all of the incoming shared information from enrolled providers in a patient’s coordinated care team. It provides the opportunity for evaluation and measurement of missed service opportunities.  Patients –  or their providers –  have the option to complete assessments contained within NavWell that are automatically scored with symptom severity.

 

NavWell also has the ability for electronic referrals, referral outcome tracking and follow-up, with care-coordination being a significant part of the referral follow-up process. NavWell’s built-in capabilities provide for systems-oriented data gathering, which can measure the effectiveness of the referral process. Combined with integration of  patient medical records, it can also perform a cross-analysis, taking a closer looking at the improvements in health outcomes against the quality of the referral follow-up.

 

The community needs assessment certainly made it clear: the current landscape for referral quality is poor. There is no standardized means to collect data for comparative analysis—whether you are looking at patient outcomes, patient group outcomes, quality measurements, provider quality, or best practices compliance. With NavWell, health outcomes are improved, health care costs are reduced, and best practices are introduced into provider-clinician relationships. Coordinated care can truly be achieved.
This data sharing also improves transparency, identifies larger population health trends within a given practice, and increases patient comfort, notably among patients who are managing

By Deena Minney & Kate Gallagher

August 2018

Advanced Metrics, a company that provides decision support software for physicians, clinicians, educators and families, is excited to announce we are now a Certified B Corporation®!

 

Being a Certified B Corporation® means we meet the highest standards of proven social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. Advanced Metrics aspires to be part of the global movement of using business as a force for good™. B Corps™ are important because they inspire all businesses to compete to be the Best for the World®.

 

To become a Certified B Corp™, B Lab® conducted a rigorous evaluation to measure our social and environmental performance using what is called the B Impact Assessment. Advanced Metrics sees the B Corp™ certification as another way to guarantee to our customers and employees our social responsibility and our mission-driven approach in everything we do. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations® are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on all their stakeholders.

 

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,500 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and over 50 countries with 1 unifying goal — to redefine success in business.

 

About B Lab®

B Lab® is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.

 

During our journey to becoming a Certified B Corporation®, B Lab® determined our company embodies the mission of using business as a force for good™ through the B Impact Assessment.  Advanced Metrics devoted significant time and effort to this process. Our goal was to achieve a minimal score of 80 points to reach certification. We are pleased to announce we scored  97.6 . We are committed to continuing our efforts to increase our score for recertification in two years and are motivated by the desire to use business as a force for good ™.

Our journey to becoming a Certified B Corp™ business was no easy feat. However, it was well worth the effort to create a more sustainable business model, one that ensures we prioritize our corporate social responsibility and join a local community and national movement doing the same. Using our score as a key measurement to success has inspired our team to be more creative and thoughtful in our work and the ways we connect with our customers and the community.

Authors: Nate Lubold, Rebecca Raczka and Kate Gallagher

Who does Project Safespace serve?

Project Safespace services children in out-of-home care in the state of Kentucky. We created an innovative approach to addressing a gap in communication and collaboration between providers and Kentucky’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) through the implementation of an outcomes management system.

This system allows behavioral health providers to enter their clinical data, which is then transferred to the state case worker in real time. This functionality allows the providers and state to facilitate real-time decisions about a child’s treatment and placement.

 

My program was a part of the Safespace initiative that ends in September. Can my program continue to use Advanced Metrics software?

Yes, the initiative of the Safespace project is to create a resource that is sustainable well beyond the Safespace project. All the programs that are part of the Safespace project will be able to use the system. There is also an opportunity to use the system beyond out-of-home care.

 

How can my organization participate in this project?

Although the Safespace project began for specific organizations with children in out-of-home care, we are currently expanding what was originally created to provide other organizations with access to the robust resources that were designed for this project. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can provide support to your team, every step of the way. Please contact Advanced Metrics by email at info@ametrics.org or by phone at 443-708-7395.

 

Authors: Nate Lubold, Rebecca Raczka and Kate Gallagher

What is the CANS Assessment?

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment, is known as the Texas CANS 2.0. It is a reliable and valid assessment tool used to measure child and youth functioning via a common tool. It is supported by a variety of service lines and populations and used in a diverse system of care.

It is not a tool used to diagnose a child; rather, it is based on the communimetrics theory of communication. The CANS assessment is designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue and create a common language among all partners participating in the child’s treatment.

How would my program use the CANS to complete our clinical work? 

There are a variety of options for how the CANS assessment can support clinical work at your agency. For example, there is the capability to track clinician sessions, utilize and build evidence-based practices within the system, and collect information via the dynamic progress notes for programs.

 

What type of programs are already using the CANS assessment in Texas?

Within the family court model of the court system, agencies are using data from completed assessments to develop a collaborative approach to treatment and bridge the communication gap between human services and the court system. County behavioral health providers are using it for youth and adults in a traditional CANS assessment utilization model.

 

How can our program connect our data with existing Advanced Metrics software?

There are multiple ways for your program to connect your data with Advanced Metrics software solutions. For example, your organization may complete a direct data access application into our system, or an Application Program Interface (API) can be used to connect to your electronic health record or databases to our software solution.

 

welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can provide support to your team, every step of the way.

Please contact Advanced Metrics by email at info@ametrics.org or by phone at 443-708-7395.

 

Authors: Nate Lubold, Rebecca Raczka and Kate Gallagher

What are the Department of Health Care Services Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-35) and the Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS assessment) tools to measure child and youth functioning as intended by Welfare and Institutions Code mandate?

Beginning in August 2018, there is going to be a rolling submission of the required data to the state of California. This mandate is specific to California; however, there are similar mandates and expectations in other states. The CANS assessment memorandum from the state of California’s Department of Health can be viewed here.

What is the CANS?

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment, also known in California as the California CANS 50, or the CANS assessment, is a reliable and valid tool used to measure child and youth functioning via a common platform. It is backed by a variety of service lines and populations and is used in a diverse system of care.

 

It is not a tool used to diagnose a child; rather, the CANS assessment is based on the communimetrics theory of communication. The CANS assessment is designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue and create a common language among all partners participating in the child’s treatment.

 

Are there other versions of the CANS assessment?

There are a number of variations to the CANS assessment, including those assessments that are specific to autism and intellectual disability.  Additionally, there are related tools that follow the same structure that focus on adults, such as the Adults Needs and Strengths (ANSA) assessment. In addition, families can utilize the Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST).

 

What is the PSC-35?

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist, or the PSC-35, is a tool used in conjunction with the CANS assessment to provide a more complete picture of the child’s treatment needs. This psychosocial screen is designed to facilitate the recognition of cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems, and is completed by families to ensure they have a voice at the table.

 

Can the software solutions built by Advanced Metrics meet the criteria set forth by varying regions of both the state and the country?

Yes, the software developed by Advanced Metrics, which houses the CANS assessment and the PSC-35, can be used in different regions of the state and country. Our web-based tools are not built for one unique region or type of program; they are designed in a way that the tools and the setup can be used in a very diverse area. There are multiple ways for your program to connect your data with Advanced Metrics. For example, your organization may complete a direct data access application into our system, or the Application Program Interface (API) can be used to connect to your electronic health record or other databases to our software solution.

 

How do I get more information on how my organization can meet the mandate requirements?

We can support your program as you seek to attain compliance. We offer a wide variety of tools and solutions that can meet the diverse needs presented from your specific agency. For more information about how we can help you meet the requirements, please contact Advanced Metrics by email at info@ametrics.org or by phone at 443-708-7395.

 

Demystifying behavioral health data collection and analysis for improved behavioral health outcomes.

 

By: Nate Lubold

 

Santa Clara is a large and diverse county in California, with a wide range of behavioral health services provided by private behavioral health organizations. The county has a fantastic centralized decision support center, accompanied by an equally fantastic group of committed providers. One of their historic challenges has been the lack of data collection tools to capturing clinical data in a meaningful way to enhance real-time decision making at the client level and simultaneously build an aggregate set of data to present to local and state officials.

Continue reading Case Study: Large Scale Data Collection Tools with Meaningful Measures

Be more effective with a real understanding of your data.

By: Deena Minney

At Advanced Metrics, we have healthcare informatics solutions and strategies that effortlessly blend with your organization’s workflow. We work together to ensure you receive superior customer service, which includes facilitating outcome driven decision-making and pioneering technology.

Advanced Metrics was founded in 2012 by a group of leading healthcare providers and engineers who are driven by a core belief: proven science for practitioners in healthcare can be infused in practice, without data ruining the art of therapeutic alliance and shared decision-making.

We are your healthcare informatics solution to the challenges in data collection, assisting in the collaboration between practitioners and the client.

Health Informatics

When healthcare informatics software and data act as an aid, rather than a burden, outcomes and data quality improve, and all stakeholders ultimately benefit. We make data human.

Many of our experts and scientific advisors have the same valuable experience in relevant fields as our clients. This gives us great credibility and confidence as we collaborate with our clients, giving them solutions to their data needs.

What makes us stand out from other healthcare informatics software companies is our core belief in our clients’ work. We understand the challenges they face daily. Clinicians, teachers, and families are working tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those experiencing issues beyond their control. Advanced Metrics goes above and beyond to accommodate their needs: from guiding them to the right solution to ongoing training and support, and providing one-of-a-kind solution support departments.

After system implementation, we continue to build a relationship, instead of simply setting our sights on the next deal. Advanced Metrics has set up a process to make it easy for our partners to communicate with us, including email, newsletters and social media. We continue to adjust and improve our business and customer relations, based on what our clients need.

We would welcome an opportunity to talk with you about how we can help you and your team with your data challenges and provide solutions. Please contact Steve Herr at 443-690-2431 or by email at sherr@ametrics.org.

Understand the data and achieve greater outcomes.

By: Deena Minney

In our last blog, we discussed how Advanced Metrics helps clients use health information technology and data analytics to improve outcomes in behavioral health.

So, what is data analytics? Data analytics is the qualitative and quantitative practices and processes used to enhance an organization’s output.

This data is extracted and categorized by our health information technology to identify and analyze behavioral data and patterns. In a nutshell, data analytics is just a fancier term for data analysis. The best part: our team of experts and our solutions do all of that in real time, so you don’t have to!

While data collection capability is available in a variety of health information technology solutions, a common challenge is the lack of options for real-time reporting. Advanced Metrics is designed to aggregate and analyze data from a centralized dashboard. With our advanced technology, we can quickly pinpoint patterns and care opportunities for improved insights.

Our health information technology works seamlessly with a variety of assessments specifically designed for decision support during the planning services process. It utilizes outcomes data to support clinical decisions in real time. Our solutions are web-based or can integrate with an existing EMR/EHR for ease of comprehensive reporting. Our clients are given the power of data to drive client and program level decision-making, resulting in improved outcomes for the patient and client.

What is so unique about Advanced Metrics? Our experts work in partnership with identified champions within your organization. Implementation is personalized to your organizational needs, beginning with requirements gathering, designing, verifications and ongoing maintenance. Advanced Metrics doesn’t just hand over a system and walk away.  We build an ongoing relationship with our clients, which includes training, collaboration, solution support and weekly check-ins. Advanced Metrics work to accommodate your busy schedules and our goal is to support your efforts.

Find out more by contacting our team at 443-690-2431 or by emailing Steve Herr at sherr@ametrics.org and let us show you how we can work with you and make your data human.