Welcome HCIF’s PURC Intern, Diksha Ramnani

October 2, 2018

Diksha Ramnani, an MPH student at Drexel University, has joined the PURC team through March 2019.  Diksha will support PURC’s working groups, especially the Active Surveillance Working Group where she will be analyzing patterns and indicators of reclassification for prostate cancer patients placed on active surveillance.

Public health’s emphasis on improving population health through a preventative perspective is very appealing to Diksha.  Her interest in public health started during her undergraduate career as the field provided a practical avenue for blending her two primary interests, biology and anthropology.  Diksha’s favorite classes at Drexel thus far include Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  She is also looking forward to her future coursework in infectious diseases.  Following graduation, Diksha hopes to work as a health data analyst at a non-profit or health department.

Diksha loves being outdoors participating in activities such as jogging, hiking, biking, or kayaking.  She can be found on the Schuylkill River trail every weekend, rain or shine.

2018 Pennsylvania State of the State

The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) has released its annual report, 2017 Pennsylvania State of the State.  This year, PHCQA analyzed multi-year performance trends for HCAHPS patient experience measures, cancer care process measures, mortality rates, and readmission rates.  New to this year’s report are emergency department measures, infection measures, and five mortality and readmission measures, including COPD readmission and mortality, hip and/or knee surgery readmission, heart bypass surgery readmission, and hospital-wide readmission measures. To view the report, click here.

New Outcomes Data Available on PAHealthCareQuality.org

August 15, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) updated its website, www.PAHealthCareQuality.org, with readmission and mortality data through Q2 2017 for conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke.  This data, sourced from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is updated annually each summer.  Additionally, PHCQA published HCAHPS patient experience, infection, and emergency department data through Q3 2017.  Cancer data sourced from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has been refreshed for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 to reflect any new data submissions by cancer centers since March 2018.

Seniors Learn CPR at the Celebrate Age Senior Expo in Chester

With generous support from the Foundation for Delaware County and the assistance of The Mobile CPR Project, CPR Ready trained 93 senior citizens in CPR and AED use on May 4th during the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging’s Celebrate Age Senior Expo at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino.  This event was the first of 12 Delaware County CPR events over the next two years as part of the Foundation for Delaware County grant.  HCIF would like to thank Riddle Hospital for offering one of their vendor tables to accommodate CPR instruction.

The mission of The Foundation for Delaware County is to build a healthy community and encourage philanthropy in Delaware County.






Health Literacy is a Win-Win for Health Systems and Patients

The Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition recently hosted a two-day provider training and meeting in Lancaster, PA, which was attended by Coalition members from across the state. The first day, lead by faculty of Thomas Jefferson University, featured a “train-the-trainer” model for health care professionals. This session demonstrated the importance of health literacy as an important predictor of health outcomes, and offered strategies for improving written and verbal communication with patients.

The second day opened with a presentation by keynote speaker Christopher Trudeau, JD, an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Professor Trudeau discussed best practices for designing a health literate informed consent process, and stressed how health literacy represents a “win-win” for both health care systems and patients. Through guiding principles of health literacy, health care systems can more effectively manage risk, and patients can better understand and act on health information.

The day also featured presentations from Pennsylvania-based groups on designing health literate materials and integrating best practices of health literacy into staff training materials at health care organizations. In the afternoon, representatives from a hospital setting (the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and a social enterprise organization (Global Wordsmiths) discussed the importance of ensuring high quality language access to patients with limited English proficiency. These panelists offered complementary examples of successful language access service models.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, please email ksalazar@hcifonline.org.