PCIC works with clients who often have multiple unmanaged chronic physical illnesses, as Andy explained in a previous blog post. Oftentimes, these chronic physical illnesses are also linked to mental health conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. To easily see the correlation between the two, let’s take a recent example from one of our clients:
"Data" is a critical piece of PCIC's day-to-day operation and is the foundation for all our analysis work. In this article, we take a look at one way to classify it – by the degree of organization of the data.
A disproportionate number of patients who suffer from severe mental illnesses (SMI) such as bipolar or schizophrenia rely on the ER for care. The PCIC intervention team strives to help improve the overall health of these patients by coordinating their care.
What is DevOps? It's what started as a buzzword and quickly transformed into a movement. DevOps is the union of development and operation teams at every step of the work cycle. DevOps originated as a means to break down walls that hinder production. Previously, software development teams would work separate from operations teams. This allowed for issues with long deployment cycles and inflexibility. Now with the merge of development and operations, it has evolved into a culture promoting collaboration and autonomy.
Imagine being so sick that you visit the emergency room at least ten times or are admitted to a hospital at least four times within a single year. This extreme utilization, combined with at least two chronic health conditions, meets the eligibility requirements for PCIC’s intensive case management program. However, many of our clients far exceed these requirements.
Back in 2004, I started working on a project to build the first web based electronic medical record system in the country, with Jim Turley, RN, PhD – an amazing bioinformatics expert and Dr. Buck (David) – who was then the President at HealthCare for the Homeless - Houston. This was part of my graduate school thesis work, trying to figure out workflow models and data entry flows that worked best for street outreach.
Dear Friends and Supporters of PCIC:
We'd like to welcome our newest PCIC care coordinator, Chris Dammel. Chris is a firefighter with the Houston Fire Department, and has served his community for ten years. He heard about PCIC from current care coordinators, Eric Lobpries and Karen Dupont. Although he's only been with us for a month, he has some great insight about our organization's vision and goals with the clients.