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Clinical Integration Network

South Shore Clinical Integration Network (SSCIN) is a dynamic group of physicians and other care providers who represent South Shore Hospital’s diverse Medical Staff. The SSCIN’s purpose is to strengthen clinical processes, communication and coordination to improve quality, efficiency and the patient care experience across the care continuum. HPSO established the SSCIN in 2013 to help physicians and South Shore Hospital succeed in light of reforms that are changing how health care is provided and paid for.  The Clinical Integration Network Governance Council develops and oversees strategies to ensure that Hospital and its Medical Staff members have opportunities to collaborate  in redesigning patient care delivery. The HPSO directors provide insights and direction on future improvement initiatives and are ambassadors for spreading proven pathways across the South Shore.  The physician and administrator leaders comprising both groups, and those involved in the SSCIN improvement initiatives are committed to achieving the SSCIN goals.

More than 40 physicians and care team providers from across the region are involved in these initiatives. All of the SSCIN improvement work is being conducted using Lean methodology. The teams are collaborating on reducing unnecessary steps and wasteful efforts in patient care. HPSO will be providing updates on the progress of these efforts through department and community practice meetings, Lean report outs at South Shore Hospital, our newsletter and on the Clinical Improvement Corner.  

Reduce variation across the Health System

A key strategy for achieving the SSCIN goals is to have multi-displinary clinical teams collaborate on ways to create or improve, and follow standards of care for common episodes. Using Health System data, the SSCIN Governance Council and HPSO selected the following improvement projects for FY2016: 

1. Reduce Variation in Post-Procedure Opioid Prescribing:

2. Reduce ED Observation Use for Low Risk Chest Pain Patients:

Reducing ED Observation Use for Low Risk Chest Pain Patients

3. Reduce readmissions (note this initiative was discontinued in Spring of 2016 due to personnel reasons)


Working within the Clinical Integration Network-Testimonials

Justin Campbell, MD, Radiology, South Shore Hospital

Sharing Performance Data

To create a successful SSCIN, there is a need identified to share performance data across the Health System in order to communicate if the improvement projects and other collaborative work is improving patient care and outcomes. The Clinical Improvement Corner offers updates on clinical integration initiatives, including solutions implemented and outcomes/scorecards. Updates on the Narcotic Prescribing Standards, Chest Pain, and Reducing Readmission projects can be found here over time.


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