"The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through." -- Sydney J. Harris

2013 MN Community Measurement Seminar

Measurement in Motion seminar highlights common goals, differing perspectives

Meteorologist Paul Douglas opened to a packed house at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center on April 3 for MNCM’s Measurement in Motion seminar. His observations on the value of collecting and measuring data in the world of weather provided an intriguing parallel for attendees who do the same with healthcare data. An audience of more than 250 was then encouraged to “connect the dots” between meteorology and health care’s triple aim.

Through presentations, panel discussions and Q&A, seminar participants explored how various health measures could be used to improve results across the triple aim of cost, quality, and patient experience. Speakers also addressed innovative work being done nationally to connect a variety of health care data sources to build more meaningful, results-oriented measures.

Representing health plans, providers, quality improvement, clinic administration and information technology from around the state, participants in this year’s Measurement in Motion seminar were more than just “students“—they were also “educators.” During an interactive portion of the seminar, participants were polled on a variety of topics and issues that will help shape MNCM’s priorities in short-term and long-term measurement planning.

Following the seminar, one participant reported, “I can [now] better support the reasons for this work with the insight into what is being done with the data and better understanding of the triple aim.”

And another said, “It has broadened my perspective related to the measures. Changes will be possible with planned computer updates and ongoing staff education.”

Download the Measurement in Motion 2013 seminar agenda.

View Jim Chase’s address, Connecting the Dots: From Meteorology to Health Care’s Triple Aim from the Measurement in Motion seminar.

For more information, please email

The Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55430

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 8:15 am – 5:00 pm