Powered by Owl Insights®, Inova Kellar Center Achieves Joint Commission Accreditation

Commended as a Leader in Successful Implementation of Measurement-Based Care in Behavioral Health
By: Owl Insights
PORTLAND, Ore. - July 18, 2018 - PRLog -- Inova Kellar Center, Inova Health System's premier behavioral health center for children and families in Northern Virginia, utilized the Owl Insights®  measurement-based care cloud solution ("the Owl")  to successfully meet Joint Commission accreditation standards, including the recently added Joint Commission requirement that behavioral health providers engage in measurement-based care through the use of a standardized tool or instrument to measure outcomes. The successful implementation of Owl Insights at Inova Kellar Center earned a commendation from the Joint Commission surveyor, who referred to the Center as a "High Reliability Organization" and leader in the implementation of measurement-based care. A High Reliability Organization (HRO) is an organization that is "establishing near zero rates of failure for critical quality processes and making sure that they stay at that level of performance across all services for very long periods of time."

Inova Health System is a $3.3 billion hospital system annually serving more than two million people from throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC, metro area. Inova Kellar Center provides a full array of outpatient services and programs, including individual, family and group therapy, medication management, psychiatric evaluations, psychological testing, intensive outpatient programs, intensive home-based services and partial hospitalization programs.

Inova Kellar Center selected the Owl as its measurement-based care cloud solution to screen, measure, analyze, and track patient-reported outcomes for a range of behavioral health conditions. A HIPAA-compliant platform that easily integrates with major EMRs and can be accessed from any device, the Owl offers an extensive curated clinically-validated outcome measures library. Furthermore, the platform automatically selects, schedules, and reports outcomes throughout the course of care. The Owl has enabled Inova Kellar Center to automate workflows, which reduces clinician burden, enhances patient engagement, and improves clinical workflow. The Owl also helps Inova Kellar Center ensure that it is delivering the appropriate level of care for each patient, streamlining the utilization case review process and improving clinical documentation for enhanced ROI.

"The entire staff of Inova Kellar Center is proud of our recent Joint Commission success, said Rick Leichtweis, Ph.D., Senior Director of Inova Kellar Center. "The Owl was vital to our achievement of both Joint Commission accreditation and recognition for successfully integrating MBC into clinical practice. The Owl changed the conversation by enabling our organization to implement measurement-based care easily, efficiently, and cost-effectively in order to achieve our ultimate goal of enhancing patient care."

"We are very pleased to have played a pivotal role in Inova Kellar Center's exceptional performance in the accreditation process," said Eric Meier, CEO of Owl Insights. "Inova Kellar Center's use of the Owl demonstrates the power of our solution to simplify and scale the implementation of measure-based care for better clinical and economic outcomes."

"Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families," said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, and Executive Director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, of The Joint Commission. "We commend Inova Kellar Center for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves."



Inova is a global leader in personalized health, which leverages precision medicine to predict, prevent and treat disease, enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Inova serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. The health system shaping the future of health through our integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, and outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to world-class researchers, expert medical specialists and renowned scientists who are driving innovation to improve patient care, prevent disease and promote wellness. The organization's commitment to health and wellness is further reflected in its sustainable practices. Founded in Fairfax in 1991 through a gift from the late Art and Betty Kellar, the Inova Kellar Center provides comprehensive mental health, substance disorder treatment and special education services to thousands of children, adolescents and families throughout the metropolitan area — regardless of resources or their ability to pay. http://www.inova.org

Owl Insights

Owl Insights® (the Owl) is a measurement-based care cloud solution that enables healthcare providers to easily screen patients for behavioral health status and monitor their treatment progress using patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs). The Owl's powerful functionality automates clinical workflows, selects and schedules measures, and tracks outcomes throughout the course of care to reduce clinician burden, enhance patient engagement, and improve clinical efficiency.  Its HIPAA-compliant solution, which is accessible from any device and integrates seamlessly with major EMRs, has the potential to reduce cost, improve clinical documentation, and inform payer decision-making.  Owl Insights® enables providers to simplify and scale measurement-based care for better clinical and financial outcomes.  The Owl is in use at leading health systems and academic centers, including Seattle Children's Hospital, Inova Health System, Texas Children's Hospital, and Oregon Health & Science University. Owl Insights® is backed by leading investors, including The Entrepreneurs' Fund, Seven Peaks Ventures, Empactful Capital, Discovery Ventures, and Portland Seed Fund. www.owlinsights.com.

The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. http://www.jointcommission.org.

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