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Nicholas Nissen, MD, has been appointed as director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai.

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Navigating Crimson on your own

New tutorial enables MDs to surf the physician performance site whenever they like

Cedars-Sinai physicians who have undergone a review of their performance with a Crimson adviser can now have access to their own data 24/7.

Tutorial sessions currently are being offered to assist physicians in navigating the Crimson website and drilling down to information that can help them optimize their outcomes. Crimson is a web-based educational tool that displays clinical performance of individual physicians and groups in an easily understandable way. It allows physicians to look at their own risk-adjusted patient data as well as compare themselves to other groups in their specialty, both within and outside of Cedars-Sinai. The software is used by more than 650 hospitals in the U.S., representing 25 percent of all hospital patients across the nation.

The program is being led by Harry C. Sax, MD, senior physician liaison for Cedars-Sinai Medicine and vice chair of Surgery.

"One of the benefits of Crimson is that physicians now have access to objective, timely information that allows them to monitor how their patients fare relative to other physicians at Cedars-Sinai and national trends. It takes into account the severity of illness and guides the practitioner to areas of opportunity. Further, as we prepare for public reporting of data, doctors will be more aware of how they stand relative to their colleagues," Sax said.

Crimson software integrates data from multiple sources, such as the CS-Link™ patient accounting system and CS-Link EMR, as well as key quality and utilization measures, and presents it in an acuity adjusted manner. The data is then displayed in a dashboard format highlighting physician performance in key metrics compared to local and national benchmarks. Information on individual patients is available to the level of daily charges and resource utilization.

To date, more than 450 Cedars-Sinai physicians have met with their Crimson adviser to review and analyze their data. The feedback suggests a new level of individual empowerment in understanding each provider’s role in the care of our patients, according to Sax.

If you are interested in more information about personal use of Crimson, please contact Elisabeth Hallman, MBA, RN, at or Allyson Lazar at