IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
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Alex Kane Rudansky
Alex Kane Rudansky,
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7/8/2013 | 9:20:47 PM
re: IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
I wonder how realistic the development of a centralized system actually is. Would all of these existing IT companies be willing to change their structures to work together? What would be the financial consequence of that?
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7/6/2013 | 4:07:49 PM
re: IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
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7/1/2013 | 1:55:16 AM
re: IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
I agree, we canG«÷t just rely solely on health IT and hope
that the solutions present themselves with more use of technology. If we want
to reduce costs and realize the goal of better patient care, we need to improve
on all aspects of healthcare. IT may provide a means to these solutions but
physicians, patients, vendors, and organizations in general have to change.
Improved, more efficient healthcare requires a cultural shift.

Jay Simmons
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6/25/2013 | 4:50:22 PM
re: IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
The answer is no longer EMRs, like you said - they do not inherently connect to each other. The industry now is in HIEs, which take all of that information and put it into one place. The Cerner hospital's information and the PracticeFusion hospital's information. Also, hospitals typically have many disparate solutions - using different vendors for lab results, vital signs, radiology, etc. All of that information within ONE hospital/practice is not in the same place. With all of this being said, an HIE is vital for the best patient care.

Technology can be used to help patients get better, but instead of using technology from a Health IT company, one would be wise to look into technology (HIEs, specifically) from a Health Care Company - one whose history has been helping people get better. Not one whose history has been making considerable profit on shiny tools, and not one who is run by a payer (insurance company), because their motives may lye in the wrong place.

I work for Alere (ACS, which is the HIE). Alere is a $3 billion Health Care Company. One of our clients just released a statement saying that they reduced ER utilization within their population of Chronic Disease patients (the highest cost patients for insurance companies), by 20%, by using our HIE, in addition to care management and analytics of the information that was collected.

It is possible.
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6/25/2013 | 10:41:05 AM
re: IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
I write about M2M and there is a solid business case for eHealth solutions, but it is all too easy to overhype the technology. For example, when a problem is detected with an elderly person at home to shut down the security system to facilitates entry, schedule a specialist to be ready when they arrive at hospital, reserve a bed, etc, etc. I recently read a scenario that went along those line and on the same day there was a story in the UK media about a student surgeon removing the wrong organ from a pregnant woman who subsequently died. The supervising surgeon was also a student. Hospitals can fix issues like that, as well as leaving instruments inside patients, before taking complex IT on board.
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6/21/2013 | 3:41:57 PM
re: IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
I have a chiropractor whose full charge for a normal visit is $25. That's not the co-pay, that's the full cost.
I once asked her how she was able to charge so much less than the competition and she pointed to the typewriter behind the receptionist and said "No computers." No hardware or networking or security or software costs, no training or outage issues and her HIPAA compliance was the cost for a good padlock her patient files.

Now, I'm not a luddite recommending the elimination of computers from the health industry, but offer an anecdotal story to support the CBO's finding.

Don't be afraid to tell the vendors 'No' if there aren't solid and convincing reasons to implement - sometimes less (IT) is more (cost/patient effective). At the very least in one case zero IT infrastructure was the best solution.

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