Authored on: Jan 14, 2012
The health care industry is undergoing a transformation - spurred by an unsustainable reimbursement model that rewards volume rather than outcome. Many alternatives are being considered, including pay for performance, accountable care organizations (ACOs), medical homes and bundled payments. Although the destination is not certain, it's clear that providers, payers, employers and patients are interested in a health care ecosystem that is connected, intelligent and aligned. Such sustainable health communities represent an innovative yet practical target for the industry's transformational journey. And as new health delivery models mature, the technology infrastructure upon which those systems rely becomes even more critical.
As delivery system reforms roll out over the coming months and years - and as health systems increasingly form partnerships to evolve from fee-for-service to value-driven payment models - organizations will look for new ways to engage with patients, analyze and report data, and electronically connect with other providers. With these changes currently taking place and on the horizon, it is clear that health IT will play a pivotal role in the transformation of health care.