Strategically Rethinking IT to Engage Patients and Adapt to the Rapidly Changing Healthcare Landscape
“We have the opportunity to build a future where hospitals are as much associated with health as they are with sickness, more closely aligned in the minds of our patients with the joy of living than the fear of dying” (Rick Pollack, American Hospital Association President & CEO). The U.S. Healthcare Industry is dynamic, complex and evolving. It is gradually transitioning away from a traditional fee-for-service model to one that incorporates value into the payment equation with the objectives of managing populations of health and creating better patient outcomes in a cost efficient manner. In addition, the forces of chronic care management and consumerism are pushing structural shifts in healthcare, redefining how hospitals interact with patients and elevating the importance of technology to enable more coordinated patient care and encourage a higher degree of patient engagement.
While many health systems have made large investments in recent years to demonstrate Meaningful Use of certified EHRs and the transition to ICD-10, the focus in the coming years will be focused on EHR optimization as well as on the cost and quality effects of care transformation and improved collaboration. Effectively utilizing technology to support population health management, leveraging analytics to better understand the costs of care and actuarial risk associated with patient populations, coordinating the exchange of data across the care continuum will become more important. Having the right IT solutions, intelligence and capabilities (i.e. staff) will be central in these efforts and many health systems are making investments so they can better manage care across acute care hospitals, urgent care centers, outpatient clinics, and other care settings.
CIOs and IT Executives (including CMIOs, CISOs) need to be at the forefront, driving down costs, increasing innovation and playing a strategic role in decision making. If IT organizations lack the skills and resources to enable the necessary changes, CIOs may need to source them externally. With the right capabilities and the help of disruptive technologies, CIOs can move value-based initiatives forward quickly, lowering costs and optimizing service delivery.
The 2017 Healthcare IT Institute has been designed by Healthcare CIOs for Healthcare CIOs. The agenda recognizes the importance of keeping abreast of current technology developments in a highly regulated and rapidly evolving environment and over the course of two and a half days, you will accomplish a great deal, digging into a range of highly relevant and timely topics, and gleaning actual pragmatic tips and best practices from your peers.