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Value-based care is a critical goal, but one that can be complex to operationalize. And yet, it is well worth striving to achieve. Getting there requires a connected healthcare system that does not yet fully exist. I recently collaborated with colleagues and the American Medical Informatics Association to co-author a paper detailing this gap—the chasm between our current health IT ecosystem and the ecosystem that we need to solidify—a crack that must be closed if true value-based care and a learning health system are to be realized.
The fields of healthcare and life science are experiencing massive change, due to economic, policy and technological factors. At their core, the shifts center around the pursuits of precision medicine and value-based care.
EHR adoption rates are nearing 100 percent, yet we see a steady stream of headlines reporting dissatisfaction. Physicians are demanding more from EHRs—and patients want more, too. While there is ample opinion on the current effectiveness of EHRs, we can all agree that EHRs have room to improve. Looking ahead, we envision four key ways in which EHRs could do more and further advance quality of treatment and care.
The search for true interoperability can be time consuming, frustrating, and confusing. Wide claims are often made about data integration solutions, only to later find they aren’t truly interoperable—and the chatter at HIMSS will be no different. The best way to ensure a satisfying conference experience is to pull the plug on the propaganda and get prepared.
Cut through the clutter by using the three C’s of true interoperability as your guide: care, collaboration and cost.
By John Raden, Chief Executive Officer
Are confidentiality, privacy, security and sharing incompatible goals?
As healthcare professionals, we know that every data point presents an opportunity to learn and improve care. We want to integrate and share data. Yet often, we don’t. We’re standing at the precipice of the healthcare information technology and big data information age, with data security concerns as one of the most pressing issues in the modern healthcare-computing environment. And it’s impeding our progress.
Billions have been invested to capture and store patient data, resulting in the creation of massive quantities of healthcare data—more today than at any point in history. Yet, an estimated 80% of that data remains unstructured, and therefore, locked and inaccessible.
Through the lens of precision medicine, all disease, no matter how common, is rare disease.