NHIT Week: A long way to go before HIT reaches a tipping point
Leading up to National Health IT Week, HIMSS invited members of the health IT blog community to pen new, original posts that share their opinions on the impact health IT will have in 2013. The question was posed: How will health IT make a difference a year from now at the next National Health IT Week?
My personal opinion is that we still have a long way to go before HIT reaches a tipping point. That said, a year will make a big difference as ACOs and other value-based care models gain momentum and drive adoption. I hope by the eight annual National Health IT Week that patient engagement has increased significantly and that HIT has played an integral role in this increase.
I also posed the question above to several respected colleagues:
Tim Kelly (Dialog Medical): The continued growth in the formation of Accountable Care Organizations throughout 2012 and the first part of 2013 is due in large measure to the role played by health IT in two key areas. First, care coordination among the participants within the more heterogeneous ACOs has been possible due to the interoperability of the health IT employed by those participant organizations. Second, the use of health IT to provide patients with information on their care is allowing those beneficiaries to be more engaged partners thereby enhancing their overall health and outcomes and ultimately contributing to the shared saving goals of the ACOs.
John Tempesco (ICA): Healthcare is facing its biggest challenges since the implementation of the perspective payment system decades ago. Value based reimbursement, starting with non-reimbursement of readmission next month, will drive fundamental change within the system. At the same time, clinical data is being collected with greater volume, velocity, variability and complexity than ever before. These conditions will force HealthIT to focus on harnessing that data to tackle these new challenges and evolve healthcare to the next level.
Steven Merahn (ActiveHealth Management): An evolution of HIT from data capture and transaction management to HIT systems as “intelligent agents” supporting human interactions in care delivery. Physicians will increasingly taking responsibility for the design and utilization of these systems as they embrace a leadership role in collaborative care, and reinforce their role as critical influencer of patient decisions. We’ll also see patients and professionals interacting on and working from the same HIT platform, but one that is adaptive to the health literacy and knowledge level of the user. This will creates a level of equity between the patient and all the members of their health care provider teams.