The fact of today's world is that patient's medical records do not reside in one system. I don't know anyone today that has only ever been to one doctor, it just doesn't happen. So, it's no wonder that we have trouble accessing a patient's full medical record, and verifying their identity across or even within systems.
It can take super-human strength to meet all of your IT goals!
If you're like a lot of healthcare IT executives that I have spoken to lately, it seems that you need super-human strength to be able to tackle all of your healthcare IT priorities. It's nearly impossible for IT departments to get everything done that is asked for or required (either by the government, or other hospital executives).
This is due in part, to the overwhelming demands on healthcare IT departments, whether it be an increase in the complexity of regulatory requirements to move to value-based care in a short amount of time, achieving the holy grail of interoperability, the need for analytics, or the threat of cyber-security and managing patient privacy. The list can go on and on!
If you Google “Population Health Management” you will get 77.5 million results, so there is no lack of information about population health management. But how do you make sense of what needs to happen for your organization to meet your population health goals? One step at a time…
Joining an HIE may have just gotten a boost, at least in some states. The recent news from the ONC announcing they’ve awarded $29.6M to twelve states and state designated entities for the purpose of moving interoperability and population health forward, led me to think about what this means for providers in these states and what opportunities may lie ahead for advancing the sharing of data, specifically within HIEs.