This week I’m heading to the 2013 Accountable Care and HIT Strategies Summit in San Francisco. From the 10th to the 12th, I’ll be there there to learn more about the impact the Accountable Care Organization model will have on how it impacts patients, clinical operations, and finances.
At Macadamian, we’ve worked with vendors who already care about improving clinical workflows, clinical decision supports, and patient documentation with EHR’s. We want to help them with their goals of improving the overall quality of care, reducing readmission rates, and also helping their customers decrease overall healthcare costs.
In addition to these goals, we’re interested in exploring and understanding how Accountable Care will impact the entire healthcare system, including how it affects the general public. Consider population health solutions like wellness apps and other patient engagement technologies that are aimed at improving the health of individuals before, during, and after they become “patients”. These areas are particularly interesting because they include the individual in the healthcare stakeholder chain: It won’t work if you don’t sustain the engagement of the larger population. Many companies, including payers, understand that by motivating the general population to take care of their own health before they become a patient, the ROI can be realized for all of us.
I’m excited to hear what other companies and individuals are doing to help align all components of this, and not just the hospital-care to home-care model. The better health IT is connected across the entire care continuum, the better we’re able to sustain a high level of health and care.