Thursday, October 4, 2012

Accelerating Electronic Information Sharing to Improve Quality and Reduce Costs in Health Care

A recent conference at the Bipartisan Policy Center:

Accelerating Electronic Information Sharing to Improve Quality and Reduce Costs in Health Care

The full agenda is here and you can watch all the proceedings online in the video:


There are some great sessions but as always Dr Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services makes a very compelling case for the value proposition for Meaningful Use Part 2  and while he understands the pushback on patient engagement in MU2
"How can we be held accountable for what patients do"
As he says (around 190 mins)

If we are to get better health at lower cost - how can we not engage the patient
The impact of patient engagement in Patient Health - it would be a Blockbuster drug!
Providers need to stimulate this activity - since patients are the "Best Fact Checkers in the world"

Quite! He also talks about the new age of quality measures and describes how one hospital used to review quality measures retrospectively; "patients would be discharged from hospital or dead". Before the introduction of real time analysis they would do a retrospective analysis to show what did right (or not).

More often than not they found they had failed. With the new technology (such as this) they run the quality measures before the patients leave and get the opportunity to fix the missing treatments and care before the patient leaves the facility. Turning error reporting into error catching and correcting. Now that's valuable

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