Sometimes a single phrase can encapsulate an entire conference. At the recent eHealth Week 2016 event in Amsterdam, a comment during the opening keynote framed the whole week for me, “Time and place no longer matter.”
Most accountable care organizations have health information technology in place to improve quality and lower costs, but many say difficulties with data exchange are keeping them from reaching their potential.
As the data tsunami continues with states well underway with HIE development and more ACOs coming online, we still have to bring it back to the patient and ask what will it take to make the millions of gigs of information out there make a real difference to the guy in the hospital gown? Or, to the grandmother rehabilitating from hip surgery at home?
Over my many years serving in the healthcare industry, I've come to equate information technology to that cadre of close friends who, if you're lucky enough to have them, make your life fun and fulfilling.