Secret Sauce For ACOs: One Healthcare CIO's Answer

The technological underpinnings for an accountable care organization (ACO) include all the basic healthcare IT you have heard so much about, including electronic health records (EHRs), electronic medical records (EMRs), and health information exchange (HIE) for transmitting patient data between participating organizations that are not necessarily all on the same EHR.

The technological underpinnings for an accountable care organization (ACO) include all the basic healthcare IT you have heard so much about, including electronic health records (EHRs), electronic medical records (EMRs), and health information exchange (HIE) for transmitting patient data between participating organizations that are not necessarily all on the same EHR.

ACOs also need something else, according to Hackensack University Medical Center CIO Shafiq Rab, whose institution leads the Hackensack Alliance ACO in partnership with physician practices in its region. An ACO also needs software to fill in the gaps between the other systems and services. That missing piece, active care coordination management, will be the subject of an HIMSS conference presentation he will be giving later this month along with Alan Gilbert of technology provider TEAM of Care.

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Source: InformationWeek