This week in healthcare analytics news, CIOs reflect on the highs and lows of the past year, and 2016 is predicted to bring major changes in health data sharing. In other articles, pathologists’ unique position in helping to reduce the rate of diagnostic errors is highlighted as critical to patient safety, CMS wants to shift the emphasis from technology to outcomes where the value-based reimbursement transition is concerned, and improving data analytics among ACOs is proven to strengthen care coordination.
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt believes physicians should be rewarded for the outcomes they want to achieve, rather than for the technology they use to get there. But, he says, “We cannot get there without information being connected,” asserting that it is not technology but business practices that are the major barrier to interoperable health information.
Slavitt says CMS hopes that as Medicare transitions to value-based reimbursement, “we spend less time as a department talking about how to manage and manipulate technology and technology rules and more time talking to physicians about the things that they actually care about, which are quality care and what we can do to support that—and get away from this stage of micromanaging every step of how someone uses technology.”
10 CIOs share their highs and lows for health IT in 2015.
Aurelia Boyer, Senior Vice President and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Kumar Chatani, Executive Vice President and CIO, Mount Sinai Health System (New York)
Lows: Cybersecurity issues, and shrinking healthcare revenue and reimbursements for providers
Praveen Chopra, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Transformative Innovative Environment Officer, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health (Philadelphia)
Randy Davis, CIO of CGH Medical Center (Sterling, Ill.)
John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston)
Rose Ann Laureto, CIO of ProMedica (Toledo, Ohio)
Robert Napoli, Senior Vice President, CIO, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (Seattle)
Craig Richardville, Senior Vice President, CIO, Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, N.C.)
Rick Schooler, CIO, Orlando (Fla.) Health
Ryan Smith, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, CIO, Banner Health (Mesa, Ariz.)
According to a brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies and the Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University, ensuring better health outcomes and quality medical services is dependent upon effective population health management. Additionally, improving data analytics among each ACO was shown to strengthen care coordination. With strong leadership and a team-based environment, ACOs can lead toward better public health outcomes around the country.