As healthcare providers face increasing pressures to lower costs and reduce readmissions, they’re rapidly shifting towards accountable
care organizations (ACOs) and other coordinated, quality-based reimbursement systems. However, most providers have historically
organized their data and workflows in ways that best fi t the fee-for-service payment model. Now that so many providers are sharing
risks and rewards, they must also share and coordinate information by adopting more streamlined health information technology
Still, the complete replacement of existing systems isn’t an option for most organizations, especially those that operate within
expanding provider networks. CIOs need to control costs by retaining their existing assets, and hospitals and clinicians must keep
legacy systems running while they transition to new ones. Some of the larger health information systems feature dozens or even
hundreds of applications, many of which cannot be eliminated or consolidated. Ultimately, most healthcare organizations will need a
way to fill the informational “gaps” between existing software systems and what’s needed for success in accountable care and other
quality-based reimbursement models.
*This report is based on a HIMSS Industry Solutions & Healthcare IT News webinar presented by InterSystems Corporation in January 2013.