Tuesday, February 21, 2012

HIMSS12: Data Will Be Driver of Health Care Change

Ackerman, Kate. "HIMSS12: Data Will Be Driver of Health Care Change." iHealthBeat, February 21, 2012.

From the article: "The power of data was an overarching theme of the first day of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Las Vegas. "This is the golden age of information, and we're going to use it to help people live longer lives and better lives," Lowell Catlett, an economist and futurist, said…. He predicted that increased transparency will lead to a new form of medical tourism where insurers use data to determine where patients should go to get certain services.  New models could change the health care industry the same way iTunes changed the music industry, he said.  Paul Grundy -- president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and director of Healthcare Transformation at IBM -- explained how data already are starting to transform the health care industry. … Grundy called it a "no brainer" to re-engineer the health care system with available data that can be used to hold health care providers accountable. He said that initial data show that implementing patient-centered medical homes led to a drop in hospital emergency department use, shorter hospital stays, lower health care spending and lower mortality rates."  Read more

See Also
HIMSS Conference. "HIMSS12 Annual Conference and Exhibition."
HIMSS Conference. "2012 CIO Forum."