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A New Chapter for DiagnosisOne

November 30, 2012

2013 Outlook: Year of Patient Care, Data Integrity

What an interesting year for the healthcare industry – which we feel is truly at a tipping point. So much is being discussed amongst industry CIO and CMO circles, including strategies for meeting Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, fitting into the Accountable Care Organization and Patient Centered Medical Home care delivery models, compliance with ICD-10 coding mandates, and much, much more. And with the re-election of President Obama, the healthcare industry will be able to stay the course and move forward with the momentum that has been established during the last few years.

Earlier this fall, we announced that DiagnosisOne had joined Alere, which gives us access to a broader range of resources that will advance our decision support and analytics solutions. In addition, we were thrilled to be recognized by Black Book Rankings as the leading clinical decision support vendor for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  To learn more about our solutions, please view our demo video below.

With less than two months left in 2012, we feel it’s a good time to take stock of the past year, explore how healthcare is shifting and offer predictions on what will be hot button topics next year.

Here are some top issues that will transform the healthcare industry in 2013:

  •  Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements will boost care coordination and health information exchange:
    • We have carefully reviewed the intricacies of the final rule on Meaningful Use Stage 2 issued in late August.  Similar to our strategy with Stage 1, we are one step ahead of the game and are deploying solutions to assist our partners and customers to prepare for, and stay compliant, on all stages of Meaningful Use.
    • 2013 will be a pivotal year as physicians take the steps to meet Meaningful Use compliance, which now focuses more on how healthcare IT is used rather than what it is capable of doing. That said, care coordination that is made possible through heath information exchange will become critically important.
    • Patient engagement increasingly at the center of care:
      • Stage 2 also creates an urgency to demonstrate the use of technology to engage patients in their care and improve quality by reducing care gaps, ensuring understanding of chronic conditions and increasing adherence to necessary and critical treatment plans.
      • We see a monumental shift away from acute care and the fee for service model, to preventative services and patient engagement. We applaud this shift and look forward to helping move the industry into the next generation of healthcare, where compensation will be linked to health outcomes and not just the bottom line.

 

  •  Data-driven Intelligence:
    • Data-driven predictive models will break down silos to improve care coordination and approaches around risk stratification in 2013.
    • Automating and modernizing processes will enable healthcare organizations to provide more efficient workflows and coordination of care, which will reduce duplicate tests and prevent errors in conflicting treatments when patients have several doctors attending to them. In all, healthcare will become even more data driven, but more importantly, focused on wellness.

 

  • Emerging Payment Models: the new ACO frontier:
    • Reimbursement for care must be focused on the patient and outcomes rather than on services rendered.  The ACO concept is a start, but which business model or models eventually win still remains to be seen.
    • Improving quality and efficiency, rather than just reporting on it, places a heavy reliance on ACO-wide clinical and cost analytics. While many physicians will not enter into an ACO agreement due to perceived lack of return on investment, analyzing clinical outcomes based on real world patient data will likely be worth the upfront investment.

With new regulations pushing the healthcare industry forward to ensure better patient management and care, we at DiagnosisOne feel energized as we head into the New Year and enter into President Obama’s second term. Clinical Decision Support will be key to changing the way care is currently delivered and will improve health outcomes, while enabling our customers to make the most informed, evidence-based decisions. These decisions need to be made in real time, at the point of care and beyond.

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