Preparing for Accountable Care: The Role of Health IT in Building Capability
Accountable care, which has become closely linked with healthcare reform efforts, is a method for organizing and delivering healthcare that empowers providers and holds them accountable for patient healthcare outcomes and quality and improvements in population health status within defined financial constraints, and aligns provider reimbursement with performance on those three dimensions.
Accountable care expectations are taking hold in payment reforms in the private sector and in government programs as the healthcare sector struggles to improve health and control rampant healthcare cost inflation.
In this environment, healthcare delivery organizations must be able to practice and deliver accountable care – or risk clinical and financial failure. New organizational capabilities are required to support the accountable care delivery model, and healthcare organizations must take steps now to ensure that they make the right investments in clinical information systems, point of care automation, master data management, health information exchange, patient engagement, care management and coordination, and performance management to meet the challenge.
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