The notion of patient-centeredness has become a bit of buzzword across the healthcare industry with often less than clear meaning and intention. Historically, however, healthcare has not focused on the patient per se, evidenced all the way down to healthcare IT strategies and achievements.
EHR systems, HIMSS stages of achievement, use of data warehouses and analytics, and performance scorecards have all focused on episodic care. A lack of a more complete patient focus can be attributed to a payment model alignment that rewards healthcare providers for volume of visits and admissions over the value of care being provided.
All of this has begun to change with an increased focus on value-based contracts where healthcare providers are now at risk for the total cost and quality of care provided regardless of when and where the care occurred. Change in payment models has highlighted significant holes in IT and data strategies that need to be addressed if an organization is to achieve success in this new payment paradigm.
- Demonstrate an understanding of value-based payment as context for a more patient-centered approach in healthcare IT
- Illustrate specific approaches in making healthcare IT more patient focused
- Assess the current state of healthcare IT patient-centeredness within your own organization