With the release of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regulations, healthcare providers must be able to identify, access, and seamlessly share patient information to drive efficiencies and enjoy a potential share in ACO program incentives. Additionally, more than half of the 93 draft National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) ACO measures are also Meaningful Use measures, which further elevates the need to achieve meaningful use stage 2 or higher.
Given these goals, success will ultimately depend on an organization’s ability to share patient data at the point of care and its ability to gain meaning from historical and longitudinal data for use in managing population health. Healthcare organizations will need to give focused attention to the IT strategies, appropriate architectures, and roadmaps they will use to move from desired state to reality.
We discuss the practical architectural approach for creating an ACO. As Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) evolve into their second generation, they are able to the support the functional ACO tasks of delivering and managing care for a defined population, accept payment, distribute savings to participants, and perform disease management with predictive modeling to improve outcomes. We will also discuss the need to achieve meaningful use stage 2 or higher and the data/analytics requirements for ACO participants.
Presenter Martin Sizemore is the Director of Healthcare Strategy for Perficient. Martin has been a consultant and trusted advisor to CEOs, COOs, CIOs and senior managers for global multi-national companies and healthcare organizations, and is a certified Enterprise Architect with specialized skills in Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).