One of the most common questions asked these days is “What is healthcare innovation?” Like the story of the blind men touching different sides of an elephant and each describing something separate, you will hear a wide variety of answers to this question based on whom you ask.
I am a practicing physician with extra responsibility for informatics and innovation. I love being able to do multiple things in my day, but I do often hear “How do you juggle all those roles?” The simple answer is that I truly treat them as synergistic—they feed and support each other.
I love reading about advanced technologies that have the potential to help with our most complex patients. It will be a fantastic future where natural language processing mixed with big data analytics will help diagnose difficult cases and suggest novel management strategies.
There is a new kid in town and his name is population health. While accountable care organizations (ACOs) are the risk-sharing, value-based reimbursement model that people are talking about, it will be population health management which helps fuel the innovative care models of the future and allow organizations to be successful as reimbursement evolves.
It is time for the HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition. I have attended for more than 20 years and seen it through the eyes of a physician, an informaticist, a consultant and a vendor. I am often asked about the best way to handle this massive conference of more than 30,000 attendees, so let me share some thoughts on how to find innovation, share innovation or sell innovation. The easiest way to do this is to break the conference into its three main parts: the educational sessions, the exhibit hall and networking.
Recently, I published a book, titled Innovation with Information Technology in Healthcare, which contains the stories of almost 20 organizations that have been innovative in their approach to using health IT. I wanted to share some of the lessons from these stories to help guide your journey of using clinical innovation and technology to deliver better, faster and more cost-effective care at your organization.
Every few months another study warns of a severe shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs) in the future. A recent report published in the Annals of Family Medicine explained how we will require 52,000 more PCPs by 2025 due to population growth, aging demographics and insurance expansion.