Analytics technology is the number-one IT requirement for implementing an accountable-care organization (ACO), according to 197 providers (at 187 organizations) interviewed by KLAS (Orem, Utah) to get an early picture of what ACOs mean for the health-care IT market (see figure). Health information exchanges, data warehouses, and patient portals also figure prominently in the must-have list of IT solutions for ACOs. Considering the enormous amount of data processing and reporting required to manage a patient population effectively in an ACO setting, a surprising 13% of respondents feel that they have everything that they need.
Figure. Adapted, with permission, from “Accountable Care: Providers Forge the ACO Trail,” August 2011, figure 3, © KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved; www.KLASresearch.com.