The connected EHR, cooperative med devices, and accountable tech are the future of health IT

November 14, 2013

Earlier this week I spoke at Atlanta Healthcare IT Leadership Summit on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and what I call “accountable tech“. I was pleasantly surprised to learn most of the audience agreed that ACOs can’t succeed without the right technology but am continuously disappointed as to how little we as an industry are doing about it.

Accountable tech is health IT that truly enables the slow but emerging move from fee for service (FFS) based payments to value-driven and outcomes based payments. Healthcare is not some system of payments or abstract concept of service — it’s what emerges from the millions of micro interactions and daily communications between providers and patients. Accountable tech starts with connected EHRs and fosters next-generation solutions that improves the relationship providers have with their patients during every encounter using prospective and predictive tech, not through retrospective analytics and quarterly reports. We’re suffering from disconnected EHRs and if we don’t fix that soon, ACOs and value-driven and outcomes-based care won’t succeed fast enough or at enough scale for it to matter in the long run.

Next week I’ll be talking about connected EHRs and accountable tech at TCBI’s Medical Device Connectivity Conference in the DC area. Please join me and other great speakers that will discuss how cooperative, coordinating, and connected medical devices can improve the value of your EHR investments.

If you work for a hospital you might qualify for a free pass, please check out this offer. Don’t leave vendors in the dark — drop by and let them know what you’re looking for so that they can build the right tech.

  • Patrick Randolph

    The biggest challenge is a technical one. The lack of APIs and insane difficulty of integration is really holding back doctor experience and the quality of end products.

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