From our friends at Top Masters in Healthcare - see below for an interesting analysis (and great graphical representation) of important health care data, both financial and operational. Scroll down through the (rather large) graphic to reveal increasingly detailed information about costs, chronic disease, and the increasing demand on staff and IT. Perhaps this will be useful information as you consider investments in new care delivery models.
One tremendous inhibitor today is that technologies are not in place to enable these models, and worse, technologies that are in place actually present huge obstacles.
There may be some surprising information here and some not so surprising. The fact that chronic disease accounts for such a large number of deaths (7 in 10) and has increased to now effect 1 in 2 people is one of the greatest economic forces driving reform and the creation of new health care delivery models. Previous reports claim this number to be 1 in 3, but the message is the same: this population is extremely expensive and requires immediate, proactive care to make them healthier and keep them out of hospitals. These approaches result in healthier patients and lowers costs rather quickly.
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Programs such as Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Accountable Care, Avoidable Readmissions and Care Transitions are all developed to address these costly and difficult patient populations. From a business or operating perspective, these programs simply incorporate a "best practices" approach to care: identify patients at risk and proactively follow proven care plans to mitigate the risk of adverse events. This invariably requires the marshalling of several resources that must be well timed and coordinated. This is something that other industries mastered long ago, and that health care is only starting to address. When patients are cared for in this fashion, they are healthier and less costly, but they require new care delivery models to be successful.
With new models come new roles and responsibilities. New roles such as Health Coaches and Case Managers work closely with hospitals, physicians, and post acute providers to assure better care and follow through, better outcomes, and lower costs. With a "coach" in place, and a model of care that is effective, we can address many of these problems.
Existing technologies did not anticipate these new models of care, or new payment models such as capitated pricing, bundled payments, or accountable care models. Your existing technology vendors did not anticipate new roles such as Health Coaches, Navigators and Care Coordinators. Nor did they anticipate the coordination that would be required among multiple providers simultaneously. That's where Ankota comes in!! If you are looking at new care delivery models like those above, then you need technology that allows you to coordinate care with other providers and operate efficiently along the way. Don't throw out your existing EMR systems or other IT invetments, simply make them better by using Ankota's technology to make them extensible.Contact us now and see why Ankota's is the fastest growing and easiest to use Care Coordination Network in existence.
Source: Best Masters in Healthcare