Question from Mandi Bishop, health IT consultant:
What are/could health IT innovators do to markedly improve healthcare and achieve Triple Aim goals, in lieu of forced compliance with CMS/ONC mandates, to offset Meaningful Use incentive dollars and associated reimbursement penalties?
Don’t laugh. I’m serious!
Instituting governance is the single most innovative thing health IT can do in lieu of Meaningful Use that would offset the loss of incentive dollars and reimbursement penalties, improve population health, and improve patient clinical outcomes.
Sound like Triple Aim goals? It should. You don’t have to implement new technology to make the most of what you have. It’s all about the process, baby.
How much faster would your revenue cycle be if 30% more patient data was valid?
What if identifying a vocabulary owner of LOINC freed your lab from its local compendium, and you were able to reconcile and aggregate your own labs with third-party labs? How many fewer unnecessary tests might you order?
How is the patient experience improved when the patient and all caregivers have access to accurate, timely, relevant health information from all their care sources?
Innovating is thinking outside the box. Right now, that box is Meaningful Use – the program where deadlines don’t just discourage, but blatantly ignore, fundamental IT governance principles, and our nation’s patients have become unwitting lab rats in the grandest series of human trials the FDA never realized it should have reviewed.
So be a rebel. Get back to basics. Block, tackle, and institute governance.
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