Empower In Healthcare

The Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology (ONC) (2014) sees the future of interoperable healthcare as making “the right data available to the right people at the right time across products and organizations in a way that can be relied upon and meaningfully used by recipients” (p. 2). In simpler terms, it involves empowering patients, their families, and their care providers with the necessary tools to facilitate the sharing of healthcare information that leads to a more active role of the patient in managing their own healthcare and making well informed decisions about their care choices. In addition, public health initiatives will be enhanced by the influx of massive amounts of aggregated data that can …show more content…
Empower individuals. One of the main foci of HIE is the idea that individuals will take control of their healthcare. By providing easy to use and easy to access tools, patients can remain in the driver’s seat of their healthcare.
4. Leverage the market. Use of the driving forces of the current healthcare market to incentivize the interoperability of healthcare information systems will help to see more aggressive adoption of HIE initiatives.
5. Simplify. The focus should be on a natural, progressive learning and adoption of HIE technologies. As the technologies mature and become more complex, end users will be more apt to adopt and explore the new functionalities.
6. Maintain modularity. There should be attention given to designing systems that are modular rather than single source. As medicine and technology evolve, it’s much easier to update and maintain modularized systems rather than recoding an entire single source solution.
7. Consider the current environment and support multiple levels of advancement. As with any new technological advancement or innovation, there will be an adoption gradient amongst the targeted audience. This must be considered as data aggregation methods and policy reform take place throughout the life cycle of the interoperable healthcare
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Not surprisingly, many of the mentioned use cases align with various measures related to the CMS Meaningful Use EHR incentive program. Some key points from the three-year agenda are: facilitating patient engagement as stewards of their own healthcare data, expanding the interoperability of existing HIT, further standardization of vocabularies and terminologies, and incentivizing HIE via payment and policy reform. Moving forward, key points from the six-year agenda focus on improving quality and lowering cost; they include: expanded data sharing inclusive with public health, remote monitoring tools, and data aggregation and review (fostering epidemiologic and syndromic surveillance, along with boosting value-based payment reform). Finally, the ten-year agenda has it focus on “the learning health system” (ONC, p. 8). Expanded use of data aggregation for surveillance and research will help bolster the health of our nation as a whole. In addition, scientific research based on that data will foster new evidence-based best practices and clinical decision support tools to help efficiently and effectively respond to patients that enter the healthcare system for

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