Four ways to continue the health care transformation
|Wednesday, 28 December 2016|
Electronic health records (EHRs) and the overall advancement of information technology have produced a tsunami of data that must be stored, managed and used. Some had naively hoped that EHRs would bring a simpler, more streamlined industry.
Instead, we’re finding that the delivery and management of health care is more complicated than ever. Fully interoperable systems that readily generate insights and best practices is still fantasy for most of us.
The pace of these changes is breathtaking, leading to operational complexity along with increasing pervasiveness of data streams. The proliferation of smartphones and mobile technology has further empowered a culture of individualism and consumerism in health care.
Millennials and Gen-Xers are turning up their noses at the traditional doctor-patient relationship and are demanding convenience and flexibility in health care services. Mobile devices are generating huge volumes of health-related data from mobile applications and social media. Finally, the internet of things has connected a broad array of machines, sensors and appliances to the Internet. Electronic protocols such as SMART on FHIR are enabling new levels of interoperability between health care applications that previously were limited to bulkier and more expensive interfaces.
Alan Cudney, RN-BC, PMP, CPHQ, FACHE, is a principal industry consultant in the Healthcare division of SAS Institute. As a registered nurse informaticist, Mr. Cudney is deeply grounded in processes and technology at the patient level. His healthcare experience of more than 30 years crosses hospital settings, managed care, disease management, outpatient psychiatry, long-term care and IT vendors. Mr. Cudney has directly staffed or led more than 40 consulting engagements, leading organizations to promote healthcare IT adoption, population health, clinical informatics, care coordination and quality improvement. The result includes multiple success stories and client testimonials. Mr. Cudney completed undergraduate work at the Florida State University and earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Science degrees from the University of Florida. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is widely published, has presented at national conferences and has served as guest lecturer for college courses. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Hospital Administration.
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