This past year continued the momentum for healthcare IT technology innovation that started more than a decade ago. 2015 was filled with “FHIR-drills” around ICD-10, the rocky transition from Meaningful Use Stage 2 to Stage 3, and an ongoing push for interoperability, and 2016 will see a continued focus in many of these areas. Health Data Management summarized several of the key trends from 2015 that will continue to impact health IT in 2016. We have highlighted a few of these below
From changing how physicians are reimbursed to what they are reimbursed for, 2015 saw many variations from what has historically been considered the norm. The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) replaced the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The new system, which includes IT use, still has a lot of kinks to be worked out before it is ready for use.
Additionally, this year we saw a shift from a fee-for-service model to a value-based care model. The main impetus for this transformation comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services declaring that 30% of provider payments will be tied to quality and value by the end of 2016, and 50% by 2018.
This past year saw an increased emphasis on personalized medicine. Early in 2015, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative, which increases funding in research, technologies and policies that can improve care for patients. In 2016, the President called for $215M to support the program. Genetic-based information and treatment will continue to be a force in health care delivery in the new year.
Securing Healthcare Data
Jeopardizing patient health information collection are the mega-hacks rocking the healthcare industry. From Anthem to Premera Blue Cross, these attacks have made it blatantly clear that having secure data infrastructure must be a priority.
Analytics and Interoperability
Another important aspect of patient data is how it is shared and used. The inability to share information between different systems over the past year has brought to light just how critical interoperability is to providers and patients. This applies to both exchanges between facilities and creating a connected network between different vendor systems in the hospital to promote efficiency and prevent medication errors.
The shift to value-based care has providers looking for new ways to use analytics to their advantage, so they can provide the best care at the least cost. Analytics software can be used for a variety of purposes, such as helping to navigate through patient records to identify issues that nurses or physicians may have missed, such as allergies or anomalies. Other analytics tools are used to analyze medication dispensing system data to flag drug diverters in a health system.
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