More work for health care CIOs?

CIOs can very likely expect some sleepless nights now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act—and will likely need to search for robust electronic medical records (EMRs).

“Transforming the delivery of health care will take much more than the strike of a gavel or stroke of a pen,” says Rich Umbdenstock, the American Hospital Association’s president.

According to Umbdenstock, “it calls for the entire health care community to continue to work together, along with patients and purchasers, to implement better-coordinated, high-quality care.”

One challenge will come from the mandate to achieve better-coordinated care. Certainly, over the past few years, there have been efforts made to improve coordination, as evidenced by meaningful use rules—but there’s a much bigger task ahead of IT departments in finding a way to coordinate between medical practices, hospitals and rehab centers as well as all the other players, such as home-health agencies.

Another challenge will come from the mandate to prove that all of the systems being implemented will actually improve clinical outcomes. “We’re talking here about much more robust EHRs, patient portals, CPOEs, personal health records, and health information exchanges,” writes InformationWeek Health Care Editor Paul Cerrato.

When it comes to EHRs, none is more robust that gloSTREAM’s flagship EMR, gloEMR. If you’re concerned about keeping up with the Affordable Care Act, contact us today. We can show you how gloEMR can help.

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