CIOs can very likely expect some sleepless nights now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Actâ€”and will likely need to search for robust electronic medical records (EMRs).
â€œTransforming the delivery of health care will take much more than the strike of a gavel or stroke of a pen,â€ says Rich Umbdenstock, the American Hospital Association’s president.
According to Umbdenstock, â€œit 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 rulesâ€”but thereâ€™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. â€œWe’re talking here about much more robust EHRs, patient portals, CPOEs, personal health records, and health information exchanges,â€ writes InformationWeek Health Care Editor Paul Cerrato.
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