I don’t even know what I am reading any more. In the article Challenges posed by accountable care drive new data uses I was stumped to even recognize this as even healthcare. Here are some samples:
- In many cases, ACOs are finding they need to incorporate data from a variety of sources, placing new importance on activities such as master data management, analytics and population health management applications.
- According to Hess, one of the keys for ACO success is the ability to gather the data and combine it into a data warehouse that can direct overall efforts. “Master data management (MDM) tools are critical to the success of these efforts.”
- “Some MDM tool providers focus on patient identity resolution—the classic (enterprise master patient identifier) problem space—while others focus exclusively on reference data, which is the space of terminology management tools,” Hess says.
- Doctors are gaining interest in all this added data. “Some doctors are secretly data junkies,” Pomeroy says. “Some are curious, but have never had access to high fidelity data. The new level of transparency is pulling them in.” Value-based care is creating a tipping point in physician interest, he says. “It’s the new way they do business.”
- Aside from data helping ACOs to accomplish their mission, data can also be used to help providers get a vision of their potential future in an ACO. John Kelly, principal business advisor for Edifecs, says data can be used to see where their risks would lie, if a provider organization joined an ACO. Organizations are having to sign on to an ACO “with a blindfold on,” he says, and “that’s why there are a lot of horror stories going on.
- This requires the ability to test and manage thousands of data-sharing relationships. The data is likened to a supply chain, Kelly says. “The irony is: every other industry has been doing this. It’s about supply chain integration–all those things that other industries have already nailed.”
To be fair, I lifted this all from the Health Data Management site so I know this is their line of work and these techies are getting psyched out of their mind to play with all this health data. The problem is that patients are human and not numbers. They are not part of a “supply chain”. This pendulum has swung too fair in the direction of industrialized medicine and now needs to swing back some. How? There needs to be more effort into low tech, individualized medicine. Call it face time with your doctor. Or, how about lets start using the metric TWP or Time With Patient? Yeah, that would slow things time and put a wrench in the system but isn’t that what patients want?Tweet