There are countless sayings about the power of teamwork and collaboration. One of my favorites is by Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” The truth is that when we look across healthcare there are many touch points. The catch is to make sure the points are touching.
Meaningful use stage one was about collecting meaningful information. Stage two is all around connecting, patient engagement and quality measures. A major goal of taking the information and providing it to patients is increasing patient engagement. As consumers we are educated, we make decisions based on information, such as when it’s time to purchase a new TV or coffee pot. With the access to the right, meaningful information, we are now part of making decisions about our own health and wellness.
We recently highlighted some Health IT trends that we see changing the face of healthcare. At the core of these trends is the pervasive belief that technology is the key to connecting the touch points in healthcare – where providers and payers work together as an efficient and effective team – while enabling patients to take a more active role in their own care. This technology is opening new and more effective lines of communication, harnessing the power of a more connected care experience.
HIMSS and new connections
As we head to the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in New Orleans in a few weeks, I hope to see and hear more about how we can make these connections happen.
- Patients – by mobilizing our solutions for patients, payers, and physicians. We’re focused on solutions that will increase patient engagement and provide patients access to the information they need. Our network offers the ability to integrate solutions with each touch point of the care journey — enhancing the patient experience where they need it, when they need it.
- Payers – with solutions that are bringing continuity to the care journey. Our mHealth integration engine brings an easier data flow process to our patient care journey. And, we’re eager to continue to form relationships and match our solutions with their needs easing workflow for the caregivers and bring better quality care without sacrificing time and cost.
- Physicians – by making the time they have with their patients mean more through meaningful patient information, accessible at the point and time of care. We can help improve patient care by connecting the touch points of a patient’s life, and help identify cost-effective solutions that will lead to the best lifecycle management– from preventative measures to transitions to wellness.
Let’s tweet about mHealth!
I’d like to invite you to join me in a pre-HIMSS twitter chat on Feb. 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET, to explore how mobile solutions can connect the dots in healthcare – follow #InnovatingHC.