No matter where the call for change in the American healthcare system is coming from, it's clear that good IT services are only part of delivery and implementation. But a recent report from the CEO Council on Health and Innovation looked at the ways that American healthcare could stand to be more innovative, and that includes using promising new technology effectively.
The Council represents several CEOs from high profile companies, including Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as medical insurance businesses like Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Since the members of the council expect more money to be spent on healthcare in the near future, as soon as next year, following these suggestions is important.
One of the challenges identified in the report was the need for comprehensive electronic health solutions, including records. Interoperability was also an important factor, as several leading health officials have identified. Among the actions the report advises is a series of different technological solutions.
"Developing and implementing new models of care requires investment not only in electronic health records (EHRs) but also health information exchange, which together enable clinicians at the point of care to access, analyze, and share patient information from the multiple settings in which care and services are delivered, such as physician offices and clinics, hospitals, imaging centers, laboratories, and pharmacies," it reads.
In general, the Council is advocating for more companies to support its plan and for businesses to work harder in improving healthcare on an individual, community and nation-wide level. Practices can urge the process along with the help of a healthcare IT consulting business.