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    CIOs committing to more population health technology

    As healthcare stakeholders improve on the technology they’ll need to support population health management, chief information officers (CIOs) say they’ll invest more money to support their population health and care coordination strategies, according to a report recently published by KPMG, LLP, an audit, tax and consulting firm.

    The report, “Beyond Implementation: Optimizing EHRs to Realize Results,” documents the opinions of more than 100 members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), who ranked their top priority for capital investment over the next three years.

    Thirty-eight percent of respondents identified electronic health record (EHR) optimization, followed by 21% who said investments in accountable care or population health technology are their top priority. Clinical and operational analytics technology placed third with 16%. Virtual or telehealth technology enhancements was next at 13%, followed by revenue cycle systems replacement at 7% and ERP systems replacement was last at 6%.

    “A good population health IT infrastructure is going to require capturing data from many different types of technologies such as EHRs, mobile devices, claims data software and telehealth systems,” said Ralph Fargnoli, advisory managing director at KPMG. “In addition, the appropriate software is needed to aggregate and analyzed patient data before physicians can find trends and patterns relating to treatment and outcomes of the group of patients being followed.” 

    Fargnoli told Medical Economics that one key element to building a successful population health management program is to create interoperable EHRs that will allow care teams to securely share quality data to help them make informed decisions in a timely manner.

    However, creating the right IT system to follow large groups of patients can be challenging.

    In a 2016 KPMG report, researchers concluded that health organizations still suffer from a fragmented system where care is delivered in silos, data is not shared across the continuum of care, patients are engaged on a reactive basis and patient data is used only when care is administered.

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