After delivering a fascinating view on the potential applications of big data and analytics in healthcare at the 2013 Knowledge Network event, Jeff Hammerbacher, who was responsible for conceiving, building and leading the data team at Facebook, and is now leading a team partnered with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine on a project designed to apply the power of Big Data to predicting and understanding the process and treatment of disease, was asked a simple question: What do you think is the biggest opportunity to apply big data in healthcare right now? His reply: Understanding what is currently happening across the healthcare ecosystem would be a good place to start. For a pioneering disruptive thinker like Mr. Hammerbacher to offer such a simple actionable item as his first thought, tells you we have much work to do to harness the opportunity in front of us to make better use of data.
You’ve heard the buzz, ICD-10 will be delayed a year now that President Obama has signed the bill. At Netsmart, we believe the delay to ICD-10 implementation simply forestalls the inevitable. All current activities from Accountable Care, Meaningful Use, and Mental Health Parity are based upon a shift from pay-for-quantity to pay-for-quality.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) outlined the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) through Meaningful Use. The MU requirements include functional capabilities for clinical decision support rules. Any organization or provider going after MU incentive dollars are getting acquainted with decision support functionalities.
I continually hear about budget cuts and loss of funding associated with public health departments. Many of these organizations are facing tough decisions regarding care in their communities. Organizations will be forced to reduce the types of services they offer while others in their communities fill in the gaps. Instead of reducing these services, does Accountable Care Act (ACA) offer public health an opportunity to change course?
Despite all of his attributes and accomplishments, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged he wasn’t a good project manager. “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me,” he said. Now, admittedly, Lincoln was conducting a project much larger and much more complex than we encounter, but the principles remain the same. How do you take control of all of the variables that constitute a project and find predictability in the outcomes?
The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime. Continue reading Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment