Insights from Hospital CIO Panel on Accelerating Value and Innovation at #HCTAssembly

Meaningful use definitely creating a rush to implement EHR which meant really poor planning on what data would be put in the EHR and how it would be put in.

There’s so much low hanging fruit in healthcare, I don’t think we’ll know the answer to this for a while.

These 3 tweets definitely illustrate a theme from these hospital CIOs. We focus too much on the EHR implementation as a one time event and not the ongoing EHR optimization which is 80% of the project (as one CIO defined it).

If we thought EHR was a challenge, the move to value based care is going to be so much harder.

We don’t need to throw more IT at the problem. We can throw all the IT at healthcare that we want, but if we don’t transform care in the process, then we won’t see that much impact on healthcare.

Changing the incentives are a real challenge. Plus, we know how they can go wrong if implemented poorly. However, will we really transform care given the current incentives?

I think all of us can’t wait for this day. I’m not that optimistic that we’ll just wake up to a change. If we do wake up to a change like this I have a feeling it will sneak up on the current healthcare establishment from outside healthcare as we know it today.

This is a great summary of what healthcare IT should help us accomplish.

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John Lynn

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