Implementation of Technology for Care Coordination – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/19 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Neelam Sharma, RHIT (@Nee2Sha) on the topic “Implementation of Technology for Care Coordination.”

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has defined care coordination as the practice of organizing patient care activities and sharing information between the contributors of the patient’s care in order to ensure that it is safe and effective. Care coordination aims to meet patient needs and deliver high-quality health care. Hence, it is necessary to understand the patient’s needs and preferences, and to communicate at the right time to the right people. This information is used to manage the delivery of safe, appropriate, and effective care. Care coordination is an important way to not only improve patient experience, but to also improve efficiency and safety. This in turn enhances the outcomes for patients, providers, and any others involved.

Technology plays an essential role in the implementation of care coordination, as it reduces delays and redundancies in treatment plans. An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is one of the standard technologies used in healthcare. It improves communication and advances care coordination. It also helps incorporate and manage patient health information, which accelerates distribution to the authorized providers involved in patients’ care.

Several studies indicate that the use of a health information exchange platform aid in the reduction of tests and exam orders in the ED. Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are also subsequently used for the expansion of care management. The implementation of Blockchain technology not only encourages patients to take control of their healthcare data, but it also provides data with accuracy and privacy. Plus, it allows patients the option of choosing a provider online or making a telehealth visit based on their medical history.

In the modern age of healthcare, EHR is considered an effective tool used to document services. It is, however, inadequate in closing the healthcare gap among providers and in supporting the coordination of care across all health and social services. We need a system that can fully integrate the care team and close health care gaps.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll discuss the following questions.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: In your opinion, how does technology enhance the quality and coordination of care? #HITsm

T2: How would you identify the proper technology that could improve care coordination? #HITsm

T3: Do you think Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems improve care coordination? Please elaborate. #HITsm

T4: There are many ways to use technology to reduce risks and promote quality outcomes. Name some and their impact on quality care. #HITsm

T5: Are you satisfied with the role technology has played to support patient care? What improvements do you expect to see in future? #HITsm

Bonus: We all know the importance of patient participation in care services. How can we incorporate patient perspectives and technology to achieve better care? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule

2/26 – Social Media and Career Development
Hosted by Mandi Bishop (@MandiBPro)

3/5 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

3/12 – How Can a Digital Workforce Address Healthcare’s Challenges?
Hosted by Linda Stotsky (@EMRAnswers) from @Bossoft

3/19 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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