5 Key IT Capabilities to Support ACOs

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

The Accountable Care Implementation Collaborative IT capability roadmap outlines key IT capabilities for coordinating accountable care.

The model is designed to support the evolution of organizations from the current care delivery model to a fully coordinated accountable care model, the collaborative explained in a press release.

Roadmap designers developed a phased approach that ultimately will lead to seamless accountable care coordination and clinical integration through the following “levels of maturity:”

  • Transaction – IT supporting individual providers in delivering care and measuring outcomes.

  • Interaction – Basic care coordination capabilities with initial population-based metrics.

  • Integration – Care coordination capabilities improve, and health status measurement is possible.

  • Collaboration – Seamless care coordination with demonstrable improvement in population health status.

  • Transformation – Realize across the population the Triple Aim™ goals of improving the health of the population, enhancing the patient care experience and controlling the per capita cost of care.

Each stage incorporates capabilities specific to transaction management, integration and the analytics necessary to support coordinated care delivery models.

The collaborative is part of the Premier healthcare alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 72,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care.

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