Spotlight – ONC Chief Dr. Farzad MostashariMarch 14, 2012
A fantastic article written by Russ Mitchell and featured on Kaiser Health News – Farzad Mostashari: Man On A Digital Mission, offers everyone involved in healthcare great insight into the man charged with changing the U.S. healthcare system in the 21st century.
From a technology perspective, of course.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Chief Dr. Mostashari, really dives into the details pertaining to where healthcare has been and where it needs to be from a technology standpoint. Along with reading the entire article yourself, which I hope you do, here are two takeaways from this article that speaks to the essence behind Environmental Intelligence Physician Focused. Patient Driven. approach to EHR and Health IT:
Healthcare Needs to Enter the Information Age – Let’s face it, healthcare costs are continuing to rise in the U.S. while quality lags. Efficiency through leveraging information technology has been realized by practically every industry in the U.S. except for healthcare. Regardless of the reasons, the truth is healthcare cost will not go down and improvement in patient outcomes will not be realized until physicians and medical organizations move from paper and manila folders to adopting EHR systems that possess robust clinical analytics and health information exchange capabilities.
Since cost is always a top concern, realizing the ROI in any Health IT investment will not be occur by the procurement of hardware or software alone, but through a collaborative partnership between the medical organization and their Health IT Vendor. Assuming that the health IT vendor truly cares about more than just the sale and understands “How” to help their clients achieve optimum efficiency and ROI through the implementation of health technology.
Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Technology As “A Social Change Project” – I’m in 100% agreement with Dr. Mostashari that EHR adoption, along with health information exchange (HIE), will go well beyond improving patients care and outcomes. As the article specifically cites, “Rich stores of population data could be monitored to warn of disease outbreaks, find evidence for which procedures are most effective and help discover innovative approaches to care.” Bottom line, Information is Power and Health Information is VERY POWERFUL.
Environmental Intelligence understands this “social change project” and works with clients (public or private healthcare organizations) everyday to deliver unbiased health IT solutions that facilitate the transition to technology that benefits both our clients (the physicians and healthcare organizations) and their clients (the patients).