Transformational Care: What Does It Take?

Transformational care… everyone wants to make it happen. So where do we start? What does it actually mean to provide and enable transformational care?

From a global standpoint, aging populations are keeping us busy as they create immense challenges for healthcare systems. “This transformation is taking place globally, with different countries moving at different speeds to deliver more personalized population health solutions aimed at managing the increasing costs of healthcare,” explained Charles Alessi, MD, LRCP, MRCS, chief clinical officer, HIMSS International.

Alessi speaks with HIMSSTV about how HIMSS is connecting global healthcare systems through education, partnerships and adoption models to advance care globally.

Automation is certainly keeping us afloat as we look to operationalize, optimize and standardize systems. But there’s still more to it, according to Don Rucker, national coordinator for health information technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “Automation is hard, because it tends to require interfaces of various types – both to other machines (internet of things) and to humans,” Rucker explained in a recent HIMSS guest blog post.

Automation comes from the technology side – but what’s just as important, if not more important, is the data that lives within those automated systems.

Data as a Lever to Transformation

A good starting point on your journey to transformational care is to look closely at your organization’s data analytics strategy – and if you don’t have one yet, now would be the time to get one in place. This will help you decide which solutions will work best for the health of the various populations you serve.

“Organizations need to determine what they need to do to address their population needs under the various payment programs, such as bundled payments, patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations and numerous advanced payment programs. All those payment programs have very specific requirements,” Shelley Price, director, payer and life sciences at HIMSS explained in a recent blog post. “Organizations often have limited resources – including skilled personnel – so they have to make very deliberate choices around how they build their population health management programs to meet the health needs of their patients and align with their organizational strategies.”

As the U.S. healthcare system experiences transformation amidst the shift to value-based care, it’s imperative for industry stakeholders to get well acquainted with their data so they can identify a team equipped to analyze, optimize and apply a data analytics strategy that achieves its maximum value and potential.

Explore the HIMSS Steps to Value podcast below to discover how leading healthcare organizations use data as levers of transformation with Tom Burton, co-founder and president of professional services at Health Catalyst, and Jon Russell, senior vice president and chief information officer of IT and analytics at John Muir Health.