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Health Information Technology and the Affordable Care Act

Advises IT provisions in ACA to improve efficiency, quality, and reporting accuracy in health care

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Health Information Technology and the Affordable Care Act: Paper

Healthcare reform has many labels, but rarely is it tagged as “data or technology driven.” Although opinions vary significantly on the costs and benefits of certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this law will drive a technological overhaul sorely needed to bring healthcare into the 21st century. The greater use of information technology (IT) in health care will create significant efficiencies, improve quality outcomes and increase accuracy in reporting. We urge policymakers to explore and implement these provisions.

The promise of the Affordable Care Act is that for the first time the law creates a forum for change through refocusing resources on the outcome, known as “value based” rather than “volume based” medical services. The newly launched Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will evaluate payment reforms and healthcare delivery solutions that will leverage health IT infrastructure to better coordinate care for our most vulnerable patients.

In addition, ACA sets up Independence at Home Demonstration Projects to bring a coordinated team into the home to make old fashioned house calls with a twist. The nurses, doctors and therapists are required to use health IT to ensure that patient data is available to all providers—whether treatment is provided in the hospital or at home. The goal is to decrease costs and increase the ability for patients to remain at home.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) were launched to coordinate care from hospital to clinic to doctor’s office to home—all connected by an IT structure that can reduce the scramble for information when a patient is moved from one setting to the next.

Read the full Health Information Technology and the Affordable Care Act Paper.