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Innovation Driving Value in U.S. Healthcare: Paper

The Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open industry coalition of over 230 healthcare, technology and medical device companies who have joined together in collaboration to improve the quality of health through the use of telehealth, personal connected health, and independent living technologies. Continua is dedicated to establishing interoperable personal health solutions with the knowledge that extending those solutions for “electronic care” into the home fosters independence, empowers individuals, and provides the opportunity for personalized health and wellness. Continua believe that eCare products and services are critical elements that improve the delivery of healthcare and quality of care.

Healthcare reform has many labels, but rarely is it tagged as “data or technology driven.”. 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 can 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.

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