What Do We Do with All the Patient Data We're Creating?

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We were able to provide incentives to healthcare organizations to be able to implement electronic medical records. So now we're at a certain level where all that information is starting to be collected. Before, we had a huge challenge because information was not collected. The first thing that we need to do is, now, how do we bring that data to a physician that is in mobile professional, that is not in one place anymore looking at a desktop.

Now they need to practice medicine throughout regions and manage populations. Now you need to start bringing mobile technology to start bringing the data to them rather than them going to one location. Once you do that, you need to start looking at technology that moves the data around, and following standards clinical nomenclature, healthcare information exchange standards.

And once you do that, the next step is analytics, is to be able to take on top of those data repositories tools that can help you to start getting proactive, rather than reactive on basically disease management and eventually on personal wellness, and it's not just physicians but it's the care coordination team.

We place a lot of emphasis on these physicians that right now unfortunately we have a shortage and we need to support them more and more not just with technology. We need to start figuring out as we move into a patient centric model, and now we are going to follow patients to their homes.

We need a layer of individuals that we didn't have in the past at the level that it's needed and those are the case managers, the nurse practitioners, the physician's assistants, the pharmacists, e.t.c. All those care coordination team members need to have their right level of automation and the right analytics tools so they know when to escalate to the next person in the team so we can quickly intervene in front of any adverse event.

So, the analytics tools really have to apply, and the rules, they have to apply for each member of the care coordination team.