The harsh truth is that telemedicine has fallen far short of expectations, says David Bensema. But if it’s marketed more effectively and key changes are implemented, it can still serve a key purpose.
If implemented properly, care management programs can help improve quality and reduce costs. But if they’re forced on providers too quickly, they can have quite the opposite effect, says Dr. John Halamka.
Healthcare doesn’t need more big data, or a data warehouse. It needs a way to capture external data and marry it to internal data to shape and modify patient and consumer behavior, says Paul Roemer.
Sometimes innovation doesn’t have to involve machine learning, Hadoop, or any other buzzwords, says CIO Jake Dorst, who believes the focus should be on solving problems in a practical way.
Until healthcare develops a tool that can aggregate, monitor, and assess patients’ data on a regular basis, population health and accountable care will remain pipe dreams, says Paul Roemer.