Personal data key to payment reform

June 9, 2014 in Medical Technology

As the U.S. shifts to new value-based reimbursement models, empowered patients — and the personal health information they generate — will be key to their success.

“Providers and patients must continue to partner together to improve the health status and overall population health in the U.S. Health Information technologies are a tool to make that partnership a reality, and an empowered patient,” said Mary Griskewicz senior director of healthcare information systems at HIMSS.

[See also: Personal health records: The new wave]

According to a HIMSS resource on personal health information, every patient is unique, from both a personal risk perspective – whether that is a preventable disease progression or a critical care event. In addition, patients come from different socioeconomic behavioral standpoints.

“Putting more of the ‘P’ (personal), into personal health IT will require incorporating individuals’ preferences and values into the applications, including personal observations of daily living,” according to the resource, edited by Sarasohn-Kahn, health economist and advisor for THINK-Health, and author of the blog Healthpopuli

“Adoption of digital technologies has gone mainstream in the U.S., and self-service behaviors are coming to healthcare,” Sarasohn-Kahn added. “The catalysts for change are activated, engaged consumers who are motivated to maintain a healthy state, manage chronic conditions or alter lifestyle choices upon a new diagnosis,” according to the paper. “Additional catalysts include patients’ increased financial burdens and demand for greater transparency on price and quality of health services.”

[See also: Power to the people! Engaging patients]

Patients’ and caregivers’ increased adoption of PHIT can help providers alleviate growing pressures on their practice economics and work-life balance, and PHIT can be a key linchpin for health providers migrating toward value-based care, the resource goes on to say.

At the upcoming HIMSS Government Health IT Conference to be held June17-18 in Washington, D.C., Griskewicz will join Sarasohn-Kahn in leading a session on how to connect providers and patients via personal health IT to transform healthcare.

According to Griskewicz, the session will explore the value of patient engagement and activation, help spotlight key drivers of patients and consumers’ demand for personal health IT and help attendees scope out opportunities for consumer-facing personal health IT in connecting care with physicians and providers.

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