The healthcare delivery system is undergoing tremendous change because of pressures to increase access, reduce costs and improve outcomes. New and innovative approaches to how care is being delivered are emerging and the shift to population health, along with an emphasis in engaging patients in self-management activities, are all contributing to the transformation of healthcare in the United States.
Today’s healthcare leaders are faced with challenges in managing the financial health of their organizations; especially in response to the expansion of quality reporting, meaningful use and other penalties. They are looking for ways to improve the health of their patients, and condition-specific populations, at a reasonable cost. Increasingly they hear about the importance of patient-centeredness and the most effective of these leaders are recognizing the connection to digital health tools.
Consumers are buying health insurance in new ways these days, while still turning to in-person help for making a choice — even in the age of the online economy.
The end of January brought the end of open enrollment for the third year of the exchanges, a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s been a rocky trip for all involved, especially consumers, many of whom were digital-savvy purchasers of all kinds of goods and services before the ACA.
Kent Lawson is the Health Care Practice Lead at IA Collaborative, a preferred partner company.
Together with IA Collaborative we offer our clients in the digital health space a full service solution development process, from research, design and deployment of applications to consultancy and domain specific problem solving.
Throughout the year we will invite our trusted partners to guest blog to introduce new perspectives and angles on digital health.
The key to innovation—any innovation—is seizing latent opportunities and solving real problems for real users. At IA Collaborative, we call it user driven design.
User driven design includes three course of action and reaction, all focused on taking insight to action:
Design Research- Researching real users and key stakeholders, in-context.
The Journey- Understanding the current journey of any user or any product, the gaps that exist today, and most importantly the potential to fill or capitalize on those gaps.
Design & Develop- Designing and developing the ideal future state, collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, including all key stakeholders.
As of March 2015, 779 health IT vendors supplied certified EHR products to 490,575 health care professionals participating in the CMS EHR Incentive Programs and/or ONC REC Program. 30 of them are big players, primary, and 749 supply secondary EHRs to participating health care professionals. Surprisingly, market share hasn’t changed much in 10 years - so what does that mean to the EHR systems? Are we at the tipping point of disruption?