Comprehensive care coordination solutions are rapidly becoming an important way for disparate clinicians across primary and secondary care providers to collaborate on shared patients and build meaningful care plans
What can a general-purpose care coordination solution for providers look like? The broad outlines of such a solution are emerging from many HIE or population health vendors. In fact, it seems like the HIE as a “product category” has always awaited a comprehensive care coordination solution to truly unlock the value of data exchange.
Care Planning Applications
Care planning by providers is in its infancy and population health management (PHM) vendors are contributing in a variety of ways. The key requirement for a care planning application is that it support multi-entity access.
Patient Portals are New Again
Care plans require the active participation of patients. One consequence of the focus on care coordination is fresh attention to the problem of engaging patients in the care planning process. Today, all PHM vendors are putting renewed focus on their patient engagement solution(s), which are, by and large, merely patient portals.
Population Health vendors are chasing the care coordination opportunity in earnest. It is important to plan for the long term with a focus on general-purpose care coordination based on the requirement of your total provider community. Solutions need to support an organic, constantly changing care plan at the individual level as well as the ability to monitor progress of care activities at the panel level.
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