Healthcare CIOs have faced a year of debate about the future of healthcare: a Supreme Court review of the current law's constitutionality and a presidential election that will determine its direction. Despite this turmoil, CIOs have had to embrace and support major changes to their organizations’ business models whether they are provider, payer or both. As a result, a new generation of IT leadership is emerging equipped with the business and technology skills to support new healthcare business models, the growth of electronic medical records and the emergence of accountable care organizations, to mention a few. In addition to supporting those initiatives, healthcare CIOs are continuing their focus on increasing operational efficiencies that produce better clinical outcomes and leverage technologies—cloud, mobility and security—aimed at improving staff and patient engagements. Healthcare CIOs have grown comfortable with change because they understand it is the one constant in their business.
Health Policy in a Polarized Political Time: The Future of the Affordable Care Act and Other Challenges in 2013 and Beyond
Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute will address the aftermath of the elections, what is likely to happen in a lame duck session with the fiscal cliff approaching, the challenge to states in a time of deep fiscal austerity, and how the two parties will deal with Medicare, Medicaid and higher health costs overall.
Technology Strategies for an Uncertain Future
Scott Lundstrom, Group Vice President, IDC Health Insights
This is an exciting time to be involved in Healthcare IT! Reform, technology advances, cost pressures, an aging population and new patient care challenges are forcing us to rethink how we deliver care to patients. Foundational elements like quality, value, and access to information are driving an IT lead transformation of Healthcare. New responsibilities, opportunities and business models are forcing us to reexamine the role of data and information technology in supporting care. The widespread deployment of electronic medical records is just the beginning of the reinvention of healthcare. Like other industries, health will experience significant changes as the broad market begins to collect and use digital patient information in thousands of new ways.
Accountable Care Evolution and Technology Market Readiness
Cynthia Burghard, Research Director, Accountable Care Organizations, IDC Health Insights
Healthcare organizations that are involved in accountable care initiatives are moving past the pilot and demonstration phases and are now actively looking at applications to meet their requirements. At the same time the supplier market is evolving solutions. Additionally, the scope of accountable care initiatives varies widely from single group practices adopting new models of patient care, taking on risk based on outcomes, providing wellness outreach to large multi-hospital integrated delivery systems with hundreds of owned physician groups, long term care facilities and hospice care. The challenge for organizations engaging in accountable care initiatives is to have a clear picture of their strategy and buy the "right size" technology all within nascent applications markets. During this presentation attendees will:
• Understand the application requirements for accountable care
• Review quantitative data on market readiness and investment plans for accountable care
• Receive a market update of supplier readiness and approaches to application procurement
• Learn from actual case study examples of efforts currently in the market
Innovative Care Models
Linda Dunbar, Vice President of Care Management, Johns Hopkins
Top 10 Healthcare Payer Technology Strategies for 2013
Janice Young, Program Director, Payer IT Strategies, IDC Health Insights
By the end of this decade, many US health plans are projecting that at least 50% of their revenue will come from new and non-traditional business models. These new models include accountable care initiatives, health and care management services, technology investment and acquisition, health services investment and acquisition and new market entry. ICD-10 implementation will also stress business, financial and technology resources. This presentation will:
• Discuss key trends and next generation healthcare payer business models.
• Discuss key healthcare technology trends, next generation technology models and key vendor landscapes
• Present the top 10 technology strategies for 2013 that will support the health plan evolutionary roadmap and new business strategies.
Smarter Healthcare Is Connected Healthcare
Lynne Dunbrack, Director, Connected Health, IDC Health Insights
New care delivery and reimbursement models are evolving to meet the demands of health reform and will provide new opportunities for improving financial and clinical performance. The perfect alignment of drivers — health reform, cost, access, increased focus on managing chronic conditions, and an aging population — will help healthcare organizations justify investment in connected health IT strategies over the next five years to provide smarter healthcare. Connected health IT strategies include consumer-facing mobile health applications, clinical mobility, remote patient monitoring, sensors, and video conferencing. This presentation will discuss the key trends driving connected health and the impact of legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and health reform, on the outlook for connected health. It will present an overview of the smarter, connected health market, examine the role of mobility for improving clinical performance and patient engagement, and explore how proliferating self-service technology will create Big Data. Examples of notable connected health projects will be provided.
Provider Predictions for 2013 and Beyond
Judy Hanover, Research Director, Provider IT Strategies, IDC Health Insights
2013 will clearly be a pivotal one for providers, and IT decisions made in the coming year will have long-ranging implications for the organization's sustainability and competitive advantage. In 2013, providers will see ongoing meaningful use implementations intersect with preparations for operating under healthcare reform and implementing ICD-10 coding. These initiatives will combine with the need to overhaul infrastructure to reduce costs, making provider IT decisions complicated. Provider IT leaders need to focus on the long term strategy of the organization, while making good tactical decisions in 2013 that will provide the foundation in years to come. Health Industry Insights' top 10 healthcare provider predictions identify major trends that will impact the U.S. provider IT landscape in 2013. Most include technology that will be transformational for stakeholders, but others simply characterize the evolution of technology currently being implemented and used by healthcare providers.
Embracing Innovation in Healthcare IT
Cynthia Porter, President and Allison Norfleet, VP Business Development, Porter Research
Innovation may be one of healthcare’s biggest buzzwords, and with good reason. The fundamental concepts behind some of today’s most game-changing concepts – Mobile Health, Accountable Care, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Health Information Exchange, Business Intelligence – began as bleeding-edge ideas that were given a chance, despite uncertainty in the market. And it’s not just healthcare vendors getting in on the game – providers have realized that in-house innovation is key to keeping their facilities at the forefront of clinical care and fiscal success – implementing processes, technologies and services to support these strategic initiatives.
This presentation and panel discussion will dive into providers’ perceptions of innovation in healthcare today, including:
- the strategy behind taking innovation in-house
- identifying innovative technologies and trends via vendor relationships
- supporting and maintaining innovation throughout a health system
- driving patient engagement with innovative technologies and concepts
- sustaining innovative practices in an age of healthcare reform
An IDC Health Insights Research report, valued at $4,500 will be provided free to IT Executive attendees.