Technology that can engage patients so they can contribute to their own care will be crucial to the success of new payment models such as accountable care organizations, representatives from several healthcare organizations said during a panel discussion at the fourth annual Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
In particular, panelists focused on how technology must be able to leverage data to prompt more preventive behavior and to spur discussions between providers and patients.
"We need to get out of this notion of not telling people about the mistakes that they've made, and instead tell them how they can avoid those mistakes in the future," Ron Ozminkowski, senior vice president and chief scientific officer at OptumHealth Care Solutions, said. "The notion of savings and incentives for doing things the right way will blunt fee-for-service. If we can do this in a way that [uses data] to focus on better care [and] better costs, we'll get better results."