There is no doubt that our healthcare system needs improvement, some may even say it is broken.. CMS, in its efforts to reduce costs, improve quality, and reform pay-for-service to pay-for-performance, provides guidance that will educate and support efforts of the newly established CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation . States that are participating or have begun their efforts toward this goal are Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan and Minnesota.
In addition hundreds of federally funded health clinics, which provide primary care to millions of poor Americans on Medicaid will be guided by the center in their efforts to provide primary care to poor Americans on Medicaid. Next year, the center will support efforts to provide guidance to programs designed to improve quality for seniors.
The ability to improve care and reduce costs, is a significant move forward for patients and their families. It is well understood that actions to support these goals will benefit many citizens. At first glance, it makes me think of a proactive, preventative delivery model that is enabled with "communication/bridging" technology that captures, transforms, and securely transmits data from the home directly to the patient's electronic medical record.
Once in the medical record, physicians can set thresholds customizable by patient condition to monitor their health status. The ability to be notified of critical trends in patient data and the ability to intercept, educate, and produce new/revised patient orders is one way in which we can be proactive in our ability to improve the health of the population.