This ACO is the first in the region and one of four national pilot sites for the Brookings-Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project. ED clinicians, primary care doctors, specialists, nurses, patients or family members will have the ability to access, view and share health data at the right time for more more informed decisions and to improve care delivery and outcomes. Recently in the news with Amalga is the option for clinicians to have a single sign on and this is a huge convenience for those accessing the system and records without having to constantly sign on and maintain appropriate security through the the software with Sentillion.
Amalga will be used to create comprehensive views of patients managing chronic conditions by combining clinical data from inpatient and outpatient sites, payment data from Humana and patients will be able to contribute via HealthVault personal health records. When you read further down you will also see how the use of devices that report data will be used with the patient opting to include blood pressure readings,glucose, etc. Using connected devices with HealthVault makes it easy for the patient to enter data into their HealthVault PHR without manually having to sit down at a computer and type it all in, and we all like that for sure. What is also interesting here is the payment data from insurer Humana being added to the files as this is somewhat still an area where insurers are figuring out where their roles are specific with ACOs.
A while back I had the opportunity to chat with Steve Shihadeh from Microsoft about where Amalga and HealthVault were headed and the link below contains some additional information on how the platforms are being use at other locations and what some of the possibilities are. BD