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Care transitions are team effort for providers, vendors

March 18, 2015
by Richard R. Rogoski
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The impacts of care transtions and care coordination are key in today's changing long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) landscape, including a more patient-centric approach in the delivery of healthcare to a growing older population. The recent congressional focus on interoperability and the new pushes from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for better data exchange among provider parties have brought providers and vendors into conversations on how to achieve the goals of a more efficient healthcare system for seniors.

"The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing," said Mainstreet founder and CEO Zeke Turner, during this week's NextGen Health Care Symposium in Indianapolis. "Between the desires of aging Americans and today’s heavy focus on efficiency, lower costs and better outcomes for consumers, transitional care is emerging as a very real need."

Building the IT system sophistication needed to accomplish care transition goals will take quality data and a deep understanding of the LTPAC and acute care workflows. "Looking forward, we believe that technology will seamlessly connect patient information and allow providers to manage patient care across multiple, complex settings," said Pam Pure, CEO of HealthMEDX. "Quality metrics consistently improve when physicians have full access and immediate review of patient records--including relevant acute care, physician office and LTPAC provider data."

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