Toward a better understanding of US care models

HIMSS’ publishing arm, which has grown to several publications including ones we cite frequently, such as HealthcareITNews and GovernmentITNews, is launching an online site, Future Care, that will focus solely on “new and innovative models of care that improve individual and community well-being, while also reducing healthcare costs.” It has original material plus pickups from HIMSS Media’s other publications, and is supported by IBM’s Smarter Care initiative. (Related to its Smarter Cities initiative and telecare in Bolzano?) The current selection focuses on whether  ACOs are set up to fail (Center for Connected Health’s Dr. Joseph Kvedar rebuts Clayton Christensen and colleagues in the WSJ), outpatient care, readmissions and the utilization of big data. Of note is Merck Vree Health’s mHealth post-discharge care management program, TransitionAdvantage, which represents a change from its initial focus on diabetes management. There’s also the expected helping of IBM-related content including Watson and some IBM white papers. For designers and implementers seeking a better understanding of care and payer models for health tech workflow, this site pulls together a wide scope of information.

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