Jacob Reider, Cheif Medical Office at US Department of HHS, leads a panel discussion on the challenges and the future of EMR design featuring major players Cerner, athenahealth, Practice Fusion, and Allscripts.
Following the passing of the stimulus and the debate over meaningful use, there’s been lots of tension between the “cats” (the major IT vendors) & “dogs” (the web-based “clinical groupware” vendors). The real question is how the new wave of EMRs is going to integrate with the consumer facing and population management tools. Can there be unity around the common themes of better health outcomes through physician and patient use of technology? Or will the worlds of Health 2.0 and the EMR move down separate paths? We have three very outspoken leaders to debate the question.
We talked with Ed Park, Executive VP and COO at Athena Health, about the biggest challenges, trends and developments in health care technology at the Health 2.0 San Francisco 2011 Fall Conference.
AthenaHealth’s goal is to provide users with efficiency. Here Thomas Kim introduces AthenaNet, an online community that employes the philosophy of shared knowledge to its users, but allowing doctors to update medical news immediately. Last year they processed over 9 million documents, keeping everyone up to date on every stage of a patient’s passage through their healthcare process.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Cook Children’s combines a nationally recognized medical center, with more than 35 pediatric physicians offices, hundreds of employed providers, plus home health and more. When Ryan wanted to improve children’s health in Texas—quickly and at a relatively low cost compared to many EMR solutions—he turned to athenahealth and Microsoft Healthvault. In this case study Ryan, with Ed Park, athenahealth’s tech guru (and yes, Todd’s brother), will tell us how moving to a SaaS-based platform has changed the way physicians practice at Cook, and how next they’re going to be making care more accessible to kids everywhere.
Health 2.0 is not just about technology. In this panel we will be showing the latest advances in Health 2.0 tools for clinicians–and how they’re working together–and we’ll also be looking at examples of programs that have incorporated Health 2.0 technology into clinical and business operations. What results have they shown and how have those partnerships begun to reform care delivery?