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Innovative health care takes more than just IT automation

After a brief reprieve during the 1990s, healthcare again faces the vexing problem of rising healthcare costs with accompanying increases in premiums and out-of-pocket costs for consumers who are expecting better outcomes.

For some time now clinical information technology has been seen as the solution. Increasing numbers of organizations invest millions of ......

Full article >>> es more effectively to the physician, thereby reducing unnecessary variation in care, accelerating the adoption of new, proven diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, and decreasing costs associated with ineffectual or inappropriate care. What we are finding is that the results delivered by this new technology are falling far short of their promise.

The failure of these clinical IT tools ......

Full article >>> within the environment as presented to them, they try to change existing processes without the advantage of being able to change the inputs (e.g., clinical path) or tools (e.g., clinical IT system and its functionality) of the processes.

Experts in clinical content understand what various clinical paths deliver as outcomes. They are able to link various interventions with probabilistic ......

Full article >>> ed utilizing functionality made available by the new clinical IT system. In addition, the clinical content expert can use this functionality to conceive of clinical paths impossible without this digital healthcare capability.

Although path innovation builds upon existing approaches, it reflects a new way of thinking and approaching problems. Instead of looking at how an existing process c......

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