I just discovered there is a new report by the Joint Commission, a link to which may be found in the Healthcare & Technology blog post entitled The Hospital of the Future, which is also the name of the JC report. Thanks to Deborah Leyva for pointing this out on the LinkedIn AMIA Group. Here's a bit of the blogger's commentary on the report:
It is no surprise that Patient-Centered care is at the core as "a partnership" between a patient and his/her providers. The Joint Commission suggests that technology adoption can play a major role in improving patient care, safety and quality. The transformation from paper to electronic records, according to the report, will involve:
- Making the business case (ROI) and acquiring funding
- Redesign of Business processes concurrent with technology implementation (a blast from my past)
- Extending the digital footprint beyond the hospital to the "Medical Home"
- Engage technology leaders for guidance (Maybe even those from other industries? Perhaps learning from the mistakes of others? Yes!)
- Improve workflow and minimize labor intensive activities (Double Yes!)
I haven't read the report yet myself, but it's a high-priority item on my to-do list. Meanwhile, though, there's a few other intriguing posts on the Healthcare & Technology blog I'm going to be reading first.