LTPAC continued to be a focus at HIMSS19

As the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Forum entered its fourth year at HIMSS19, it remains clear that this critical part of the care continuum is still years behind hospitals in terms of technology adoption. IT implementations were slow by most LTPAC providers largely because these entities weren’t included as part of Meaningful Use or other Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs.

Therefore, these providers are now playing catch-up in this new age of interoperability standards and the movement toward small, preferred provider networks.

This year’s LTPAC Forum did a nice job showcasing how the long-term and post-acute care settings are progressing in their digital healthcare efforts. The forum included a session to discuss the federal government’s initiative to facilitate interoperability across the continuum of care through the development of a Data Element Library.

Another session showcased the advancement of a digital culture within an LTPAC organization, while the final presentation highlighted one accountable care organization’s efforts to set the digital expectations for the LTPAC participants within their preferred provider networks.

Crawl before you walk

If you’re an LTPAC provider, deciding where to begin your digital transformation journey depends on the answers to a few key questions:

  • Where is your organization today in reference to technology and digital health efforts?
  • Are you a participant in a preferred provider network?
  • Are your systems in place to be an active participant in a preferred provider network?

Your answers to these questions can help you identify a starting point that aligns best with your specific characteristics and objectives.

Healthcare is changing quickly, with more care being delivered outside the four walls of the hospital. Patient-focused care that achieves desired clinical and functional outcomes should always be a top priority in any technology decision, regardless of the clinical setting.

That’s why you need to identify technologies that will be a catalyst to improving your delivery of care. Perhaps the implementation of a new EMR is the best approach for your facility. Perhaps a technology solution that improves business process automation and allows the right information to flow to the correct person at the correct time will have the biggest impact on care quality.

Or, it may be a simple upgrade to your existing technology infrastructure that provides you with optimal clinical and process improvements.

Start with a strong, digital foundation

The exposition floor at HIMSS19 was daunting. But the information overload should not change the fact that when you build any new technology or solution, you must be build it to stand the test of time.

If you didn’t find what you were looking for at HIMSS19, I invite you to take a look at our LTPAC solutions to see if they can help you take your digital transformation efforts to the next level.

Scott Magers

Scott Magers

As the Account Manager of Post-Acute Care for Hyland, Scott Magers PT, MBA brings more than 20 years of experience in outpatient physical therapy, home health care and most recently in skilled nursing facilities. He has served on many collaborative committees between hospitals and post-acute care (PAC) organizations seeking best practice for transfer of care, care coordination and collaboration. His goal is to share these experiences and build on the OnBase platform to showcase the power of enterprise content management (ECM), business process management (BPM) and records management to help PAC providers automate paper-based processes to improve efficiencies, quality of care, and patient outcomes.

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