Guest Column | December 10, 2013

The Value Of Integrating EMR And Claims/Cost Data In The Transition To Population Health Management

Jim Hansen, Vice President of Health Policy, Lumeris

By Jim Hansen, Vice President of Health Policy, Lumeris

In the transition to accountable care, health care systems and provider groups have scaled new heights rapidly through integrating data. Adding claims/cost to EMR data enables informed value-based decisions by offering a complete view of a patient’s health care history. With this view, providers become true population health managers with the power to achieve better health outcomes, lower costs and improved patient plus physician satisfaction.

The Astonishing Speed Of Digitization

As recently as four years ago, paper was used for 80 percent of physicians’ patient records and 90 percent of hospital patient records. Today, meaningful use preparations are underway for the majority of health systems and providers in order to improve patient care.

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