by December 17th, 2015on
TREND #8: INCREASE LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROL OVER ACO DATA AND ANALYTICS
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) spend a good amount of time discussing which technology systems to use, but very little time on determining who owns the data. ACOs have multiple stakeholders including partners in the ACO, patients, and insurers. Each of these stakeholders have a vested interest in the vast amounts of data within the ACO, but many times the question of who owns the data goes unanswered.
According to Definitive Healthcare, there are more than 800 ACOs representing more than 200 health plans, 3,900 providers, and 300,000 physicians. And these ACOs use more than 125 different technology vendors, making it a very complex environment.
There are many different opinions on the topic of data ownership. Some will say patients own their own data; others believe providers own the data on their systems, and insurance companies own the data on their systems. Each of these scenarios provides challenges for ACOs, making it critical for them to have a strategy in place to tackle the issues of data ownership.
In today’s healthcare landscape, all stakeholders need to be true stewards of patient data, and they should act in the best interest of the patient. If patients are expected to be more accountable for their care then they need access to their own health information. If an ACO, health plan or healthcare provider is going to be more accountable for patient outcomes, then they need to have access to the data. Read the rest of this post »