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HCS executive vice president of clinical informatics, Carrie O'Connell, RN, was recently featured on McKnight's Marketplace, as she provides insight on why interoperability is more important than ever in the industry today.Interoperability, HCS

Post-acute care consolidation has become the new normal, with more and more health systems acquiring or establishing partnerships with SNFs and LTACHs. This growing trend is due to many converging factors, especially value-based care's new and emerging payment models and hospitals looking to create new revenue streams while providing patients with greater continuity of care across the post-acute care spectrum.

As with any type of change, there are upsides and downsides to consider:

In addition, health systems don't have expertise in post-acute care operations, and applying acute care principles to this environment could have dire consequences. Take, for example, IT system capabilities.

HIS are not built for the post-acute care space

When health system administrators that are integrating post-acute care services and facilities begin looking at technology solutions, the idea of adopting the hospital information system for both acute and post-acute care may seem at first glance like a tempting approach. However, enterprise HIS lack essential functionality needed for post-acute care and therefore cannot meet the unique needs of SNFs and LTACHs.

More specifically:

The solution lies with working towards interoperability between acute and post-acute IT systems, instead of the blanket adoption of a HIS designed specifically for the hospital setting. Achieving true interoperability will require cooperation and collaboration across all spectrums of care—for the good of the patient/resident.

If your SNF or LTACH is currently undergoing a consolidation (or may be in the future), it's important to make the case for the specific tools and technology you need to meet the needs of your residents and clinical staff. Consider it a step towards achieving value in today's emerging value-based care environment.

Read the full blog post via McKnight's here

For more information:

(800) 524-1038

www.hcsinteractant.com/solutions/hcs-interactant/

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