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Report: HIE Will Drive New Healthcare Payment Models

July 22, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
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Health information exchange (HIE) will be a driver of new healthcare payment models, according to a new research report from Frost & Sullivan.

The report, Technologies Enabling Home Medical Devices and Integrated Care Systems, highlights the importance of integrated healthcare systems that support new heatlthcare models such as patient-centred medical homes and care-at-a-distance solutions. In particular, authors note the importance that HIE will play in driving continuity of care, data legacy, and data-drive health analytics within new healthcare models. They predict that adoption of HIE will happen on a global level thanks to ongoing and imminent changes to regulatory and legislative policies pertaining to healthcare delivery.

"These changes are likely to have far-reaching consequences for healthcare delivery, particularly in predictive diagnosis and population health management," technical insights research analyst Bhargav Rajan said in a statement. "Instead of functioning merely as workflow aids, information systems are likely to transform the very nature of healthcare planning and delivery, ushering in predictive analytics and coordinated care management."

The authors do acknowledge that the fragmentation of the healthcare market in several countries is causing interoperability issues. They add that providers are also unwilling to make the high initial investment required for these systems. A solution, proposed by the authors, are systems-agnostic software platforms that can be used across technology platforms in order to allay client concerns about interoperability and compatibility.

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