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2011 Blogs in Review – The Role that IT Plays

Posted by Rand Johnson on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 03:42 PM

Over the last several months, this blog has covered topics focusing on various aspects of IT and its impact on long term care. In our Thanksgiving Day blog, we observed how important IT has become to all of us – in how we work, how we communicate, how we entertain, how we educate, how we conduct business; IT is everywhere. Although slow in adopting technology, LTC providers have made significant progress in understanding, valuing, and embracing IT as a powerful tool to meet ever-changing challenges. For example, twice we demonstrated this fact as we momentarily digressed from IT-specific topics to alert readers about changes to billing therapy services to Medicare and avoiding workforce-related lawsuits.

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Tags: IT, business intelligence, dashboard, ACOs, disaster recovery, IT asset management, ITAM, Part A Therapy Services

What ACOs mean to IT – interoperability and infrastructure

Posted by Rand Johnson on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 @ 04:44 PM

I argue that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) do not represent a health care delivery revolution, but an evolution. Based on my experience in LTC and what I’ve been reading on the Internet, ACOs appear to be an evolutionary variant of the species known as HMOs. Regardless, ACOs represent a significant change to health care delivery. The ACO model will have a sweeping impact on how health care is planned for, delivered, documented, reported, and paid for. It follows that for an ACO to work, information technology serves as the glue that holds it together; those providers who have successfully worked with HMOs can attest to the critical role IT plays. Participation as ACO members will require providers to carefully evaluate what such participation will have on their respective IT systems.

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Tags: ACOs, Accountable Care Organizations, cloud computing, interoperability, IT infrastructure

With Cloud Computing Technologies, the Sky’s the Limit

Posted by Rand Johnson on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 09:34 AM

How the Cloud can help you meet today’s opportunities more rapidly

OK. So what is “the cloud?” In general, cloud computing refers to anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. Because the cloud symbol has been used for a long time in flowcharts and diagrams to represent the Internet, the use of the term, “cloud computing,” is logical. So what’s the recent buzz about cloud computing - especially for health care providers?

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Tags: ACOs, Accountable Care Organizations, virtualization, cloud computing technologies, distributed computing

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