Two additional issues round out my forecast of the top five health IT and healthcare communication issues for 2015:
4. Medical Home Models. Patient management software that enables patients with chronic conditions to live and function successfully at home is an extension of the LTPAC growth that serves not only seniors but younger patients as well. Two-way physician communication and other mobile technologies for health are innovations that we believe will gain more acceptance as their implementation becomes more commonplace in 2015. At Diagnotes, we’re already working with innovative programs such as the Eskenazi Health Center Aging Brain Center and Aging Brain Care Home to ensure quality of life and patient experience in the patient’s home.
5. ICD-10 Compliance. The date for ICD-10 compliance is looming. Covered entities must continue using ICD-9CM through September 30, 2015, and be prepared to switch to ICD-10 at 12:01 a.m. October 2, 2015. There’s still significant angst about the transition in medical coding and billing offices, but we’re doing everything we can at Diagnotes to help ease the pain. As you work your way through the database, keep in mind that greater coverage and reimbursement are at the end of the rainbow. New medical technologies and procedures will be identified individually, rather than lumped together under a single, vague procedure code. And better and higher quality information will translate into better measurement of healthcare quality, safety, and security, which can improve efficiencies and lower costs.
That completes my expectation of the five most important health IT issues facing us in 2015. I’d like to hear your thoughts, too.