Advancing an Information Foundation for Delivery System and Payment Reforms Through Health IT
Over the last two years, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Innovation Initiative has released several findings and recommendations related to the information and health IT capabilities needed to support higher quality, lower cost, patient-centered care, as well as new delivery system and payment reforms designed to achieve these outcomes. The goal of this work is to inform both public policy and private sector investments regarding the most effective allocation of health IT resources.
To date, the Health Innovation Initiative has tackled these issues in four different ways:
1. Exploring the Health IT Capabilities Needed for High Performance and New Models of Care
BPC’s foundational work in this area—captured in the report, Transforming Health Care: The Role of Health IT—identifies the common attributes of high-performance and new models of care, assesses the health IT capabilities needed to achieve those attributes, and makes recommendations for the actions needed to achieve such capabilities on a wide scale.
Grounded in a review of the literature and interviews with 40 high-performing organizations, this report was developed under the guidance of BPC’s Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT, which was led by former Senate Majority Leaders and BPC Health Project Co-Chairs Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist (R-TN) and included several nationally respected experts and leaders from many sectors of health care.
2. Exploring the Electronic Information Needs of Clinicians for Transitions of Care
In October 2012, BPC, in collaboration with Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care, released the results of a survey of clinicians on the electronic information sharing needs of clinicians associated with transitions of care through the report, Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care.
The survey was conducted by Doctors Helping Doctors in collaboration with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), and American EHR Partners.
The report summarizes the needs and preferences of clinicians regarding the types of patient information needed for various care transitions, how they would like to receive such information, and how quickly. The report also summarizes clinician views on both the benefits of electronic health information sharing and the barriers to its achievement.
3. Interactive Policy Forum Explores Promise, Challenges, and Policies Associated with the Use of Big Data in Health Care
The use of “big data” has the potential to improve both the delivery of care and the health and wellness of individuals. On June 25, 2013, BPC hosted an interactive policy forum exploring the promise, challenges, and policies associated with improving health and health care through the use of big data.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) kicked off the highly interactive event featuring remarks from and a lively, interactive dialogue among several nationally recognized public and private sector leaders across health care, including Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow and General Manager of the Intel Health and Life Sciences Group.
Three primary topics were explored during the meeting: (1) realizing the “promise” of big data; (2) operationalizing the use of big data in health care; and (3) addressing privacy and security concerns.
This policy forum is part of a broader 2013 “Innovation Economy” series of roundtable and public forums convened in parallel by the Aspen Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center, in collaboration with Intel. Through these forums, we are exploring the far-reaching implications of the “information revolution” (i.e. growing utility of big data), centering on the potential of this growing trend to empower individuals and transform industries.
4. Launch of Big Data Challenge: Care Transformation Prize Series
In April 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center, together with the Heritage Provider Network and the Advisory Board, launched the Care Transformation Prize Series—which will examine the most difficult questions facing health care organizations as they implement new delivery system and payment reforms, and engage the nation’s best and brightest data scientists to help answer those questions.
Three prizes of $100,000 will be provided to the teams that develop the best solutions to the most difficult challenges submitted by health care organizations. Winning algorithms will be made available to health care organizations and the public.
The Care Transformation Prize Series is the latest competition sponsored by Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network.