Going beyond healthcare IT inter-operability in chronic disease management

Nelson King, Raja Jayaraman

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    Abstract

    Chronic care consumes the majority of a nation's healthcare costs as it involves more specialists providing care over multiple visits for an extended duration of time. The role of healthcare information technology (HIT) in managing chronic care presents a significant opportunity for improvement. Interoperability has been seen as the stumbling block to HIT for achieving efficiencies in paperless patient care. Yet from a systems perspective, the integration challenge to effective delivery of healthcare appears to go beyond inter-operable HIT, especially in chronic disease management. A great deal of interaction takes place beyond the limited scope of information passed between disparate HIT systems. For example, the chronic patient plays a greater role through self-monitoring which means applications of HIT must extend beyond the premises of the various providers. This paper presents a systems approach to identify the key technologies and people involved in chronic care and more importantly, the likely interactions between them. An understanding of these system elements then become the basis for prioritizing future research and clinical interventions including the necessary scope and scale of inter-operability.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publication10th Annual International Systems Conference, SysCon 2016 - Proceedings
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Electronic)9781467395182
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 13 Jun 2016
    Event10th Annual International Systems Conference, SysCon 2016 - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 18 Apr 201621 Apr 2016

    Publication series

    Name10th Annual International Systems Conference, SysCon 2016 - Proceedings

    Conference

    Conference10th Annual International Systems Conference, SysCon 2016
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityOrlando
    Period18/04/1621/04/16

    Keywords

    • Chronic care management
    • healthcare informatics
    • Inter-operability
    • systems approach
    • technology interaction

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