Hospitals and other healthcare organizations are turning to high-tech tools to help them adapt to the shift to so-called value-based care, where providers are paid based on patient outcomes, rather than the quantity of patient visits and services delivered.
Those tools include population health management software, a sector seeing increased competition as demand from healthcare providers grows, as Xconomy explored in a story earlier this week. The software allows users to pool data from various sources on patients with similar conditions, in order to spot trends and make more informed decisions about their care. Some of those sources are electronic health records (EHR) systems used at hospitals and clinics, results from clinical lab tests, and claims sent to insurers. Read the full story here.