The start of the year at Vim has been filled with excitement as we empower more customers and develop more solutions for value-based care (VBC). Recently, there have been many predictions about what will happen in the healthcare system over the next 11+ months. As a middleware platform for healthcare, we help our customers integrate into clinical workflows, which means we’re well-positioned to see the benefits of ongoing innovation. Benefits like improving clinic and patient experiences, enhancing the quality of care, and reducing the total cost of care. This post will explore the trends we’re seeing within our company and among the developers on our platform. Here are a few trends I’ve noticed lately:
Trend 1: Artificial Intelligence Solutions Are Changing Healthcare and Are Changing Because of Healthcare
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning represent significant opportunities in our field. Healthcare, with its numerous flawed and broken processes, presents the ideal environment to test their efficacy. The payers, MSOs, and developers we work with have rich insights, data, and robust applications powered by AI, and they are poised to make a lasting impact in healthcare. A common theme we’ve observed, and why they come to a middleware platform like Vim, is that they need that last-mile connectivity that integrates their AI-powered data and applications directly into clinical workflow. It is here – where the provider is doing their work at the point of patient care – that AI-powered solutions will drive positive results and can gain valuable insights, contributing to the intelligence loop.
Think about an AI-powered solution that helps a clinician decide on a patient’s care based on longitudinal clinical data or data from other sources like claims-based data or wearables. Every decision the clinician makes and records in the Electronic Health Record (EHR), and every application they interact with in the context of the patient visit, for example, feeds the AI solution more intelligence and informs the next interaction and the next. If this insight and action occur within a closed system and outside the clinical workflow, the speed and scale at which all parties learn, change, and benefit is compromised.
Using Vim’s middleware solution as a real-world example, AI will help advance the way we integrate into EHRs, help us rapidly expand our EHR integration roadmap, and better enable developers on our platform to deploy solutions that improve care, empower decision-making, and more. By exposing AI to contextual clinical workflows and multiple data points, we can teach it new things and help transform healthcare from within.
Trend 2: Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Accelerate and Tech-Specific Best Practices Will Emerge
When organizations combine, they often bring different technologies with them. An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a technology that can vary from one organization to another. These EHR systems are often deeply ingrained into clinical operations and are associated with some form of debt (time, money, and adoption). Two (or more) EHRs mean data sharing, decision-making, patient-specific insights, and quality and risk adjustment operations can be quite distinct. The newly formed organization often faces a dilemma: either rip out one system or find band-aid solutions to make unique systems work together.
Instead, innovators in our space are seeking a technology strategy that is EHR-agnostic. With an EHR agnostic solution like Vim, healthcare organizations can ensure that their clinical nodes learn to speak to one another, and the users in their provider networks can maintain their workflows and processes while leveraging the latest solutions to enhance and expand in-EHR capabilities. Instead of ripping out and replacing tech and operations that are working now, a best practice will be to engage with EHR integrators and middleware platforms like Vim that keep providers in their preferred EHRs while still accelerating value-based care initiatives.
Trend 3: Value-Based Care (VBC) Requires Best-in-Breed Technology and Services
VBC is not yet where it should be. Still, as it gains popularity, we recognize that the high-value providers that successfully transition to VBC have the right programs, support/wraparound services, and resources (such as technology) built into their frameworks. Industry analysts such as PitchBook have made the case that “…enablement is the most important mechanism by which the VBC transition will play out in the US over the next 5-10 years.”
So, how do we best serve providers at scale ahead of VBC catching up across the industry? We innovate faster and more accurately and empower VBC enablers and providers to choose integrated tools and solutions that help them do their part in building more value in a fractured and inconsistent landscape. At Vim, we empower providers to engage with insights and actions at the point of care with Vim Connect. Now, we are rolling out advanced capabilities to allow developers to build their applications on top of Vim’s in-EHR integration layer. Vim’s developer platform is the first step in creating an application marketplace for healthcare technology and giving VBC enablers and providers the keys to building more value in our healthcare system.
Trend 4: Providers Want Control of Their Technology Stack
Software engineering has seen rapid growth and investment, resulting in the development of numerous tools and frameworks that enhance the capabilities of engineers – including those focused on healthcare. On the other hand, physicians have traditionally relied on manual processes and face challenges in adopting and implementing new technologies due to cost, training, and resistance to change. Improvements in healthcare software development have not translated into better efficiency or empowerment for physicians. So, what’s the disconnect? Healthcare providers require solutions that simplify the healthcare process, allowing them to focus on patients, particularly those who need the most care. Developers need a way to tap into how physicians work in clinical settings to offer these advancements. Closed systems, multiple logins across portals, more admins than doctors, and the inability to scale practices will not get us there.
Providers are being introduced to solutions like Vim that empower decision-making, reduce burden, and help them transition to alternative payment models and operations. In other words, they are getting control back over their technology stack. They are shifting to a provider-driven technology ecosystem that allows them to choose the tools that work best for them and their patients – solutions that are both sponsored and available for investment.
At Vim, we’re at the forefront of this healthcare tech revolution. Vim is building payer, provider, and developer-friendly infrastructure and intelligent tools that allow everyone to create scalable products that solve big problems in healthcare. Through our middleware capabilities and developer platform, our industry will be able to challenge the status quo and empower developers to create game-changing applications that will lead to a future of accessible, personalized, and data-driven healthcare. Our goal is to see these trends become a reality. We want to hear from you if you share in the mission to build a more connected and collaborative healthcare system. Visit us at getvim.com/vim-canvas-developer-platform to learn more.
In the age of digital transformation, providers face mounting pressure to optimize clinical processes due to the focus on performance and risk adjustment. Coupled with the rapid adoption of technology, there is a profound need for aligning stakeholder interests to ensure quality care and efficient data utilization, especially across legacy systems like Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Technology plays a primary role in bridging the gap between healthcare entities like payers and providers but if the technology is not focused on provider empowerment and collaboration, challenges can arise.
In this blog post, we take an in-depth look at these challenges and the potential solutions.
Portals and spreadsheets were once the norm, but today’s healthcare demands more. The traditional use of spreadsheets and portals, although initiated with the best interests, adds an unnecessary administrative burden. Clinicians and care teams are often forced to shift away from their workflow to access this data. The key is to help providers maintain their focus within existing systems such as EHRs and proactively drop patient-specific insights right at the point of care where and when providers need the information.
Effective patient care relies on information being readily available within the clinical workflow. Providers need contextually relevant data within their EHR workflows to make informed decisions. When health plans and data partners provide data directly within EHR workflows, it empowers providers to deliver better patient experiences. This not only enhances patient care but also reduces the time wasted in data retrieval.
In the shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement models, it’s imperative for all parties – from health plans to providers – to be on the same page. This demands clear targets, supportive infrastructure, and a move away from time-intensive IT projects. Additionally, it’s important to align financial incentives among stakeholders when there is shared risk involved and in other financial arrangements (dependent on a provider’s readiness to manage risk). This is a crucial step to ensure financial success as there is a deeper level of collaboration involved in these alternative payment and operational models.
By embracing digital strategies for the underlying support infrastructure across provider networks (data, line of sight to performance, etc. ) and equipping networks with the latest performance enablement technology, the entire healthcare spectrum benefits.
The traditional methods of direct integration have often been tedious and time-consuming. But there’s good news! Newer technologies, leveraging robotic process automation, agent-based connections, and dynamic API interactions, are powering a new approach. These advancements not only drastically reduce the implementation timelines but also enhance overall clinical performance and engagement.
Next Steps for Stakeholders:
Vim gives our customers virtually unlimited access to provider EHR workflows – at scale. Wherever Vim is connected, it delivers data, actionable insights, and our customers’ tech seamlessly within active EHR workflows. Our unique cloud-based and EHR-agnostic platform is the single source of data from multiple content sponsors delivered to thousands of Vim digitally connected provider organizations – all without a portal.
Vim’s Offerings for the Future of Healthcare:
Vim Clinical Data Exchange: Automate patient chart retrieval at scale during existing in-EHR workflows.
Vim Diagnosis Gaps: Embed suspected diagnoses directly into EHRs for enhanced provider engagement.
Vim Enhanced Eligibility: Save time with instant insurance eligibility status confirmation.
Vim Order Assist: Simplify the referral process with real-time data.
Vim Patient Health History: Expand awareness of a patient’s health journey with claims-based data summaries.
Vim Prior Authorization: Streamline prior authorization processes without leaving the EHR.
Vim Quality Gaps: Integrate quality data directly into EHR workflow for enhanced performance.
Vim Rx Assist: Manage patient-specific medication workflows, improve medication adherence and adoption, and reduce the total cost of care.
Embrace the digital age with the right technology and strategies. The path to optimizing healthcare is through collaboration, streamlined workflows, and patient-centric solutions.
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Dive deep into Point-of-Care Technology in healthcare and discover its transformative role in contemporary medical practices.
Point-of-care technology (PoC) is a powerful tool for healthcare providers who are tasked with medical care delivery and good clinical outcomes and for health insurers and other risk-bearing entities. PoC technology refers to easily accessible and usable diagnostic and clinical devices used for patient care – at provider’s offices, at the patient’s bedside, in clinics, or in other care settings where data supports care delivery. These technologies enable healthcare professionals to make quicker, more accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions, improving patient outcomes and reducing unnecessary healthcare resource utilization. The need for access to medical expertise and diagnostics is becoming increasingly essential. Point-of-care technology represents a paradigm shift, where healthcare professionals can seamlessly merge data-driven decision-making with personalized patient engagement, all in real-time and at the point of patient care. In this blog post, we will explore the core of this technology, its benefits, challenges, concerns, and, most importantly, the future of PoC in healthcare.
The impact of PoC technologies on global health systems and generally on clinical outcomes is profound. With the ability to deliver rapid and accurate results, PoC technology has improved patient outcomes, increased patient satisfaction, reduced hospital stays, and minimized healthcare costs. These technologies have also played a crucial role in addressing healthcare disparities in underserved areas by providing access to quality diagnostic services. Additionally, PoC technologies allow for real-time data collection, enabling healthcare providers to track the progress of patients on a continuous basis.From remote monitoring to in-home testing and bedside diagnostics, PoC is changing the face of medicine as we move towards personalized and patient-centric care.
In today’s fast-paced world, where time is of the essence, point-of-care technology holds immense importance. It allows healthcare providers to deliver timely, accurate care, minimizing delays and improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. With PoC technology, healthcare professionals can obtain critical diagnostic information rapidly and with more accuracy, leading to more targeted treatment plans and reduced healthcare spending. Its ability to deliver real-time and/or data-backed results for conditions ranging from infectious diseases to chronic illnesses empowers healthcare providers to tailor treatments and interventions according to individual patient needs. Point-of-care technology enables doctors to gain vital information and results, allowing them to make critical decisions whenever and wherever necessary. Accessibility ensures that essential healthcare industry services are readily available and patients are diagnosed and treated quickly.
PoC technology encompasses a wide range of devices and systems, including handheld diagnostic devices, portable ultrasound machines, and mobile health apps. These technologies – when demonstrating a positive user experience – cater to various medical specialties and offer solutions for rapid diagnosis, monitoring, and data management. Some common examples include:
The adoption of Point-of-Care Technology brings numerous benefits to health professionals including primary care physicians:
Patients receiving treatment and or care with the support of various PoC methods experience enhanced care delivery across care systems and in terms of wearable PoC methods, no longer need to spend extended periods in hospitals and other medical centers (reducing healthcare spending). This system provides convenience, faster access, more real-time results, and better communication between healthcare providers and data or content sources like health plans, MSOs, ACOs, and other risk-bearing entities, as well as improved communication between patients and providers. For patients, Point-of-Care Technology offers significant advantages:
While PoC technology offers numerous advantages, it is not without its challenges. Quality control, maintenance, and training for healthcare providers in clinical settings are essential to ensure the accuracy and reliability of PoC or point-of-care systems. This is especially important when considering healthcare user experience across PoC technologies. Additionally, regulatory and data security concerns must be addressed to maintain patient trust and safety across the healthcare industry.
The future of point-of-care healthcare technology in healthcare is promising. As technology continues to advance and healthcare emphasis shifts to value over volume, PoC solutions will become even more interconnected. Integrating electronic health record systems and data analytics in your clinical management strategies will allow for real-time monitoring and prediction of patient outcomes. Furthermore, the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms will enhance the capabilities of PoC technology, providing healthcare professionals with actionable insights and decision-support tools. Additionally, the focus on improving patient engagement through user-friendly interfaces (user experience is key) and internet-connected systems is likely to rise.
In conclusion, PoC technology is the future of healthcare, evolving and becoming a more integral part of modern medicine with each new advancement and innovation. The benefits speak for themselves, and while there are concerns over data privacy and inaccuracy, the potential of PoC technology in healthcare is limitless. Vim is actively partnering and creating new PoC technology solutions to drive this healthcare revolution toward a more efficient and patient-centered future.
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In the fast-paced world of healthcare, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems have become indispensable for managing patient health records, streamlining workflows, and enhancing overall healthcare delivery for health care organizations. However, as technology advances, older EHR systems, commonly known as legacy systems, can become outdated and hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare organizations often leading to clinician burnout. In this blog post, we will explore the best practices for optimizing legacy EHR systems, enabling healthcare providers to enhance existing point-of-care workflows and improve healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes, enhance patient satisfaction, and achieve seamless system interoperability. Read below to learn more about our EHR optimization strategies that health care leaders are implementing today as part of their overall value-based healthcare strategies.
A legacy EHR system, in this case, refers to an often older and sometimes outdated electronic health record system that health care professionals rely on. Often they are outdated because they don’t meet all the needs and requirements imposed on health care providers as the clinical landscape changes and alternative payment and business models such as value-based care are operationalized. These systems may have served well in the past, but they pose significant challenges to healthcare providers as technology and the healthcare industry evolve, and patient care requirements change. Legacy systems may lack modern features, impede interoperability with other software, and can become vulnerable to security risks – ultimately leading to physician burnout. You may be wondering how to improve EHR systems. It is wise to consider an EHR strategy that helps you optimize the system you have.
The questions we often hear as an EHR-integration technology provider is just how to improve electronic health records and what do you recommend as an overall EHR strategy – especially in light of the shift to value-based healthcare. Optimizing legacy EHR systems has become crucial for healthcare organizations seeking to provide high-quality patient care while staying competitive in a rapidly evolving industry. Failure to conduct EHR Optimization of your legacy systems can lead to inefficiencies, data inaccuracies, and dissatisfied patients and providers, negatively impacting the overall healthcare experience. As part of EHR optimization strategies you implement, healthcare providers can unlock numerous benefits, such as improved patient outcomes, reduced administrative burden, enhanced data security, and increased staff productivity.
Before embarking on an EHR optimization journey, conducting a comprehensive assessment of your current EHR system is essential. Ask the question – how have ehrs affect the way healthcare is provided? This assessment should encompass the evaluation of system functionality, user feedback, performance metrics, security measures, and interoperability capabilities to achieve robust EHR optimization strategies. It should also take into account how EHR systems improve the quality of care for patients and analyze if your EHR system has helped your organization achieve improved patient care. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your legacy EHR system will provide valuable insights into what needs improvement and how to strategize for the future – especially when accelerating or transitioning to value-based healthcare.
1. Software Updates and Upgrades: Work with the vendor of the EHR system to identify and apply the latest updates and upgrades. This ensures your system remains compatible with new healthcare standards, maintains data security, and improves overall performance.
2. Interoperability Enhancements: Explore options to integrate your legacy EHR system with other healthcare software applications, such as laboratory systems, billing systems, and patient portals in order to answer the question of how to improve EHR capabilities and work on improving EHR user experience. Interoperability fosters seamless data exchange, reducing redundancy and enhancing collaboration among healthcare providers in addition to contributing to accurate documentation.
3. User Training and Support: Invest in comprehensive training for the staff across the clinical practices in your network to ensure they can make the most of the optimized EHR system. A well-trained workforce can navigate the system more efficiently, improving workflows and enhancing patient care.
4. Data Analytics and Reporting: Leverage data analytics tools within your EHR system to gain valuable insights into patient outcomes, care quality, and operational efficiency. Data-driven decision-making enhances the overall performance of your healthcare organization.
5. Security Upgrades: Strengthen the security measures of your legacy EHR system to protect sensitive patient information from data breaches and cyberattacks. Regular security assessments and updates are essential to maintain compliance with healthcare regulations.
An optimized legacy EHR system can revolutionize healthcare delivery in several ways:
– Streamlined Workflows: Improved EHR systems lead to smoother workflows, reducing administrative burdens and allowing healthcare providers to focus more on patient care.
– Enhanced Patient Satisfaction: With faster access to accurate patient information, healthcare professionals can provide personalized and efficient care, leading to higher patient satisfaction levels. A goal of all health care leaders.
– Improved Clinical Decision-Making: Optimized EHR systems facilitate data-driven decision-making, empowering healthcare providers with real-time insights for more informed clinical decisions. Additionally, it can contribute to less medical errors.
– Increased Interoperability: Seamless data exchange between different healthcare systems and providers enhances care coordination, leading to better patient outcomes and a streamlined patient journey. This is especially critical in primary health care clinical settings.
– Reduced Costs: Efficiency gains, reduced redundancies, and improved resource allocation contribute to cost savings for healthcare organizations.
Optimizing legacy EHR systems is crucial for healthcare organizations looking to provide top-notch patient care, enhance operational efficiency, and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving industry. By assessing your current EHR system and systems across your network, strategizing for EHR optimization, and leveraging the benefits of modern technology, you can achieve improved healthcare delivery, enhanced patient satisfaction, and seamless interoperability across your network. And remember, not all EHR upgrades are created equal. A point of care technology that can connect data to enhanced workflows directly in provider EHRs is key to ensuring performance at scale.
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Unravel the debate of Fee-for-Service vs Value-Based Care in healthcare. Discover insights, benefits, drawbacks, and make an informed choice.
In today’s ever-evolving healthcare landscape, it’s crucial to understand the differences between Fee-for-Service (FFS) and Value-Based Care (VBC). Healthcare professionals are increasingly tasked to lower costs while increasing efficiency and the quality of care delivered to patients. To keep up with these demands, many practices – especially primary care practices – are shifting to the alternative payment model of value-based care that rewards quality over quantity. Despite the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) emphasizing alternative payment models and this operational model over the past two decades based on its confidence in its ability to lower healthcare costs and improve quality of care, the debate over the merits of these two models continue today among healthcare professionals, policymakers, and patients alike.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, “In the last decade, the CMS Innovation Center has developed and implemented more than 50 value-based care models across seven categories of initiatives that have been rolled out in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Between 2020 and 2022, more than 300,000 providers and plans and more than 41 million individuals with public and private health insurance participated in CMS Innovation Center initiatives.” As participation in value-based healthcare grows, this blog offers an opportunity to explore the intricacies of FFS and VBC, comparing their advantages, disadvantages, and overall impact on patients and providers. Read on to see the comparison of fee-for-service vs value-based care.
Fee-for-Service is a traditional payment model in healthcare where providers are reimbursed for every service or procedure rendered to patients. In this model, healthcare costs are based on the quantity of services rather than the quality or outcomes. While FFS offers flexibility and immediate payment, it has been criticized for incentivizing over-utilization and driving up healthcare costs.
Value-Based Care is a contemporary approach that focuses on the quality and outcomes of healthcare services rather than just the number of procedures performed. In a value-based model, providers are incentivized to deliver effective, coordinated care that improves patient outcomes and reduces overall healthcare costs. This value-based system or model often involves shared risk and shared savings (e.g. risk-sharing agreements) between payers aka private insurers and providers, aligning incentives for better care.
Both FFS and VBC models have specific implications for patient care:
Both FFS and VBC models have specific implications for healthcare providers:
In a fee-for-service model, providers are reimbursed for each service rendered to patients (i.e. a reimbursement model). This can be on a fee schedule or through negotiated rates with payers. In value-based care, payment structures can vary but often include shared savings, bundled payments, or capitated payments. These payment models aim to align incentives between payers and providers to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care.
The healthcare landscape is gradually shifting towards value-based care as the cost of healthcare skyrockets. As the focus shifts to quality care including patient outcomes, cost containment, and care coordination increases, many health care providers and stakeholders are embracing this model. However, the transition from fee-for-service vs value-based care is complex and requires careful planning, collaboration, and investment in data infrastructure and technology.
The choice between fee-for-service and value-based care ultimately depends on various factors, including individual practice preferences, patient population, and organizational resources. While fee-for-service offers flexibility and immediate payment, value-based care prioritizes quality, outcomes, and cost reduction for overall higher-quality care. Healthcare organizations must carefully evaluate their goals, patient needs, and available resources to make an informed choice that aligns with their long-term vision.
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