EHRs don't quite have clinical decision support for ACO participation

Clinical decision support vendor Zynx Health conducted a survey of its hospital clients running five different EHR systems. The researchers found that hospitals aren't quite ready for participation in the accountable care organizations (ACOs) that focus on heart failure and pneumonia when they're just using the features included in EHRs.

While federal ACO quality measures have yet to be defined, those are two hotspots in clinical care where following evidence-based best practices have been proven to prevent both patient deaths and hospital readmissions. Technology can be used to give providers advice on care measures to use in these situations.

In this podcast, Zynx CEO Scott Weingarten, M.D., discusses the making of the study, its major findings and tips for provider CIOs looking to get their clinical decision support systems ACO-ready -- whether they choose Zynx systems or not. Of the 100-plus CMS Pioneer ACOs, about 30 are Zynx customers, putting the company on the cutting edge of this new payment-model frontier.


This was first published in August 2012

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