Health IT facilitates care coordination, improves health and reduces costs for those with chronic diseases
With chronic diseases driving costs, deaths, and disability, finding better ways to prevent and manage illness offers the greatest opportunity to curb this growing health care epidemic. Focusing on ways to promote greater care coordination and patient adherence among the chronically ill population can put us on the path to both improving outcomes and decreasing costs.
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease is hosting a briefing for Senate staff to show how Health Information Technology (Health IT) works to facilitate care coordination, improve health and reduce costs for chronically ill patients.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will keynote the briefing and introduce the members on the panel, which will be moderated by Kenneth Thorpe. XLHealth, a Medicare Chronic Disease Special Needs Plan for beneficiaries with diabetes and heart failure, will discuss how it uses Health IT to improve health outcomes and lower costs in high-risk Medicare populations. Allscripts will highlight the importance of Health IT platforms such as ePrescribing and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to create opportunities for interventions with advanced care coordination techniques. Finally, Marshfield Clinic, successful participant in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Shared Savings demonstration, will focus on how providers use EHRs, patient registries and other Health IT tools to improve individual and population health.
- The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator, Rhode Island
- Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
- Laurie Russell, RN, CCM, GCM, Vice President, Quality Strategy & Outcomes, XLHealth
- Douglas A. Gentile, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Allscripts
- Kori Krueger, M.D., Assistant Medical Director of the Institute of Quality, Innovation, and Patient Safety, Marshfield Clinic
*Lunch will be served in compliance with the widely attended event exception to the congressional gift ban rules.
WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 201-00