Long-term care collaboration is key, experts say

As consumer demands continue to fuel innovation, the healthcare industry must evolve to meet individuals on their terms, says John Derr, one of the founders of the LTPAC Health IT Collaborative. That includes keeping track, electronically, of all patient information, not just data gathered during episodic visits.

Derr, a consultant and former senior vice president and CIO/CTO for Golden Living Centers, spoke Monday at the Long Term & Post Acute Care Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C. In some ways, he said, long-term and post-acute care providers are in a better position than other organizations to meet the criteria for developing such person-centric, e-longitudinal care plans, according to HealthTech Magazine.

“Where does this start? Maybe one day in 50 years, it will start at birth, but right now, there are only a few places where it can be started and really generated so the person can take control,” Derr said. “It’s really the nursing homes and the home care agencies and long-term acute care centers, because they see somebody long enough to get the complete profile on a person, what’s ailing them, not just coming out of the hospital, but the total person.”

Still, Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, an advocacy group focused on education, advocacy and applied research in the field of aging, said that the LTPAC industry can no longer live just in its own lane, as value-based care requires cooperation by all stakeholders to ensure the health of seniors. Providers, payers, vendors and government entities must work together and be “laser-focused” on keeping people well and functionally able for longer, she said.

Read the full story at HealthTech Magazine.

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