Urgent Care News

30 July, 2015

John D. Halamka, MD, MS is CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network and Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee. He blogs at Life as a Healthcare CIO, where this post originally appeared:

As I’ve written about several times in the past, this “care traffic control”, directing the patient to right intensity of care, then closing the loop for followup care, is the future of medicine. It’s high quality, lower cost and improves outcomes. The IT systems required to do it are more about workflow and process than the simple capture of records. As we envision the next generation of electronic tools, support for team-based care with handoff management and closed-loop communication among the stakeholders will be the most important new features.

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