IT-Enabled Healthcare Coordination Minitrack

Healthcare coordination involves organizing and sharing information among all participants involved in patient care in order to provide safer and more effective care. It has been identified as a key strategy to improve effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of healthcare. While the need for healthcare coordination is clear, there are many obstacles, both technical and organizational.

Information technology has played a role in enhancing productivity through coordination in many industries, including manufacturing. However, nowhere is this role more critical than in healthcare, where IT has the potential to improve patient health and, in many cases, save lives, through improved coordination between various parties such as hospitals, providers, and patients. However, use of IT in healthcare presents some unique challenges and issues. This minitrack will focus on the use of emerging information technologies to address these challenges to achieve and enable efficient coordination in healthcare.

We invite papers that focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Challenges and opportunities associated with sharing electronic health information among multiple stakeholders
  • Impact of privacy and security concerns on coordination
  • Policy and compliance to facilitate health coordination
  • Patient and caregivers participation in coordination of health
  • Payers and other stakeholders’ (pharma, device manufacturers etc.,) role in supporting coordination of health
  • Integrating medical devices with Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems
  • Integrating patient engagement and self management tools
  • Information technology to support patient centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, and bundled payments
  • Organizational change management for care coordination
  • Care coordination and patient/population health
  • Impact of IT-enabled care coordination on health outcomes (e.g. hospital readmissions, cost efficiency)
  • Technology to support communication and care coordination
  • Technology to measure effective care coordination
  • Coordinating care for underserved populations
  • Tele-health solutions to promote care coordination
  • Role of analytics in achieving care coordination
  • Coordination of healthcare administrative processes, including external agencies

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Susan Sherer (Primary Contact)
Lehigh University

Vishal Ahuja
Southern Methodist University Dallas

Rajiv Kohli
College of William & Mary

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