McLean, Va. – As health care moves into a transformational era of efficiency, effectiveness and improved patient outcomes through health information technology (health IT), Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) has examined the broad impact of this trend and today identified the top nine ways health IT is transforming health care.
“Good health care is no longer about just good doctors and good hospitals; it’s about connectivity, it’s about data, it’s about information, it’s about speed to treatment and health IT enables each of those,” said Dr. Robert Pearl, the executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group.
“Many people associate health IT simply with the electronic storage of health records,” said Kristine Martin Anderson, a Senior Vice President in Booz Allen Hamilton’s health care market. “In reality, health IT is much more transformative — it’s a strong collection of technologies, tools and innovations that are already revolutionizing the way people receive and manage their care in communities across the nation.”
Health IT has tremendous potential to make the health care system patient-centered. Today, through new mobile technology, doctors can receive real-time information about a patient’s condition. Now, a firefighter who has heart attack symptoms on the job can be diagnosed before he reaches the hospital, allowing him to receive treatment within 30 minutes of noticing symptoms—not hours. Remote monitoring technology and video conferencing allow caregivers to monitor a patient’s vitals and discuss their current condition without the patient even leaving home. </p>
Health IT is transforming the way health-related information is gathered, stored, shared and used. Soon, health IT will revolutionize the entire American health care system, making it more efficient, more effective and more focused on meeting the needs of patients. The following list was developed from research by Booz Allen, which has years of experience in health care consulting for federal, nonprofit and commercial health care clients. Health IT:
Booz Allen works with leading federal, nonprofit and commercial health care clients to understand how to effectively utilize health IT, such as existing and emerging data from electronic health records, claims, and laboratory data, to implement payment reform, comparative effectiveness, quality measurement and improvement, research and development, and translational research.
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Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.59 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2011.
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