We clearly can put a man on the moon. We did it six times. We have created vast networks of computers linking and transferring huge amounts of data (such as our enormous, quite complex, and nearly totally reliable financial networks). Wal-Mart, the National Security Agency, and Boeing (with fly-by-wire) have demonstrated the ability to analyze huge amounts of data to solve extremely complex problems in less than the blink of an eye. And most American males can fix almost anything with a roll of duct tape. But when it comes to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), are the technological requirements equivalent to a roll of duct tape or NASA 1962 redux? Or somewhere in between?

My colleagues and I recently attended an eye opening Webinar given by the Advisory Board Company on technology issues with ACOs. We also took a good look at a Computer Sciences Corporation whitepaper on ACOs. We certainly have no argument that there is a ton of information technology required to make ACOs scale and deliver on their objectives – better care for less costs.

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