I recently attended the IHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle. The Institute for Health Technology Transformation, which is based in New York, sponsored the event, one of several it hosts throughout the year. These kind of events are a reporter’s dream—multiple speakers, with compelling stories to share, all gathered under one roof. The panel I moderated—which focused on adopting mobile health technologies—included representatives from an array of organizations, including Lehigh Valley Health Services, Palomar Pomerado Health, vRad, and Nuance Communications, two hospitals, a radiology group practice, and a speech recognition software company, respectively

Later, Bill Spooner, the CIO of Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, gave a summary of the IT progress his hospital has made over the years. Sharp is developing an application to become a “Pioneer ACO” under Medicare, one of two federal initiatives around accountable care delivery models. The IT requirements for this new model—which calls for preventive medicine, coordinated care across the spectrum of delivery, and shared financial risk with payers--are substantial.

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