Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Care Connectivity Consortium

The article "Capitalizing on Capabilities" describes 11 capabilites that well-managed companies tend to have.  One capability that particularly strikes me and I think is essential to company successes is collaboration.  Whether it's within an organization or across similar organizations, I believe that optimal efficiency can be achieved through collaboration, and many other of the capabilities can be highlighted as organizations collaborated.

A major collaborative initiative in the health care world today is the Care Connectivity Consortium, which is an effort between five of the nation's largest health systems to deliver an interoperable electronic medical records system.  These health systems include Geisinger Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Health Care, and Group Health Cooperative.  Just over a year ago, these leaders in health care technology found themselves at a road block, unable to communicate across systems of patient data, potentially preventing patients from receiving necessary care.  Joining forces, they created an interoperability consortium of patient-centered technology to allow for secure data exchange. 

On top of collaboration, the health systems have demonstrated several other capabilities.  They have shown customer connectivity, as patients are their customers and the purpose of this initiative is to improve patient care.  Leadership has also played a main role in developing this consortium; in fact 3 of the organizations' CEOs spoke at the HIMSS 2012 conference to endorse the initiative and show their support and understanding of the need for it.  Additionally, the organizations use strategic unity, having developed a clear, unified mission and team to achieve their goal.  They also demonstrate innovation, as this is the first time any major health systems have collaborated in such a field.  The collaboration leads to efficiency for the health systems, providers, and patients in providing the most optimal, technology based health care.

Five Leading Health Systems Create New Care Connectivity Consortium: http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter/pressreleases/nat/2011/040611interoperability.html

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