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Care plans from clinical content vendors and professional physician societies are available on the current market, but few go beyond the basics of coordinated care, and many remain paper-based. This leaves HCOs of all sizes with the unenviable task of having to creating longitudinal care plans and processes to distribute largely on their own. Chilmark forecasts that it will be two to three years, before more robust solutions from vendors will enter the market at scale. To create a true longitudinal care plan, HCOs must break down data and operational silos, automating communication processes and other workflows across disparate provider organizations, and provide patients and their caregivers access to the care plan. Some HCOs today use electronic health record (EHR) systems to attempt to accomplish this goal, while others use bare-bones care management systems or even paper-based records. Chilmark believes that HCOs will need far more comprehensive tools for documenting, developing, distributing, and monitoring the types of longitudinal care plans that will truly bend the cost curve in healthcare.
To compile this report, Chilmark evaluated care plan offerings available in the United States and several other countries. The report draws on this information to identify the most important elements of a longitudinal care plan, describe the steps that HCOs should take to facilitate coordinated care, indicate which data elements should go into a care plan, and provide best practices for using care plans in inpatient, post-acute, and behavioral health settings. In addition, the report evaluates off-the-shelf care plans from evidence-based clinical content vendors as well as physician specialty societies. The report will provide strategic insight to anyone interested in understanding how longitudinal care plans will evolve over the next several years in an increasingly value-based healthcare system. HCOs, healthcare IT vendors, consultants, investors, and others will all benefit from this in-depth report. Length of Report: 52 pages Cost: $2,000