LeadingAge and CAST members were front-and-center in mid-June when health information technology (HIT) leaders, policy makers, technology vendors and long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers gathered in Baltimore, MD, for the 8th Annual LTPAC Health IT Summit. CAST led, organized and co-organized a number of conference sessions.
The 2-day Summit covered topics that are highlighted as priorities and recommendations in the 2012-2014 Roadmap for Health IT in LTPAC issued by the LTPAC HIT Collaborative.
In addition, the Summit showcased real-world implementation successes and put the spotlight on certified LTPAC electronic health records (EHRs).
An Interoperability and Innovation Showcase highlighted products demonstrating HIT interoperability for shared care, transfer of care, personal health and e-prescribing.
Sponsor, Member and Staff Involvement
CAST was well represented during the Summit’s educational sessions.
- CAST Executive Director Majd Alwan and Bridget Gallagher, senior vice president of community services at Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL), offered presentations during a general session on “The Business Imperative of Health IT: Know Your Future.” Alwan presented the highlights of the CAST scenario planning and case study publications, as well as other CAST activities that aim to prepare members for the future. Gallagher explored how new payment systems like bundling, pay-for-performance and hospital readmission initiatives are driving and being shaped by HIT and spurring providers to develop technology-enabled business strategies. She also shared JHL’s impressive results with telehealth and medication dispensers.
- During another session, Alwan and CAST Associate Director Paul Burnstein previewed a new portfolio of CAST tools, which are designed to help LTPAC organizations identify EHR products that might meet their needs.
- Louis Lenzmeier of MDI Achieve and Brian Dimit of PointClickCare provided an in-depth review of their interoperability solutions and described the results of e-prescribing and medication management implementations.
- Kendal Corporation’s Director of Health Services Peggy Sinnott and Affiliate Services Training Coordinator Elaine Jackson, as well as Lifespace Communities’ Director of Health Services Deb Goss, presented 2 case studies about how their organizations selected and implemented an EHR. They also described their organizations’ efforts to redesign workflows to maximize the systems’ benefits. The session highlighted the benefits of EHR implementations experienced by these 2 LeadingAge member organizations.
- Jennifer G. Sundby of the Evangelical Good Samaritan Society provided a case study on how her organization leveraged a training program from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to bridge the technology gap and develop new skills in administration, nursing and health information management.
- Jay Gormley, vice president of planning, research and innovation at Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS), and David Dring, information technology administrator at SelfHelp Community Services, presented case studies about their organizations’ efforts to create new home and community-based operations. These operations are designed to meet consumer demands and use technology to deliver preventive and supportive services efficiently and cost-effectively.
- Finally, Alwan presented at the Summit’s Closing General Session, along with Greg Alexander, associate professor at the University of Missouri. The session, entitled “Aging with Choices and Personal Health Technologies: the Future of Assessments,” focused on sensor and other personal health technologies that could change the way LTPAC providers conduct cognitive and physical functional assessments. At the end of the session, Alwan emphasized that pioneering organizations are adopting these technologies as a standard of care. He challenged LTPAC EHR vendors to start thinking about integrating information from these technologies in order to provide a more comprehensive view of LTPAC clients.