The 10th Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit is taking place June 22-24. This annual gathering of people involved in post acute care will be looking at broad directions for the future of healthcare and technology. The Summit combines health and healthcare trends, information technology directions and Federal legislative and regulatory policy.

Kindred has been a strategic partner of the LTPAC HIT Summit for several years, shaping the agenda and leading the panel discussions. This year, I will be presenting work I’ve done for the Federal Health IT Policy Committee on a voluntary certification program for LTPAC Electronic Health Records.

The 2014 LTPAC HIT Summit has five different themes:

  • Connected patients and caregivers
  • Connected workers
  • Connected partners
  • Health intelligence, and
  • Changing business imperatives.

We live in a connected world. We now expect to be connected in the palm of our hand to all the critical information we need to get through our day. We connect with family and friends, arrange meetings, find the information and resources we need and make financial transactions. Mobile apps and the Internet have changed what happens outside of work and is also changing what happens at work. The Summit will explore how post-acute and long-term care is participating in these changes, how we connect with our patients, residents and their families and caregivers, how we connect our workforce to the information they need and how we connect with the many partners we have in providing care.

We are also seeing “smart” apps. They are context aware, know what we are doing, what we need to do next and feed us the information and options for action. We are applying this to healthcare, looking at how technology can provide the intelligence that powers the user experience, clinical decision support and real-time guidance for our organizations.

We’re improving the exchange of information amongst care settings. There are new incentives for acute care hospitals to provide electronic information as patients transition to post-acute care. Kindred and other providers are preparing to receive these secure messages and integrate them into our care processes. This is an early step in the journey to improve care transitions with improved information.

These are exciting and challenging times for healthcare providers. We are developing new business models in response to the economic and care demands placed on us. We are being asked to improve care and reduce costs. Information and the use of information technology are central to meeting these challenges. I am proud to represent Kindred at this event and hear from others in healthcare.