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Healthcare's accountable care organizations face daunting IT task, deadlines

John Moore | June 4, 2013
Outlined in the Affordable Care Act, the ACO model aims to link hospitals, physician networks, acute care facilities and other organizations in an effort to provide more coordinated care that in turn reduces costs. But ACOs must address four key IT challenges before a strict government deadlines impose financial penalties.

Such a task isn't strictly an IT issue, but Wah says technology can play a role in care coordination. "There's a need for a digital solution. Most people don't believe you can do this on paper. You can't get information in a timely fashion, and you can't move it around in an easy way."


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