After decades of anticipation, we have clearly entered the crucible in which the future of the nation’s health experience and enterprise is being forged. The impacts of demographic and personal aging are experienced in a context already roiling in economic, policy, and institutional crisis. Interestingly, disruptive demographics and technological advances intensify the crisis and provide the key opportunities for new solutions. The Long Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) sector is increasingly recognized as an essential component and a potential innovator of emerging national, community and personal health and wellness strategies.
It is in this context that the LTPAC Health Information Technology (IT) Collaborative (the Collaborative) introduces its fourth Road Map designed to prioritize action for 2012-2014. We have seen significant progress against priorities highlighted by the third Road Map:
• Publishing of certification criteria and process for LTPAC electronic health record (EHR) solutions by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), and successful completion of certification requirements by leading LTPAC EHR vendors.
• Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Challenge Grants awarded to four states to promote LTPAC health information exchange (HIE) initiatives.
• Continued adoption of electronic medical/health record (EMR/EHR) solutions and related strategies by the LTPAC sector.
• Exploratory incorporation of health and wellness monitoring technologies by LTPAC providers to support existing and emerging business and service models.
• Broader recognition and support of LTPAC concerns and activities in ONC, standards, and quality initiatives.
See on www.ltpachealthit.org