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One major topic at this year’s HIMSS 2012 Conference, was accountable care programs. As January 1, 2012 marked the initial period for healthcare organizations to start the application process to become eligible for Accountable Care Organization status there was much debate about whether or not ACOs could improve healthcare while reducing costs.

The coordinated care provided by an Accountable Care Organization can help ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.

Cisco is already helping healthcare organizations meet accountable care requirements, with an aim to:

Accountable care programs encourage physicians and providers alike to collaborate and share responsibility over patients, reduce healthcare costs and improve overall delivery of healthcare. Saint Thomas Health, a family of hospitals based in Tennessee, is using Cisco HealthPresence to provide healthcare access for patients in areas where medical resources are scarce, while also helping to improve outcomes.

Check out the case study section here to see videos and learn how Cisco HealthPresence is helping MissionPoint Health Partners, founded by Saint Thomas Health, meet the Accountable Care Organization standards set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year.

How is your organization leveraging technology to help achieve Accountable Care Organization (ACO) status?

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