The market for accountable care organizations (ACO) will open for business soon. In theory, ACOs can help clinicians deliver more effective and more efficient care across a continuum of preventive, primary, acute, and chronic care services. However, an ACO's success will hinge, at least in part, on its ability to share patient data at the point of care and rely on historical and longitudinal data for use in managing population health.
Unfortunately, the data necessary to manage a patient's whole health isn't widely available today. It's locked in a myriad of different provider and payer databases or paper records. This report looks at how ACOs will need to unlock and use that data, via the regulatory and market mechanisms available-or soon to be available.