Participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs) is a growing movement, due in part to their potential to overcome some of the rising costs (and hurdles) of current health care delivery. To achieve optimal patient outcomes and lower costs for patients and physicians, ACO networks must be able to communicate in a timely manner to coordinate care between independent physicians and large groups. The solution at the center of this communication network is DocbookMD.
DocbookMD has a unique ability to support ACOs because it is a communication platform that connects physicians directly to their medical colleagues, care teams, and other health information technology (IT) resources. Thus, it acts as a hub for the disparate systems ACO participants currently have in place. Whether it's different electronic medical record systems, health information exchanges, or other health IT, DocbookMD allows all participants to communicate and share patient information in real time — even if they have no other IT solutions in place. This added efficiency ultimately drives down the cost of health care.
DocbookMD has recently partnered with one of the largest ACOs in the country — Memorial Hermann Physician Network of Houston (MHMD). MHMD physicians will gain significant communication and workflow advantages and be able to securely connect to one another, as well as to other physicians across Houston.
DocbookMD is available to all TMA members as a free member benefit. Across the country, more than 25,000 physicians in 41 states use DocbookMD, further connecting the community of medicine. DocbookMD is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, as well as PC and Mac. The app can be downloaded using the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Docbook Enterprise offers a scalable and secure way for groups, hospitals, and ACOs to meet a wide variety of workflow needs and enhance existing technology systems. To bring the Enterprise version of DocbookMD to your hospital or large group, contact DocbookMD Director of Partnerships Chad Shepler by email or phone, (512) 383-5822.
Action, July 1, 2014