This article from the HealthCare Economist is about a year old but nicely introduces the topic of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Whether ACOs develop into a long term solution in improving the efficiency of delivering medicine or are added to the scrap pile of dead acronyms remains to be seen.
It Doesn’t Make Sense
When we formed Health Monitoring Systems in 2006, Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) were a big deal. As a young company, we plotted an aggressive course and developed an internal White Paper on the topic.
EpiCenter successfully detected the New Year. As clearly shown by the system’s “Alcohol Related” classification, the U.S had a merry holiday.
Syndromic surveillance isn’t just for detecting bio-terrorism, apparently. Previous festive events detected by syndromic surveillance systems include Super Bowl XL, when merry sports fans checked into Ohio hospitals on their way back to Pittsburgh from Detroit.