PODCAST: Health IT's New Role: The Chief Integration Officer

Aug. 13, 2012
Organizations are working on a multitude of initiatives to prepare for greater contractual risk for population management, while also moving toward value-based care initiatives. In this post-ACA (Affordable Care Act) era of healthcare, a new role, the chief integration officer, is beginning to emerge, says Amanda Berra, practice manager, research and insights at The Advisory Board Company.
Organizations are working on a multitude of initiatives to prepare for greater contractual risk for population management, while also moving toward value-based care initiatives. In this post-ACA (Affordable Care Act) era of healthcare, a new role, the chief integration officer, is beginning to emerge, says Amanda Berra, practice manager, research and insights at The Advisory Board Company.The chief integration officer is beginning to formulate the organizational design for population health management, juggling an overwhelming number of projects in a short time frame without many dedicated team members. This position is focusing on the physician integration needed to set up a care management platform that allows for risk segmentation, the ability to reach out proactively to high-risk patients, avoid preventable readmissions, and focus on better care for chronic conditions. This clinical-based role typically has experience working on both the provider and the payer side of healthcare, and can go by many titles—VP of population health, VP of integration, chief accountable care officer, and VP of the continuum of care.In this podcast, Berra gives some background on the emerging role of the chief integration officer and shares some of the main challenges facing this leader. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at this new role, with perspectives from the men and women performing these new population health duties.

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