Healthbox’s Forum “Digital Transformation: Converting Opportunities into Outcomes”, led by speakers Dr. Anne Snowdon (HIMSS) and Julie Campbell (Healthbox), wrapped up its first of two sessions on October 21st. The event included a panel on leading practices around digital health transformation with Dr. Anne Snowdon, Sara Vaezy (Providence St. Joseph Health), and Betty Jo Rocchio (Mercy). The event also included a think-tank style format for fellow health system executive attendees to learn from peers and experts. Here are a few takeaways from the event:
- The four dimensions of a mature digital health ecosystem – Governance and Workforce, Interoperability, Predictive Analytics, and Person-Enabled Health – are all critical to a health system’s digital strategy. Health systems must prioritize and excel in all four dimensions to achieve successful progress in their digital transformation journey.
- 50% of attending organizations are in the midst of their digital transformation goals, making changes generally across on a departmental or use case basis. Two key discussion points were that digital transformation must be aligned at the enterprise level and it must be thought of as a journey, not as a project with a start and an end.
- The pandemic has called out fee-for-service as a systemic risk to the health care sector. Health systems must evaluate their financial dependency when transitioning to a value-based model, and efforts to build interoperability and predictive analytics foundations can be financially aligned with digital initiatives that improve population health.
- Virtual health surges during the pandemic have forced health systems to create a digital environment that can sustain them long term. While virtual health visits have since dipped, some specialties or regions continue to see good volume that can be optimized.
- There are 350,000+ health and fitness mobile applications on the market, but the vast majority are not connected to health systems in an integrated way. Consumers are managing their health individually, and health systems need to determine the gaps in their offerings, the problems that need to be solved, and how they will measure these solutions.
The next Forum session will be held on October 27th, 9 am – 12 am CT. If you are a health system leader interested in participating in the digital transformation conversation, click the link below for more information and to sign up for the event.