binarycode 1Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that in three years, 50 percent of payments will be made through alternative or value-based payment models, such as accountable care organizations.

In a new blog post, Jonathan Draper of Calgary Scientific discusses why ACO success requires robust health IT and information sharing infrastructure.

“Sharing images, lab results and other patient data among physicians is critical for two reasons. First, it lowers costs by eliminating redundant imaging and testing,” Draper writes. “Secondly, ACOs allow patients to get care wherever they like so the ability to share information across institutions becomes a central component of coordinating patient care.”

For more information, read the full post from Calgary Scientific.