The Consortium commends our Members, and the greater healthcare community, for their exceptional responsiveness, dedication, and skill in caring for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. More on "Why Boston Hospitals Were Ready" by Dr. Atul Gawande can be found in his New Yorker article.
At the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, we believe that the coming year will be a momentous, eventful, and challenging one. Let us tell you why we think so.
This is a momentous year because it marks the Consortium’s 35th year as the trusted convener of health care organizations statewide. We remain dedicated to our mission to enhance the value of collaboration in using health information and technology to achieve and sustain improvements in health quality, cost, and effectiveness.
This will be an eventful year for the Consortium as we increase the breadth and depth of our service offerings to members. Our forums, work groups, webinars, and presentations will address the myriad innovations in technology, data and analytics, health care delivery, finance, and public policy that will advance the value of health care in the Commonwealth for years to come.
2013 also will bring enormous challenges to members of our Consortium.
One challenge will be meeting the October 2014 deadline for the implementation of ICD-10, the upgraded and substantially more complex diagnostic coding framework for providers, health plans, and their trading partners.
A second challenge will be in meeting the “triple aim” of accountable care – to improve the health of the population, the health care of each individual, and the affordability of health care.
Our Consortium’s success and our ambitious plans for this year would not be possible without the continued support of our provider, health plan, government, association, and service provider members.
|Chairman of the Board