HIMSS Value Suite Initiative in Review – Part 2

In my last post, I summarized what we’ve collected so far in the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite. Today, I’d like to share a little more about the HIMSS Health IT Value STEPS™ and the interactive model we’ve built to help demonstrate the categories and subtypes.

The STEPS serve as a classification system for the many different types of value we’re finding out there in the real world. When we started collecting data and thinking about how to present it, we were very deliberate about not including “theoretical” values of  health IT.

Rather, we wanted to ensure that what we collected represented actual achievable value from health IT. A major problem when discussing value is that it often involves traditional ROI, and since these type of systems touch so many aspects of the health delivery system, it is very difficult to measure direct, hard dollars saved or earned throughout such a complex system. With the STEPS, we are able to break it down a bit and show that there is value across five major categories: Satisfaction, Treatment/Clinical, Electronic Information/Data, Prevention and Patient Education, and finally, Savings.

Starting this summer, we have presented the HIMSS Health IT Value STEPS™ as an interactive model. If you have not yet tried it, take a look and let me know what you think.

The interactive model is designed to demonstrate the structure of the value STEPS, and provide examples of each type of value. As of this writing, we’ve gathered almost 7,000 individual expressions of value representing over about 900 unique organizations. Within the five major categories outlined above, there are over 80 separate types of value found in the STEPS. As we continue to collect information on value, we expect that to grow.

Along the way, we will continue to expand the interactive model, which represents a fraction of what we’ve collected so far. In the months to come, we will expand the ability to find providers and the value they’ve identified.

And now that we’ve collected thousands of these examples, we will begin the process of sifting through the data to uncover interesting relationships, best practices, and lessons learned. We will also be sharing the wisdom of many providers who have led the way in maximizing the value of their investment.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

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