Word from the C-suite: 'Health IT opens a whole new level of innovation'

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One healthcare executive firmly believes all hospitals and health organizations should utilize health IT to improve administrators access to data to build a network that can provide individualized care to all patients.

Jitin Asnaani is the executive director of CommonWell Health Alliance, a vendor-neutral platform that aims to make health data easily accessible to patients and providers. A former director of athenahealth, Mr. Asnaai broke down the two schools of thought relating to health IT in the industry. For health organizations to be able to provide exceptional patient care, they must improve upon their existing health data capabilities and use that data to create more individualized patient care, he said in an interview with Becker's Hospital Review,

"There are two schools of thought around [how important health IT is to hospitals]. One, is it makes [hospitals and health systems'] data more accessible to [providers] and their [patients] … The second thought extrapolates on the first: If the data is more available and it can be shared across the healthcare ecosystem, then you can do even more powerful things [with that data]. You can enable [the] data to [become] available to the right person at the right time … to take care of patients across the continuum … The ability to share the data … opens a whole new door of innovation and capabilities that the internet really created."

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