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With regard to IT development, strategically speaking, what do you need to do in the next year or two?
Adams: The Holy Grail for an IT-techie person like me—patient attribution remains one of the number-one challenges. People underestimate how hard it is to attribute patients to physicians. I think the Holy Grail is combining EMR and claims data. Because right now, we’re still in the world of, here are your gaps in care, but it’s in the EMR. So I may already have had a colonoscopy and Dr. Parsley if he’s my physician wouldn’t know it. So it’s combining outside claims data with EMR data, to provide a true picture of things. And claims data is 30-45 days behind. And in the next two to three years, it’s going to be real-time notification. We don’t have all those things in place yet. So for the next year, we’ve got to get better at patient attribution and risk stratification, and then be able to combine EMR and claims data.
Parsley: I agree: if there’s a report in an old file somewhere that shows the patient did get their colonoscopy in the timeframe needed, and if we had the payer data in a timely way.