Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are rising up all over the U.S. Did you know there are 202 more ACOs today than there were just one year ago? Quite the jump in such a short amount of time! But it means patients are getting better treatment through improved access to coordinated care.

Yet, even with the increase in numbers, ACO success hinges on healthcare organizations’ ability to streamline data sharing and increase data integration. Achieving these goals leads to enhanced support for population health management — currently a popular topic because of its usefulness in reducing several hospital utilization factors such as readmissions, emergency department visits and length of hospital stays.

View our animated infographic to catch up on other ACO trends you should keep an eye on for the rest of 2014!

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