‘Accountable care’….what is it? It’s generally defined as a local healthcare organization that is able to provide a continuum of care for patients across different institutional settings. It allows doctors to team up with each other and hospitals in new ways, and would include outpatient and inpatient hospital care through post-acute and home care. What does this mean for eHealth? Conceivably plenty. If ACOs emphasize outcomes and wellness, with patients self-managing, with a more bundled pricing model, then eHealth could find a place. Not happy: insurers, medical device manufacturers, small practices. But coming in 2012 (maybe). Kaiser Health News.