HIMSS13 showcases HIT industry change

March 2, 2013 in Medical Technology

From one year to the next, few sectors of the US economy change as much or as quickly as health IT.  And at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference Exhibition, March 3-7, 2013, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, attendees will get a chance to see what that change looks like.

From one year to the next, few sectors of the US economy change as much or as quickly as health IT.  And at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference Exhibition, March 3-7, 2013, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, attendees will get a chance to see what that change looks like.

From Meaningful Use to Interoperability to Mobile Health; all the big developments that are impacting the way healthcare works will be thoroughly explored in workshops, education sessions and on the HIMSS13 Exhibit Floor.

As Willa Fields, current chair of the HIMSS Board of Director, sees it, the thing to remember is that the major changes of the past year are “all interconnected.”

In her eyes, “perhaps the biggest change in health IT is the rise of patient engagement” as a focus for policymakers and providers alike.  Previously, she said, healthcare providers were much more “disease oriented”, but now they’ve significantly expanded their perspective to put “connecting with the consumer” toward the top of their list of concerns.

And those consumers, she said, are already having an impact, especially when it comes to another of the past year’s major developments: mobile health.  “There’s a whole lot of mobile health going on that’s being patient driven,” she said, pointing in particular to the rapidly multiplying array of mobile apps that “have nothing to do with providers.”

Of course, new technology is only the front end of the developments.  The back end, so to speak, is the data that all those apps and devices are capturing.  Given the importance of this newly available data, Fields said, HIMSS has created a Clinical Business Intelligence Committee, which focuses on topics such as knowledge management to support accountable and quality care, informatics, analytics and data warehousing.

Another new conference offering Fields pointed to is the Meaningful Use Experience that will be part of the HIMSS13 Exhibit Floor.  This special demonstration area is designed to expose attendees to complete EHR modules and solutions.  An interactive event, the Meaningful Use Experience will enable attendees to meet vendors, see multiple demonstrations so that they can closely compare products, and hear a range of presentations.

According to Fields, attendees will experience more than just a random series of demonstrations, as exhibitors had a range of operational criteria they had to meet in order to be included in the exhibit.

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