The Best Deal – Making Conferences: BIO International edition

Who’s better? BIO International vs J.P. Morgan Healthcare

Hello to the 15K of you that are at the BIO International Convention in San Francisco!

Biotechnology companies, academic institutions and state biotech organizations flock to this international event to network with each other, learn about each other’s pipelines and capabilities, and to get deals done. This meeting covers a broad spectrum of life science domains including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, animal health, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy.

Even with all of this content and opportunities to connect, there’s debate about it being the “place to be”. Damien Garde at STAT posed this question and pointed out that the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is THE meeting where multi-billion dollar deals are made and mergers announced.

Garde has some good points. However, we’d hedge that the deals that close at J.P. Morgan are initiated at BIO. STAT also gives BIO the edge for startups seeking funding as compared to the ‘by invitation only’ J.P. Morgan meeting. And, if you do want to mix your deal-making with learning objectives, Lodescores show that BIO bests J.P. Morgan for Educational experience.

3 Reasons to Send Your Employees to Conferences

On any given day, there are hundreds of conferences taking place across the globe. In a 2009 report published by PwC, the United States Event Industry reported 270,000 conferences with 51 million attendees.  And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, conferences have a 44% projected growth between 2010 and 2020 representing a $280 Billion industry.

Business are sending employees to conferences for employee development, brand presence, and customer meetings. For this reason, Lodestone Insights developed a standardized and objective indices, Lodescore, to help identify, speak, attend, sponsor and exhibit the right conferences:

  1. Education

Conferences provide educational content – from confirmation of existing knowledge to new innovative thoughts and perspectives that challenge the status quo. Good businesses invest in their employees by leveraging conferences not only to develop their employees, but surface information about new market trends and competitor activities. For many businesses, conferences are used as a perk or recognition of good work, which has a positive influence on employee retention rates. Conferences that have good educational experiences are prime to ensure that the information delivered is relevant, practical, and potentially can influence the business in a positive way.

  1. Business Development

Sales and business development is the keystone of growing a business. Conferences are a unique opportunity for businesses to connect with their existing and future customers. With so many conferences happening each week, the challenge is to identify the right conferences and opportunities to make those connections. With sponsorships, special sessions, and exhibit floors, conferences are a place for companies to extend their brand and messaging. Beyond physical marketing, employees in attendance also represent the brand.

  1. Networking

Structured and effective networking at conferences creates opportunities for attendees to meet with like-minded professionals, share ideas, and develop collaborative relationships. While the Internet has changed many aspects of business, it still has not eliminated the need and desire to meet someone in real life. Great networking opportunities can happen in many different forms from coffee breaks, receptions, to 5k runs or other community-based events organized by the conference.


Lodestone Insights has developed a solution to Reveal, Rank, and Realize conference investments.  This tool, known as Lodescore, takes the guesswork out of comparing and identifying the right conferences and gives businesses a simple way to track and manage conference activities.

Navigator: HIMSS, Interoperability, Cybersecurity, National Patient ID

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope that everyone has an extra green shirt to wear tomorrow to cheer on my Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA tournament. I cannot just be a pure data geek… I have to have other interests!

Although, being a data geek is not a bad thing; we are welcoming several new clients and exciting things are happening at Lodestone Insights.

Stay tuned in over the next few weeks as we make it easier for you to get access to Lodescore.  Lodescore is the only data-driven resource that helps inform conference choices for speaking, attending, sponsoring, and exhibiting. We are tracking and evaluating over 5,400 conferences in medicine, life sciences, healthcare, and technology. It is the for conferences. Make sure that you are investing your time and money and get the ROI that you hope to achieve at conferences!

Hope that everyone enjoys some college b-ball this week!

Warm Regards,

Kristin Eilenberg
Founder and CEO

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Distilling Noise into Specific Signals

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference drew nearly 42,000 professionals to Las Vegas. Interoperability was one of the leading topics.

The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia M. Burwell announced on February 29 a pledge to improve interoperability across all healthcare systems and EHRs. Ninety percent of the nation’s EHR vendors signed the pledge, in addition to five of the largest health systems in the country.

The pledge is threefold in that it will strive to provide better access for consumers to their health data, an industry promise against intentional data blocking of data for successful HIE, and finally a promise to develop standards for both interoperability and data storage

Signet Accel was already on top of interoperability coming in to HIMSS, announcing the launch of Avec, a data integration platform created at The Ohio State University, will offer interoperability to healthcare organizations. Interoperability appears in a number of different forms including a technical problem, a policy problem, or a usability problem. Avec is designed to meet the needs of all three of these groups, as well as patients, their families, and communities.

The idea of operating together could be found even without the label of interoperability. Intermoutain Healthcare CIO and senior vice president Marc Probst encouraged hospitals to work more closely to tackle the challenge of cybersecurity at the CHIME CIO forum at HIMSS. “There are many of these problems that I am solving, and others are solving that if [CIOs] get together we could really improve our security profile…we could benefit from the work each one of us are doing,” Probst explained. Watch the entire interview with Suzanna Hoppszallern with Hospitals and Health Networks.

Probst announced at the CIO Forum that CHIME is striving to boost information sharing through several initiatives; The National Patient ID Challenge looks to establish a national patient ID to increase accuracy of patient matching and a partnership with OpenNote looks to increase information sharing between patients and physicians. OpenNote looks to provide for 50 million patients by 2019.

Another highlight of HIMSS 2016 was the closing keynote with Professional football legend Peyton Manning, just days before he announced his retirement from the NFL. Manning spoke on leadership and teamwork.

Former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney also addressed HIMSS about his speculations for what healthcare could expect from each of the presidential candidates should they win the presidency. While differing in many ways, Romney’s guess was that any of the republican candidates would reform

Navigator: IBM’s Watson Health, Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit & Cybersecurity

The nexus of healthcare, life sciences, and technology is expanding at an accelerated rate. This week’s Navigator highlights a real-life cybersecurity attack on a hospital (with a bitcoin ransom, no less), perspectives on standardizing medical device regulations, and bold moves by IT companies wanting to expand into the healthcare sector.


Warm Regards,

Kristin Eilenberg
Founder and CEO

News In The News
Distilling Noise into Specific Signals

IBM’s Watson Health is set to get a bit bigger in 2016 – Make that nearly twice as big. International Business Machines Corporation announced early on February 18 that they would be purchasing Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion. Debora DiSanzo announced in the press statement that with the acquisition of Truven “IBM will be one of the world’s leading health data, analytics and insights companies.” As a vendor that manages healthcare data, one of the biggest challenges IBM faces is control and security of these sensitive data sets.

The Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) 2016 (Lodescores: E4, BD5, N5) held February 7-11, highlighted how hospitals are very susceptible to cyber attacks as demonstrated by Kaspersky Lab’s Sergey Lozhkin. Lozhkin presented at SAS on how he successfully hacked his own hospital by finding a weak point in the free hospital wifi and infiltrating a tomographic scanner that was connected to it. Both hospital managers and medical equipment developers should be alarmed at the amount of work that needs to be done in securing medical equipment.

Luckily Sergey Lozhkin was not a real hacker, but the problem does not dwell in the hypothetical. On the evening of February 17, 2016 Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Officials announced that they paid hackers a ransom of $17,000 in Bitcoin to reclaim control and access over captured data. The hospital decided that the quickest way to regain access would be to pay the hackers, after the computer system was hijacked by a low-tech ransomware, which locked them out of their own networks. The CEO announced there is no evidence that patient data was accessed in the attack.

These attacks showcase the vulnerabilities in the healthcare sector. Scott Erven, a security advocate for medical devices, spoke at SAS on how healthcare is 10 to 15 years behind retail in regards to security. Sooner or later, Ervan warned, things will come to a breaking point.

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology released a report on February 17 calling for regulatory enforcement from the FDA for medical devices. The report cited the “suggestions” from the FDA are not enough protection and that enforceable regulations are needed for manufacturers. Regulatory involvement and oversight has challenged the speed of innovation of new medical devices. However, with the threats of inappropriate access to these devices, standards need to be established and enforced to protect patients and potential life-threatening consequences of the hacking of these devices. This is an ongoing issue as the vulnerabilities of medical devices to hackers was demonstrated at Black Hat back in 2013.

Security is not a backseat issue as the push towards digital transformation, or digitization as it is beginning to be known, is growing across all sectors of business, and the healthcare sector is no exception. Cisco Live Berlin (Lodescores: E4, BD4, N5), which took place February 15-19, focused on how digital growth will allow companies to grow faster and gain competitive edge.

Cisco Live emphasized that part of this digitization is the importance of focusing on the digital customer experience. Customers want access to virtual experts, often through using mobile apps. Although hospitals should proceed with caution. Accenture released a report earlier this year that badly designed apps have the potential to cost hospitals $100 million a year. In-house designed apps infrequently offer what consumers want (access to medical record, ability to schedule and cancel appointments, etc.), and hospitals should instead implement a patient centered approach in app development.

Lodestone Insights is tracking over 5,000 conferences in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, business, and technology sectors. We provide several web-based products to help business leaders make more informed and strategic decisions.

Our proprietary indices rank the conferences by Educational (E), Business Development (BD), and Networking (N) opportunities, and allow you to compare multiple conferences at once.

Noteworthy conferences in Healthcare and Technology coming up:

  • HIMSS 2016: February 29-March 4, 2016 (Lodescores E4, DB4, N4)
  • Medical Informatics World Conference: April 4-5, 2016 (Lodescores: E3, BD5, N5)
  • 13th Annual Health Information Technology Summit: April 10-13, 2016 (Lodescores: E3, BD3, N4)
  • Becker Hospital Review 7th Annual Meeting: April 27-30, 2016 (Lodescores: E4, BD4, N5)
  • 10X Medical Device Conference: May 2-4, 2016 (Lodescores: E3, BD3, N4)
  • Health Datapalooza: May 8-11, 2016 (Lodescores: E2, BD5, N5)

4 Tips for Rocking HIMSS 2016

HIMSS has been one of the biggest and most popular Health IT conferences for over a decade. Last year, Chicago recorded over 43,000 attendees, hundreds of presentations, and thousands of exhibit booths. With the anticipation of this year’s show in Las Vegas, Lodestone Logic, the leader of conference information, has put together a short list of tips to help attendees, speakers, and exhibitors make the most of HIMSS 2016:

  1. Know your objectives. Know your objectives. HIMSS is a huge show; We are tracking it at 1380 of sponsors and exhibitors and 620 of educational sessions and posters. It’s exciting with all of the crowds and activities, and very easy to lose focus on why you decided to attend. Make sure that you are constantly evaluating the best use of your time and attention.
  2. Attack the exhibit floor. Lodestone Logic profiles company activities across thousands of conferences. Our dashboards show that 18 of the top 20 HIT firms are at HIMSS this year. Want to know about their new products? Want to connect with their technology and data experts? You have to be strategic and plan which vendors you want to visit.  Don’t lose any time or shoe leather, map out your path and be intentional. Work from back to front or side-to-side for each of the exhibit floors.
  3. Wear Broncos Orange or Colts Blue to Peyton’s Keynote. Make the most of the educational sessions. With 4/5 stars, HIMSS has a solid educational program. It has many sessions about the trials and tribulations of EHR adoption, challenges of health data breaches, and connecting devices and data to improve the delivery of care. Don’t miss keynote sessions from Michael Dell, CEO of Dell and Lodestone Insight’s old hometown favorite, Peyton Manning.
  4. Measure. Measure. Make sure that the money and time that you invested towards HIMSS gave you an ROI based on your original objectives. If you went to learn, did you? If you went to connect with customers and create new sales, did it? If you went to network, did you connect with your peers and grow your network? Be honest. Was HIMSS worth it? If so, start thinking about next year. If not, contact us to help you find conferences that would help you better meet your objectives.

We hope that you enjoyed this post on how to rock HIMSS 2016. Lodestone Insights is tracking over 5,000 conferences in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, business, and technology sectors. We put information at the fingertips of business leaders allowing them to make more informed and strategic business decisions.

Navigator 75: J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Friends and Colleagues:

We are so glad that you are getting value from The Navigator!
Even with sharing what we are up to, I am learning that I am failing to communicate what we do at Lodestone Insights. During demos of Lodesight, a brand new web-based data and business intelligence tool, clients say, “I knew you were working on something, but I had no idea that it was this. It is amazing.” Yes, when data is done right, it is amazing the insights that can be easily surfaced.

My resolution for this year is to improve my communications and do a better job in articulating how our LI products and services will help you have data at your fingertips to make more informed and strategic decisions.

Warm Regards,

Kristin Eilenberg
Founder and CEO

News In The News
Distilling Noise into Specific Signals

The J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference took place last month and is widely recognized as the yearly kickoff event in healthcare investment. The 34th year hailed a somber outlook. In the previous two years the biotech industry saw increased revenue numbers as many digital health firms moved towards an IPO; the 2016 outlook suggests that the rush is over, and private companies that did not make an IPO are in no hurry now. The conference did however predict a year of consumer-focused health care and retail health.

Jack Young from Qualcomm Ventures predicts to MedCityNews that convergence will be theme of this year, with the number of collaborations increasing between pharmaceutical partners. There is a push to invest in “beyond the pill” technologies, which will assist pharmaceutical companies to measure the effectiveness of medications and support the patients on them.

Qualcomm and GlaxoSmithKline are currently in talks over establishing just such a joint venture that would enable GSK to gain some leverage over its rivals by moving into beyond the pill technologies. The talks are in the earliest stages with little details released on what such a partnership would entail.

The push towards beyond the pill initiatives was evident at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (Lodescores: E3, B5, N4), which took place January 6-9 in Las Vegas. Of the high points of the show, new or improved wearable devices and personal health trackers reigned supreme.

Under Armour and IBM took the stage together at CES to announce a partnership dubbed “Cognitive Coaching Powered by IBM Watson.” The initiative will take the UA app and combine it with cohort analysis from IBM Watson, which will give users even more accurate health insights. The move only confirms UA’s move into quantified self, which is a growing field in health technology.

If the CES is designed for the consumer, the PMWC is designed for the clinician. On January 24-27, 2016, the Personalized Medicine World Conference (Lodescores: E4, BD4, N5) was held in Silicon Valley and highlighted the many different personalized medicine platforms. HealthMyne, which was selected as “Most Promising Company” at the conference, focuses on imaging and data mining. HealthMyne’s radiologist informatics tool is built upon a diagnostic platform that is FDA approved. One criticism of the conference, voiced by John Audette from Amplion, is that the technology showcased is very distant from the actual reality of practicing and using technology in a typical healthcare setting.

Navigator 71: CHIME Fall CIO Forum, Cerner’s Health Conference, Interoperability

Many of you know that I am a sports fan. And, my Spartans beat UofM in the last 10 seconds of a football game; lesson = no matter how much time is left on the clock, there’s time to make something happen. Go Green! Go White!

As you will see from this week’s news summary, there are many people finding ways to integrate innovative technology and methods in to healthcare and pharma drug development. The status quo is NOT an option.

As we roll into the last few months of 2015, make sure that you are showing up and making something happen every day!

Warm Regards,

Kristin Eilenberg
Founder and CEO
Lodestone Logic

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Population Health
Population health studies received a boost as Xavier University announced a collaboration with the human data intelligence startup, Strap. The study, titled Project X, was founded to challenge poor population health. It will track and analyze human data from the Xavier community to enable them to make healthier life choices. The study will invite close to 7500 students, staff, and faculty to participate, collecting data using smartphones, wearables, and mobile apps.At the most recent CHIME Fall CIO Forum, Randy McCleese, VP and CIO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center, and Melissa Swanfeldt, VP of marketing at MEDITECH, addressed leveraging data for population health, stressing the need for interoperability as a necessity over an add-on feature. Dan Kinsella, VP and CIO of the West Region of Northwestern Medicine, also addressed the need to effectively contribute to population heath through bridging the value-based systems of future business with the volume-based systems of past business.At Cerner’s Health Conference (CHC), CEO and Co-Founder of Cerner, Neal Patterson announced that Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System has signed on to use HealtheIntent, Cerner’s population health system. This is a big win for Cerner, as Geisinger Health serves almost 3 million people in the United States.
Phillip Burgher of Wellcentive, a healthcare analytics company, spoke of the gains made in the last ten years in use of Population Health Management Technologies in an interview published by Even with the progress, there is still a long way to go. Many providers deal with more than one system that must be integrated together in order to compile a complete picture of patient health. Integration between population health management systems will be driven by mandated US payment and reimbursement policies.
PCORnet Survey
For our pharma and clinical research friends – Interested in participating in a study to further population health? Duke Clinical Research Institute and PCORnet Industry Collaboration Work Group invite you to contribute to a study to understanding how to conduct clinical research settings in partnership you’re your organizations.PCORnet is an initiative of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is focused on merging health research and healthcare delivery through engaging care givers, patients, and health systems in collaborative partnerships to explore questions on care, outcomes, and conditions that matter most to patients. Deadline for completion of the survey is Friday, October 30, 2015.

Navigator: AdvaMed & Health 2.0 Conferences

At Lodestone, we want to bring our readers information that is relevant and meaningful to the magical intersection of healthcare, technology, and life sciences.

Lodescore, our new innovative conference tracking and business intelligence tool, helps to surface and connect news with activities happening at conferences It is being called ‘the consumer reports’  and ‘moneyball’ on conferences. If you haven’t done so already, you should check it out!

Now, back to the news! Here’s just a taste of what’s happened in the past week….

Warm Regards,

Kristin Eilenberg
Founder and CEO
Lodestone Logic


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California welcomed an influx from the healthcare and technology sectors from the AdvaMed 2015conference in San Diego, and the Health 2.0 9th Annual Fall Conference in Santa Clara.

Medical Devices

AdvaMed is also in the news for pursuing a repeal of the Obamacare Tax on medical devices. Spending has remained consistently low on medical devices over the years, according to Stephen J. Ubl, CEO of AdvaMed. A poll by AdvaMed of its member companies revealed that not only does the tax hurt spending on R&D it has also slowed hiring. Ubl has long been a thought leader and advocate for public policy and health care, and will take the reins as President and CEO for PhRMA in 2016.

The importance of medical device development to improve patient care cannot be underestimated. The FDA announced on October 5, 2015 that it had expanded indication for a medical device to treat patients with brain cancer. Glioblastoma Multiforme, or GBM, accounts for around 15 percent of all brain tumors and is typically resistant to standard treatment options.

The device, named Optune and created by Novocure, is portable and can be powered either by batteries or an outlet, and can be used independently by patients. Optune targets and prevents the division of cancer cells in the brain using TTTFields and can extend patients survival by a few months.

With last months’ scare revealing that medical devices can be hacked, companies are facing increased challenges to develop new devices and technologies. These concerns were discussed during AdvaMed 2015 at a panel led by Melissa Masters from Battle titled, The Hidden Life of Devices: Cyber security and Embedded Medical Devices.

Evolution of Healthcare

With the efficiencies gained with the adoption and integration of technology, there are new ways to conduct the business of healthcare and reduce administrative costs.  CEO of PokitDok, Lisa Maki, announced at Health 2.0 that PokitDok is doing away with transactional charges with payers that normally get coupled with insurance enrollment, eligibility checks, claims processing, and more. “The cost of moving data from point A to point B and automating what used to be done with a lot of legacy technology is close to zero,” Maki Said. “We want to start passing that savings back to all of you.”

U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy also encouraged the evolution of healthcare in his Health 2.0 Keynote address by stressing the importance of moving our focus from treating disease, to preventing disease. Murthy tweeted that “Innovation and Technology can help us ensure that every man, woman, and child has a fair shot at good health.”

Navigator 66: Bio International Hot Topics

We are heading off to BIO next week and hoping that we will be able to connect with many of you that will also be in attendance.

Prior to any show, we outline our estimated ROI, strategically evaluate where we should be, and identify who we should be connecting with for networking and business development opportunities (and, of course fun!).

So, this week’s Navigator consists of news that has influenced our BIO ‘tactical’ plan.

If you are heading to BIO, let’s get together!

Warm Regards,

Kristin Eilenberg
Founder and CEO
Lodestone Logic

News In The News
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More than 15K life science and health care (from 65 countries) will attend the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia next week.  Billed as the largest global even for the biotech industry, #BIO2015 is being held in Philadelphia on June 15 – 18.  Below are a few of the hot topics this year.

Digital Health/Medicine: Dr. Eric Topol will keynote on digital tools currently being explored as a means of transforming clinical trial management and patient care.  The Digital Health Track will offer a forum for exploring the intersection of digital health, biotech and pharma. Pressing issues in the field include whether the rise in digital health (i.e. smartphone applications, wearable devices) is actually improving outcomes and if so, which avenues are the most effective. Also on the horizon, is the reconciliation of federalita oversight and continuing market growth.  These issues are sure to shape the future of digital health, an industry that has revolutionized the healthcare experience and shows no signs of slowing.

Precision Medicine: NIH Director Dr. Fancis Collins will break down the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), which aims to exploit molecular and technological advances to characterize unique patient and disease signatures in order to better “anticipate, prevent, and treat” disease. In the short-term, the initiative will focus on precision-oncology. While great strides are being made toward mapping the biological profiles of patients and disease states, personalized medicine has not yet met its clinical potential. Much is needed to optimize the translational applications of customizable medicine to make quality care more accessible and affordable.  Some proposed strategies include strengthening health-data infrastructure to keep up with the growing influx of individualized patient data.

Biotech Advances: This year, attendees will hear about recent advances in gene-editing technologies including the creation of a CRISPR gene drive which can be used to rapidly propagate a genetic modification and the first reported use of the gene-editing technology in human embryos. There are still some challenges to address before the potential of gene-editing technology is fully realized in the clinic. These include addressing potential off-target effects which could compromise patient safety.

Nanomedicine should also provide another hot-topic as nanoparticles are increasingly being developed for medical imaging and targeted drug delivery. Though nanomedicine could drastically improve drug efficacy and patient safety, the toxicity of nanomaterials is still actively being investigated.

Next-generation Monoclonal Antibodies (NGAs) account for about half of the pharmaceutical industry’s oncology pipeline, attendees at BIO can expect to hear the latest in lead-stage candidates and biotech-pharma partnerships developing NGA oncology. Increasing antibody technology and optimization will offer new opportunities for NGAs. Additionally, an increasing number of collaborations, acquisitions and new product launches are some of the latest trends in the market.

From Lodestone Insights a few ” places to be.

3rd Annual Next Generation Sequencing Data Congress 2015: June 15 – 16, 2015

Digital Health Forum & Reception: June 15 – 18, 2015

Biotech Demystified: The Science Behind the Business: September 14-16, 2015

6th Annual International Partnering Conference- BioPharma America: September 15 – 17, 2015

BIOFlorida Conference: October 11 – 13, 2015

11th Annual Quality & Opex in Pharma & Biotech: November 5 -6, 2015

HIMSS 2015

Navigator 63 – HIMSS 2015 – Interoperability – Meaningful Use – New HIT Partnerships

Such a great HIMSS 2015 meeting last week! We learned so much, connected with old and new friends, and really soaked in the fact that healthcare is finally embracing technology and data! We had some fun as well, check out our HIMSS 2015 photos and tweets @keilenberg and @ll_insights. This week’s News highlights a few of the the hot HIT topics during the conference.

Good luck (and, be safe!) to all of our friends going to Interop 2015 next week!

Warm regards,

Kristin Eilenberg
Founder and CEO
Lodestone Logic

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As expected, there was a lot of Health IT news before, during, and after HIMSS 2015 last week. Hot topics include: the IBM Watson Health Care Cloud, new partnerships, interoperability, and meaningful use.

Interoperability:  In response to the outrage generated by certain vendors blocking data exchange and charging high fees for data release, EPIC Systems, Cerner, and AthenaHealth have at least temporarily suspended fees for information exchange.  To date, the Federal Government has invested $28 billion to promote health IT in hospitals and practices.  The ONC is working with the FTC to address information blocking.

During the closing keynote at HIMSS 2015, National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., called for public and private sectors to work together on interoperability so that “Together, we can achieve our vision. We are in reach of every American having access to their health records, when and where it matters.”

Meaningful Use: The significant easing of meaningful use requirements proposed by the feds just prior to HIMSS was hotly contested by some at the conference.  The proposed rule reduces the required number of patients that actually access their records from 5% to just 1 patient.  Patient advocates are now calling for a ‘day of action’ or #DataIndependenceDay in which patients request their health records from all of their healthcare providers.


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Mapping Connection and Content Opportunities