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

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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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