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!
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In The News
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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.
- EHR App Platform: Cerner has partnered with Geisinger Health System and xG Health Solutions to facilitate the use of software applications across open platform EHRs. The idea is to enable clinicians to access the “pluggable apps” directly within their workflows. The apps can synthesize information from multiple sources into a graphical view with clinical decision support. The first partnership between these three evidenced a 26% increase in productivity due to decreased time for chart review and documentation.
- Watson Health Cloud: IBM announced new relationships with Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic and Apple. Johnson & Johnson is planning the launch of next-generation health and wellness coaching solutions centered on preoperative and postoperative patient care for joint replacement and spine surgeries. The Medtronic partnership is focused on diabetes care. The goal is to develop personalized diabetes management tools. Apple will integrate Watson-based apps into HealthKit and ResearchKit tool systems for developers, which allow the collection of personal health data and the use of such data in clinical trials.
Places To Be
Mapping Connection and Content Opportunities
- eSource Data in Clinical Investigations 2015: 4 – 5 May in Philadelphia, PA.
- Clinical Research Informatics World Conference 2015: 5 – 7 May in Boston, MA.
- iHealth 2015: 28 – 29 May in Boston, MA.
- Health Datapalooza VI: 31 May – 3 June in Washington, DC.
- The Privacy & Security Forum: 30 June – 1 July in Chicago, IL.