Now that HIMSS16 is over, we couldn’t help but wonder what our list of Top 50 health IT bloggers said about healthcare’s biggest show. With an optimistic tone resounding throughout our roundup, find out what else these health IT influencers who recapped HIMSS16 say stuck out to them at the annual conference!
Blogging veteran Laurie Orlov examines several surveys that were announced during HIMSS16. From assertions about seniors’ online EHR use to how to solve their wearable fitness tracker adoption issues, Orlov questions the characteristics of the survey respondents and to what degree health IT is benefiting older populations.
Jeff Kaplan, chief strategy officer for ZirMed, contributed a guest blog post about the annual conference, which he believes took on a more optimistic tone than HIMSS15. Keeping to the Vegas theme, he says the industry is “doubling down” on data interoperability, has hit a “blackjack” on data analytics and is “pushing” population health.
From sharing a small-practice view of health IT coming out of HIMSS16 to patient portal proliferation, John Lynn highlights his observations on these topics post-HIMSS16. In addition, he captures interesting #HIMSS16 tweets that also include his commentary. These are compiled into four posts, entitled “#HIMSS16 Twitter Round Up #1, #2, #3 and #4.”
Acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt provides this post focused on the user-centered policy design approach he’s working on to bring value-based care to the everyday physician practice. According to Slavitt, there’s a need for a better understanding of how we provide and receive care today in America where the consumer is more diverse, more mobile and more demanding than ever before. This unfortunately leaves us at a place where — instead of helping them — technology often prevents physicians from providing better patient care.
Data from the 2016 HIMSS Connected Health Survey released during the annual event earlier this month confirms the author’s thoughts on the use of telehealth in our expanding value-based world and how using connected health technologies can bolster the patient-doctor relationship. According to Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, connected health technologies — broadly defined under the “telehealth” umbrella, as she sees the concept — are a strategic resource for taking on financial risk and value-based care.
From the federal initiative on advanced data sharing and interoperability (aka the “Pledge”) to the FHIR cloud to payer-provider convergence and continued discussion about population health, this post highlights the big topics everyone was talking about at HIMSS16. For even more of the blog’s HIMSS16 posts, click here.
Of course HIMSS is going to cover its own event, and the coverage is significant! Dig into posts covering interoperability, Secretary Burwell’s commitments, the newly launched “Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards” program and much, much more.
This post pulls together an assortment of news, announcements, survey results, initiatives launched and top tweets from HIMSS16.
Multiple HIMSS16 posts appear here that cover everything from the “Loch Ness Monsters” of the annual conference (i.e., topics being heavily discussed but almost never seen — interoperability being one example included within the post) to redefining EMR and the need to de-silo health IT.
Christopher Tackett recaps his HIMSS16 observations, focused on listening to attendees and chatting with CMIOs about patient engagement, patient-generated data and mobile device/wearables trends — all of which require security and interoperability. He sums it up by saying the real value of HIMSS is the opportunity for collaboration to improve solutions.
CIO John Halamka, MD writes about his journey to HIMSS16 and what caught his attention — this year’s overarching concept: “Providers and vendors must innovate or die.” He thinks that in the next 24 months we’ll see an accelerating evolution of fee for service into alternative payment models fueled by MACRA and MIPS. He summarizes a few ideas and products to watch that could impact the connected healthcare ecosystem. He’s optimistic about the future and believes tech, vendors and incentives are all aligned for positive change.
What other great blog posts and news highlighting HIMSS16 have you seen? Tweet us @CDW_Healthcare and share! You can see our recap of HIMSS16 here. And check out even more health IT discussions across the full list of 2015 Top 50 blogs.