HIMSS ’17 Updates Regulatory Reluctance & Inspiration from Rometty

News from on the ground at HIMSS 17 is that the current tone coming from the regulatory and policy sessions has been one of  reluctance in discussing potential changes possible my due to the ambiguity  due to new administration”

Ginni Rometty the Opening Keynote speaker also spoke to the audience and was received enthusiastically from the news on the ground folks. Healthcare IT News said that Rometty said that the ‘cognitive era is a profoundly hopeful moment in time’ and also announced solutions for value based care and Watson Health Consulting Services. She also reportedly mentioned projects that was ongoing with the Cleveland Clinic and Memorial Sloan Kettering to advance ‘cognitive computing’ per Healthcare IT  News. 

More from Healthcare Interoperability’s roving reporters on the ground! Thanks all. 

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Central and Southern Ohio HIMSS Chapter #1 at HIMSS ’17

 

As HIMSS 17 starts on Monday, February 20th, the exciting news for the community in the C&S Ohio region is that your chapter was recognized as the #1 Medium Sized Chapter by HIMSS and members of the Board will receive the award at the Gala event on Tuesday 21st of February at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. If you are there, please take a little time to congratulate some of the Board Members who are there and also most importantly, feel proud of being part of a wonderful community and their sense of leadership, collaboration and community involvement.

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, John Boehner, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Ed Rendell, Former Pennsylvania Governer are just a few of the speakers set to speak at the conference.

While I won’t be there myself, I’ll have roving Guest Bloggers that will share their insights and experiences about the events as they unfold at the conference.

For those participating at the conference, enjoy yourselves and for those like me who won’t be there, stay tuned to this blog!

2016 – The year of Disruptive Living

With 2016 behind us, it’s hard to believe we somehow survived this year. Whether we admit it or not, we’re not used to big changes and politics does play an important part of our lives. Whether it’s in that realm or in technology, we are creatures of habit and rarely like our world or ecosystem to change. The biggest challenge I’ve always encountered on a project is change; whether it’s process or technology changes, it’s always a challenge to get people to change and adopt a new way of working. Physicians are particularly challenging to change as they are very set in their ways.

Whether it’s the elections that occurred that seemingly swung the pendulum a different direction than what was in motion for the last 24 years or the endless march of technology like Amazon Go, (which I believe could have applications outside of Retail such as in Healthcare), our lives have been greatly disrupted as we see that the status quo is not acceptable anymore.

I’ve been asked by a few people whether MACRA will get scrapped under the new US administration or whether some of the current other reporting requirements will be changed. Currently the view has been only time will tell as there has been no specific policy that has mentioned anything one way or another. Will much of the work accomplished or investment over the last 5 years be set aside or will we be able to build off that and leverage this paradigm shift for the greater good?

Only time will tell. Whatever it is, there are many people that would like to see 2016 into a distant memory and hope that the new year brings with it better fortunes than the current one has dealt many.

In Memorium: Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia (1956 to 2016)

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”

Are EHR vendors becoming Population Health corporations?

An interesting article surfaced in Healthcare IT News that suggested that executives at some healthcare software vendors want to transform themselves from generically being deemed as an EHR vendor and become a Population Health company like Cerner’s CEO Zane Burke told Healthcare IT News. 

Being able to access data relevant for patient care should be possible regardless of the format it is presently in or whether it is in an EHR,  national database or in pdf format. 
The constraints that “EHRs” are presently may not allow for this functionality  (yet). The article goes on to state that providers are also moving towards precision medicine, accountable care management, chronic care management and value based reimbursement. 
Movement for many on the ground is still in the initial stages and only those provider organizations with deep pockets and the ability to leverage collaborative working relationships with solution vendors can think about moving forward with all of the initiatives mentioned above in a meaningful way.