HIMSS Day 5 Buzz: It’s all over – and now the work begins

A simple question (followed by a shameless plug): What will we see from HIMSS culminate in real action the rest of the year? An embrace of secure patient portals? Interoperability policies turned into action? Meaningful progress on providers ready for pay-for-value? Better EMRs? So many discussions at HIMSS. To get a better gauge on what […]

HIMSS16A simple question (followed by a shameless plug): What will we see from HIMSS culminate in real action the rest of the year?

So many discussions at HIMSS. To get a better gauge on what will turn into action in the coming months, MedCity News will focus its weekly MedHeads video podcast on HIMSS.

Join us at 1 pm Eastern today as MedCity News’ Neil Versel talks HIMSS with HIMSS16 attendees Jared Johnson of Ultera Digital; Sean Carroll, CEO of Arcadia Healthcare Solutions; Greg Masters of Health Innovation Media; and Nancy Fabozzi from Frost & Sullivan.

HIMSS16: Everything and nothing?

Great point in HISTalk this morning: there was no theme to HIMSS16.

HIMMS conference news cycles in years past have been driven by industry-wide EHR adoption, then ACOs, then Big Data (as its history of HISsies attests), and I was fully prepared for yet another buzzword to rear its ugly head. While population health management, analytics, cybersecurity, and value-based care have been tossed around, I haven’t gotten a sense that one is more important than the rest to providers walking the exhibit halls. Yes, everyone is talking about interoperability, but as BIDMC CIO John Halamka smartly said in his session with Jonathan Bush, “Interoperability is a bit like porn. I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.”

Other headlines of note

  • HIMSS survey: Providers Are Ready to Embrace Connected Health. – mHealth Intelligence
  • HIMSS 2016 Spotlights Soaring Healthcare Market for MSPs and other channel firms. – MSPMentor
  • How the private sector will drive the future of health IT. – Federal Times
  • Health Insurers in the House at HIMSS ’16 Meet. – Managed Care
  • Science Needed for Personalized Health Tech: Report. – MedPage Today
  • Doctor: Patient portals, mobile apps can improve wellness, boost bottom line. – Healthcare Finance

Winner of best HIMSS16 gimmick goes to…

CDW Healthcare for it’s #HITMeme gambit. If you can get this crowd to meme, then you can do anything (believe me we’ve tried).

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