Last Spring, after attending an Institute of Medicine meeting on Childhood Obesity, I wrote about fronts and Heroes in the Health Attention War. Arguing that…
This year’s HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition saw Karen DeSalvo, the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, take the stage and it was clear we are entering a new era under her leadership. She recognizes that we are at a pivot point in the history of health IT and sees the need for everyone to take a breath and possibly find some better ways to reach some of our goals. Brian Ahier discusses his first impressions and shares a comprehensive, one-on-one video interview he conducted at the conference.
Nurse author Jennifer Thew discusses educational sessions at HIMSS14 of high importance and interest to nurses. She says, ‘Because IT can be a process driver, it’s a chance to work with other nurse leaders and executives to develop and nurture new and efficient patient care workflows. It’s also an opportunity to make the bedside nurses’ jobs more efficient by developing a process and selecting a product to allow them to spend more time with the patient at the bedside.’
Nurses: What were your thoughts about these sessions, and others?
Jon Mertz describes the current state of health data interoperability, including the following four imperatives to health information exchange:
-We need to remove technical, political, and health standards barriers to data exchanges.
-We need vendors to work together more collaboratively.
-We need a community of care providers to work more collaboratively together.
-We need to think outside our system boxes and better equip patients and providers to exchange data in a meaningful, secure, and real-time way.
“We are again at a time of great change. The doctors of medicine long have been revered like priests of old; scribes copied their words…
The benefits of sharing this data are just too great to be ignored on both a personal and population level, and people now approve of sharing medical data to improve care by an overwhelming majority.We have a unique opportunity to drive the Social Conquest of Medicine, to work together to solve big problems–the key will be to find the right middle line between transparency and privacy. Based on exploring the 23andMe case, here’s what author Leonard Kish thinks we can do.
Sometimes you learn things in unexpected places. You may gain great wisdom just by heating up your food in the lunch room – at least…
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) held it’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2014. This marked the…
One of the world’s largest health IT conference kicks off at the end of this month, February 23-27, and this year promises to be every bit as enormous. With so many areas to explore, HIMSS can be rather overwhelming for an unprepared attendee. Shane Damico interviewed Cari McLean from HIMSS and Jennifer Dennard from Billian Inc. to provide their advice for first-time conference-goers.