I’m liveblogging while attending the HIMSS Virtual Conference, Pursuing Healthcare Transformation Through IT, June 6-7, 2012. With topics ranging from mHealth to HIEs to data security, it’s a great lineup of knowledge sessions open to HIMSS members. View the full agenda.
Online Tech recently hosted our own webinar on FDA Mobile Medical App Regulations, view the video and slides. We will be hosting another webinar on June 19th, free and open to the public, on Healthcare Security Vulnerabilities. Sign up today and submit questions in advance to our speaker!
Speaker: Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia
Using ConnectVirginia, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) initiative as an example, he initially discussed the industry approach to HIEs.
We’ve set HIEs at a higher bar for financial ROI than most other healthcare decisions – instead, the goal should be for HIEs to demonstrate clinical value. HIEs need to be treated as part of standard patient care, and a necessary investment. HIEs also provide valuable data sets for population health analysis and statistics to help inform business decisions and healthcare trends.
The three phases of the health information exchange strategic road map include:
One issue that needs to be addressed is meaningful trust. With a lot of different providers on a lot of different systems, the ability to create a standardized business model that can support all of these systems is challenging. Trust between two providers, as well as trust that the systems they’re using are secure is another challenge, as well as the patient-provider and HIE-HIE trust issues.
Another issue is the scale of the breaches with the advent of electronic systems. If there’s a breach or policy/procedure error, it may be very limited in the paper records world. But with an HIE, half a million PHI records can be left in a car, on a device – breaches have scaled up significantly in size with the advent of electronic record systems.
Technology has the shelf life of a banana – Scott McNealy
The quickly developing technology for HIEs leads Matthews to surmise that the average HIE system may last for 2.5 years at most. We are moving very quickly through cycles of our understanding of the technology and our understanding of what promotes the trust and policy/procedure framework around HIE. It’s important to recognize the challenges that the different generations of HIE creates – while we may invest in an HIE and hope it brings a ROI over the next few years, by that time, we may be in another generation.
Speaker: Bill Fox, JD, MA of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Senior Director of Healthcare
Speaker: Kimberly Little, Director of Market Planning, Identity Management
The state of medical identity theft today:
Consumer Identity Management
Speaker: Adrienne White, MBA BSMT (ASCP)
Why do we want to coordinate care? The lack of coordination drives significant waste in healthcare. Improving access to care, improving technology and the ability to take data and make it actionable are a few ways care coordination can work to benefit patient care.
Care is coordinated and integrated across all elements of complex healthcare community – coordination is enabled by information tecnology including email, portals, EMRs and more. Care coordination is referred to as a neighborhood involving caregiviers, pharmacy care, nurse, workplace, social workers, payers, specialists, home and family, community and more.
What is the process for coordinating care?
Communication needs to occur between healthcare professionals, patients/family; within teams of healthcare professionals and across healthcare teams or settings. Connecting with community resources to reach patients when they’re not in the doctor’s office is also important to improving care.
Creating policies so they’re living documents – never static. This is really the essence of improving patient care.
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