A HiMSS16 Primer

by Rasu Shresthra, MD, MBA 

 

rasu_headshot_cmiochatThe annual HIMSS conference is seen as the “Superbowl” of the Health IT industry. The conference brings together over 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world, hungry to learn from one another, with an appetite to connect, collaborate and learn. The conference is seen as an annual pilgrimage for many – a “must attend” event due primarily to the high value that can be attained in a condensed period of time. Whether this is your first HIMSS conference or whether you are a regular, the one hallmark of a successful conference is planning.

 

So let’s chat about what you may expect from #HIMSS16. And let’s together plan to make this a particularly meaningful one.

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HIMSS promises to offer a showcase of cutting-edge health IT products and services, remarkable networking opportunities and world class educational content with an inspiring line up of sessions, talks, keynotes and workshops.

 

And then, there are the announcements and press releases, each trying to one up the other. The news of the demise of Meaningful Use may have been premature. This was sparked by a comment last month at the JP Morgan Conference made by a top CMS official (Andy Slavitt) when he said that “the meaningful use program as it has existed will now effectively be replaced by something better.” Will HIMSS16 attendees be able to get more clarity around what this “something better” really means for them? Or will we come back with an alphabet soup of questions on how MU will be integrated with PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System) and MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act), which in turn will be based on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs)?

 

Will we see large strides in vendors and providers scaling the interoperability mountain? What about patient engagement? Is cloud, analytics or information security going to be top of mind for most? Will there be interesting innovations around wearables, sensors, big data and the IoT?

 

Keynotes are always a big draw at HIMSS. The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell, are both set to deliver keynote speeches at the HIMSS 2016 conference. Super Bowl Winning Quarterback & Five-Time NFL MVP Payton Manning will be coming in fresh off of a real SuperBowl 50 win and will be providing the closing keynote. I wonder if this will be a touchdown of a keynote!

 

Also featured, amongst many other things will be the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, and the HX360 Innovation Pavilion. The Intelligent Health Pavilion is also always a big draw.

 

With all this and more, HIMSS16 promises to be busy. So let’s fire up your favorite Twitter application (TweetDeck, Tweetchat, Tweetchat.io) and let’s get chatting! Here are the topics:

 

T1:  Why are you attending #HIMSS16? What are your priorities for the conference?

T2:  What ONE thing are you most excited about for #HIMSS16?

T3:  Do you fear that we will be blinded by buzzwords? How do you separate the wheat from the chaff?

T4:  Population Health means many things to many people. What does this mean to you?

T5:  What tips do you have for fellow HIMSS attendees?

 

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Rasu Shrestha MD MBAChief Innovation Officer

UPMC & EVP UPMC Enterprises

AMDIS 2015: A Look Back and Peek Forward?

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH

In this non-stop 24/7/365 tsunami of data overload, taking time to look back and see where we’ve been is often a rewarding if not grounding experience.AMDIS15

In June the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) met in the awesome surroundings of Ojai, California to consider their agenda for the year.

AMDIS describes itself as:

..the premier professional organization for physicians interested in and responsible for healthcare information technology.

AMDIS Members are the thought leaders, decision makers and opinion influencers dedicated to advancing the field of Applied Medical Informatics and thereby improving the practice of medicine.

With our symposia, blogs, on-line forum, journal, presentations, sponsored and co-sponsored programs, and networking opportunities, AMDIS truly is the home for the “connected” CMIO.

[Editor’s Note: AMDIS 2016 information and registration page is here.]

Here is a list of and access to symposium presentations from the June gathering, while a twitter transcript of the meeting is available here.

Always ground zero for clinical informatics innovation, best practices and real world experience beyond vendor marketing hype, AMDIS sessions are rich and current. Here are the titles and presenting faculty at the event:

As we continue down the merry path of HealthIT or tech fueled if not enabled accountable care or better yet the holy grail of the triple aim, may we continue to be mindful of the limits of technology to make up for tired if not mis-aligned business models in healthcare delivery today.

Bridging the volume to value gap is a complex task. Enterprises and health systems navigating a mid-flight transformation need operate in a sea of conflicting incentives. As one of our colleagues John Mattison, MD opines on occasion: ‘we get what we incent’.

Today we have toes in the ‘risk water’ via a complex mix and range of government and privately fueled change initiatives mostly codified in drawers of healthcare contracts and/or service agreement ranging from bundled payments to global (PMPM) capitation.

While some health plans or their host integrated delivery systems (IDNs) have been in the value space for quite some time, most remain in a production oriented fee-for-service operating mindset and culture.

Yet as Don Berwick opined some time ago, we’re in an ‘all hands on deck, full court press’ to meet the challenges of the triple aim. Clearly absent the tech central spine enabling many to act as one, we can not get there. So, let’s get on with and get this done!

 

 

 

2nd CMIO Tweetchat

by Luis Saldana, MD

luis saldana headshotOur inaugural #CMIOchat was a great success, and thoroughly engaging with the skillful facilitation of Dr. Nick van Terhyden aka @DrNic1.  I have the distinct pleasure of facilitating the next #CMIOchat this Thursday October 22nd at 7 PM Eastern Time.

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So, the ICD-10 ‘GoLive’ date has come and gone without much ruckus, and the Stage 3 Meaningful Use Final Rules were released with a bit more fanfare, and certainly more to come.  So, how do these events impact the journey to the holy grail destination of interoperability.

I think we have all experienced the challenges associated with the current state of interoperability, or lack thereof, of various systems that support our health system.  We want to delve bit in our next #CMIOchat into this and related topics.  We would love to hear all perspectives on this topic and welcome anyone with interest in exploring and discussing this.

So here are the topics for Thursday evening’s Tweetchat.  I look forward to seeing you there,

Luis @lsaldanamd

T1. What are the challenges we encounter as patients and informaticists in the road to interoperability?  Are you optimistic that we will get to true interoperability?

T2. What would a truly inter-operable, unified patient medical record look like from a functionality, user interface and operational perspective?

T3.  How would such a unified medical record support patient engagement or activation, or facilitate self management of one’s own health?

T4.  How would physicians and other clinicians engage with the data from such a record to enable both personalized medicine and population health?