This year’s annual HIMSS convention was attended by more than 40,000 people. I feel like I walked past every single one of them.
Major takeaways from the conference included helpful updates on Meaningful Use Stage III by Robert Anthony, deputy director of the quality measurement and health assessment group at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Of particular note is what may be called the consolidation of the three stages as we move toward final adoption in 2018. He termed the changes as “simplification” in which 8 core measures, instead of the current 20, will need to be met.
There were a very large number of new vendors this year. Many addressed security issues in response to last year’s legislation around healthcare security measures. Penetration testing and vulnerability scanning were at the top of the list for vendors to the healthcare community. Protecting against patient identify theft also brought in many new vendors.
Given the ever burgeoning number of systems that healthcare facilities are juggling, it’s also not surprising that many new companies are offering interfacing/integration software services.
Finally, under pinning all the other themes is big data, a lot of the buzz being around decreasing the patient re-admission rate. To bring this around to transcription, the need for big data to improve patient outcomes is why NEMT continues to work with a platform provider who is now in the development phase of extracting discrete data from transcribed documents. Companies need to be able to say yes when they are asked to provide this functionality. The unknown is when that question will start to be asked.