Health and technology professionals from around the world are migrating to Orlando, Florida, for the 2014 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference. This year the conference takes place February 23 to 27 and is focused on trending topics including clinical & business intelligence, ICD-10, meaningful use, and patient engagement.
The HIMSS conference is known to attract over 30,000 attendees and is frequently a launching point for new technologies and industry trends. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to provide the keynote address Continue reading
To learn more about patient engagement, read the Executive Briefing on our Web site.
Health information technology (IT) is a vital component in ongoing efforts to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. September 16–20, 2013, is National Health IT Week, as recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), as well as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
This week, more than any other time during the year, patients, providers, and healthcare organizations have an opportunity to learn about health IT and become more involved in the future of healthcare.
The ONC has scheduled daily Webinars covering five key topics:
Many National Health IT Week discussions are also taking place on Twitter via Twitter chats. A Twitter chat is a scheduled time when users are encouraged to Tweet about specific topics using a predetermined hashtag (searchable topic marker). Twitter users are encouraged to Tweet throughout the week using the hashtags #NHITWeek and #HealthITWeek. Those not on Twitter can view Twitter chats or monitor discussions taking place on any hashtag using TweetChat.com. Twitter chats already announced include:
- #mHIMSS: September 18, 3 to 4 p.m., ET.
- #HITchicks: September 19, 12 to 1 p.m., ET.
- #HITsm: September 20, 12 to 1 p.m., ET.
Don’t forget – you can also follow ECG on Twitter: @ecgmc.
IT leaders in multispecialty medical groups face a host of unique opportunities and challenges, including navigating government incentive programs and mandates, balancing standardization and customization, and involving physicians in IT decision making.
Nate McCarthy, a Manager in ECG’s Healthcare IT Division, is currently serving as an interim IT director for a growing multispecialty medical group. Nate and I sat down to discuss some of the trends and challenges associated with his current interim position and the role of IT leaders in medical groups around the country. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I was in a meeting with a physician who is part of a hospital-owned medical group. We sat down to discuss how the physicians as a group can become more involved in the information technology decision-making process. The physician came prepared with a list of concerns, and one of the first things he said was, “Our Web site stinks, and we need a mobile app[lication].”
It came as a shock to the medical group administrator present that these issues were among the highest-priority items on the physician’s list. Continue reading