In this news roundup, Future Healthcare Today shares articles about highlights of the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS19) show, which focused global healthcare topics and featured top thought leaders from across the industry. From artificial intelligence (AI) to digital health and the digital front door next-generation technology that can engage patients in their healthcare journey and deliver better outcomes were the big conversations at this year’s show. Keep reading to learn more.
HIMSS19: Top Takeaways from The Health IT Show
Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication the conference, before, during and after and shared the top five topics from the HIMSS19. Top of the list was that Health and Human Services (HHS), along with CMS and ONC, dropped the long-awaited information blocking rule. The overarching message, according to the publication was that, when it comes to FHIR and open APIs, the tide shifted and the private sector now needs to catch up to the government. They also shared that there was “emerging tech” all over the exhibit floor, including new IoT tools, interoperability technologies, and telemedicine offerings. They also noted that artificial intelligence (AI) gained traction at HIMSS and that there were new blockchain products unveiled as well. Read the article here.
Opening Healthcare’s Digital Front Door Requires Tools and Customer Knowledge
In a pre-HIMSS19 interview with Michele Perry, CEO of Relatient, and Trevor Brown, Vice President of Business Development for Relatient, about the digital front door, Future Healthcare Today learned more about the healthcare IT strategy of digitization. Brown explained that, in the digital age customers have been conditioned to expect quick and easy access, often via mobile platforms, to information and services. “Historically healthcare has not done a great job delivering this kind of experience,” Brown said. “Patients want to know why, in healthcare, it’s so difficult to schedule an appointment, pay a bill online, or even access your own records” he continued. “We need to open the digital front door for patients so that accessing care and delivering a quality experience is easy . . .” Read more about it here.
HIMSS 2019 Promises Healthcare Consumerization, Price Transparency & Interoperability
According to Forbes, “we’re entering a brave new world for healthcare, and the year ahead is going to be an interesting one.” In its HIMSS19 article, the magazine outlined its predictions for healthcare trends, based on conversations held during the conference. Among the trends they outlined is a renewed Focus on Patient Engagement and Digital Health that would allow patients to book appointments online, compare drug prices side-by-side and request prescription refills. They also predict that there will be an increased focus on Price Transparency, which will mean that providers and payers will be asked to provide cost comparisons for different therapies and procedures prior to them taking place. With value-based care initiatives, patients will expect to see where, why and how their money is being spent. Find out the rest of the Forbes’ predictions here.
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