5 Takeaways From HIMSS 2015

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Michael F. Arrigo, Managing Partner of No World Borders, Inc. notes there were a number of themes covered at the HIMSS15, including the following:

Value-based care: IBM announced plans to acquire Phytel, a cloud- based provider for population health management, and Explorys, a healthcare intelligence cloud with one of the largest clinical data repositories. Furthermore, investors were also very interested in Inovalon, a cloud analytics company that seeks to improve patient engagement through the gaps in patient care identified through analytics.

mHealth: Patients are more accountable for their personal wellness under the ACA, so there was a lot of talk about wearable solutions. According to the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, 90% of American adults own a mobile device.

Emerging Technologies: HIMSS15 was a great venue for new product launches. One product is DenialsIQ from GE, which analyzes claims to find patterns and determine why a denial occurred.

Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud: Budget has been the main barrier for further implementation of mobile technologies, despite the fact that 54% reported cost savings when technology has a positive effect. Mobile security is also a major concern with HIPAA violations.

Data and process siloes persist: Solutions will need to blend analytic reporting, value—based care, and mobile data presentation. It is all essential that the proper members of the clinical team are engaged to optimize the process.

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