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Live Updates – HIMSS 2018

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Thursday, March 8, 2:30PM – 3:30PM PST: Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Better Health Outcomes with Ridesharing

Even though social determinants have become a hot topic in healthcare, we fail to realize that over 3.5 million people miss out on critical care procedures because of their socio-economic status. The discussion would focus on saving the  $6 billion U.S. healthcare space loses out on non-emergency medical transportations. Explore the best practices adopted by Ascension to drive up the patient satisfaction by reducing the missed appointments and no-shows. Dive deep into the insights shedding light on why any patient misses out on crucial medical procedures and the role of active customer support in driving this programs.

Thursday, March 8, 1:30PM – 2:30PM PST: OFFICE OF CONNECTED CARE/TELEHEALTH

Improving veterans’ health is one of the agendas being discussed at HIMSS18. As everyone pays tribute to the veterans of our country, empowering the veterans health affairs is one of the most important discussions at HIMSS. The talks will be around improving the quality and access to care for the veterans. With an overview of Veteran Affairs Telehealth and current projects, as well as national VA telehealth targets and planned activities, the session will also highlight VA Video Connect at home or by using any device (e.g., laptop, tablet, smartphone, desktop with webcam) -VA Mobile Program: As the attendees discuss the success of the ongoing programs, the focus will be on streamlining the care continuum for veterans through innovative use of the technology.



Thursday, March 8, 12:30PM – 1:30PM PST: Women Accelerating Innovation in Healthcare

It is the most apt occasion to be listening to the greatest women in healthcare on International Women’s Day. Women leaders in strategy and solutions for accelerating digital transformation and interoperability across the healthcare spectrum have shown the industry just how great their contribution is in improving the experience of patients and clinicians.

Thursday, March 8, 11:30AM – 12:30PM PST: Document-based Exchange via CCDA

What is the significance of documentation-based exchange via CCDA? What especially, is the purpose of individual document types specified in CCDA? At HIMSS 2018, we are expanding our horizons and trying to answer the most pertinent questions in healthcare. Once healthcare is well prepared to tap the full potential of document-based exchange to convey a more meaningful patient story, we can truly be on our way to achieving value in care.

Thursday, March 8, 10:00AM – 11:00AM PST: Role of Telemedicine in Providing Care to Astronauts

We never got a chance to reflect so deeply upon medical care for the astronauts in space until today! What a great session at HIMSS18, where we discuss the availability of medical care for astronauts and other crew members in space. Particularly interesting is the examination of telemedicine and its use in outer space as well as the possible future applications in other explorations.

Thursday, March 8, 9:30AM – 10:30AM PST: Bridging the Digital Gaps with Learning in Healthcare

Gaining the most useful insights on sharing data and information across diverse stakeholders, at the last day of the Interoperability Showcase this HIMSS. The efforts of the Learning Health Community to mobilize and empower stakeholders is soon to gain grounds in healthcare. We must not hold on any longer to have more and more people from the industry coming forward and transforming healthcare for the better.



Wednesday, March 7, 3:30PM – 4:30PM PST: Public Health Reporting with Maximized EHR Data

The healthcare space is loaded with data and there is nothing we can’t do if we come together to make maximum use of all we have. How can all the data stored in EHRs be fully utilized to support public health reporting? To what extent can standardized data exchange help in achieving this aim? Answering these and many such questions during the session is Nedra Garrett Sr. Advisor for Informatics – Ctr for Surveillance, Epidemiology & Lab Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wednesday, March 7, 2:30PM – 3:30PM PST: Improving Immunization Rates to Enable Healthier Populations

The immunization rates are directly linked to better health outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, and higher clinician productivity. The third day of HIMSS has organized an informative session on the same to advocate the Immunization Integration Program (IIP). If you are not a part of this, then you are surely missing out. Improving immunization rates is the need of the hour and sitting here, listening to these eminent speakers, makes you realize its urgency.



Wednesday, March 7, 1:30PM – 2:30PM PST: HL7 & IHE: Building an Interoperable Healthcare Together

Great to see how the Interoperability Showcase is the best venue to be among the best company and witness learning sessions on one of the most hot topics in healthcare. Two of the most prominent organizations in healthcare, HL7 and IHE, are working together to strengthen the mission of 100% interoperability across the globe. The dialogue that’s happening right now concerns the entire healthcare industry and it is wonderful to see such active participation from everyone present.

Wednesday, March 7, 12:30PM – 1:30PM PST: ONC and the Interoperability Policy

So far, multiple discussions this HIMSS have been had on interoperability. In this particular session, Steve Posnack, ONC’s Director of Standards and Technology, shares the hard work and efforts put in by the organization towards enhancing interoperability and advocating health IT standards. An interoperable healthcare world has been a longstanding dream and ONC’s grand plans to take the initiative further has the audience paying rapt attention.



Wednesday, March 7, 11:30AM – 12:30PM PST: Looking at Interoperability from the Provider-Payer Lens

How can interoperability be promoted across the value-based care stakeholders? Well, it is as easy as one-two-three! To enable true interoperability, healthcare needs 1) common standards 2) common implementation guides, and 3) common reference implementation. If these measures are undertaken on a national scale, can you imagine how streamlined healthcare will become in the coming years?

Wednesday, March 7, 10:00AM – 11:00AM PST: Cloud and AI in Healthcare is the Future

Two forms of technologies that can do healthcare a great deal of good are highly underutilized as of today. In a very enlightening session, we are gaining new insights on the utility of Cloud the AI in healthcare. Accelerating healthcare with a cloud-first and AI-first vision must be taken up on a bigger scale to improve patient engagement and quality of care.

Wednesday, March 7 8:30AM – 9:30AM PST: Digital Health Innovation Across the Globe

Innovation has to be a center of industries that want to make progress. Therefore, healthcare needs to nurture a culture of innovation along with technologies that empower the care community and improve overall efficiencies. It feels great to be among such distinguished personalities of healthcare and learn about the processes, technologies, and strategies that are critical to innovation.



Tuesday, March 6, 5:30PM – 6:30PM PST: In Candid Conversation with the ONC National Coordinator

Dr. Donald Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health IT, has got everyone engaged as he transports us to two years ago when the 21st Century Cures Act was passed and back to the present day to ponder on the impact it has had on the lives of all Americans. The question about the future of health IT is one that intrigues almost everyone connected to the healthcare space and Dr. Rucker’s profound insights on the same begs our focus towards improving the condition of interoperability and usability in our system.

Tuesday, March 6, 4:00PM – 5:00PM PST: Leveraging Information and Technology to Minimize Health’s Economic Challenges by HIMSS CEO

It is highly unlikely that healthcare’s economic challenges and demands are going to show any signs of reducing and easing the pressure on providers, who despite all this continue to deliver services while maintaining the quality of care. Hal Wolf III, President and CEO of HIMSS, here tells us that the health community needs to get on its toes and find out where and how to innovate, invest and implement impactful technologies in order to cope with the economic crises that may be heading towards healthcare in the coming decades!



Tuesday, March 6 2:30PM to 3:30PM PST: The Changing Role and Priorities of the CIO

So good to be hearing healthcare leaders elaborating on the changing role of CIOs in the ever-evolving healthcare ecosystem. Grab your seats, if you haven’t already, to not miss this great session that informs about collaborative partnership model as well as the challenges faced by the administration in delivering true value-based care. While discussing the overall challenges and strategies CIOs can take up to further the goals of VBC, we also learn a great deal about the significance of data in driving healthcare efficiencies, a phenomenon that is so very forthcoming in our healthcare space.

Tuesday, March 6, 12:30PM – 1:30PM PST: All You Need to Know About EHRs and Interoperability

The IoT revolution has finally arrived in healthcare! What an interesting session to learn more about the latest guidelines for implementing HL7 FHIR. Drop whatever you are doing and head straight to the Sands Convention Center Interoperability Showcase for an in-depth knowledge of interoperability in healthcare.



Tuesday, March 6, 11:30AM – 12:30PM PST: Why Payers and Providers Need to Collaborate For Better Patient Outcomes?

“Collaboration” is the word that everyone seems to be humming as the second day of HIMSS rolls in. The teaming up of payers as providers is crucial for forwarding the quality and cost related goals of healthcare as we are learning in this amazing session by three of the most remarkable speakers. While it is important to advance the quality initiatives by care organizations, it is equally important to keep in mind the privacy and security issues related to patient healthcare data.

Tuesday, March 6, 10:30AM – 11:30AM PST: Interoperability and Information Sharing for Improved Health Outcomes

Learning about the strategic methods healthcare providers can adopt in an ecosystem propelled by data and technology is extremely helpful, not just for the providers, but for everyone concerned with the industry. The second day of HIMSS 2018 brings with it one of the most wonderful sessions that highlights the consequences of a lack of interoperability in healthcare. To quote, “In healthcare, not having access to the big picture isn’t simply a missed opportunity as it is in the business world; it’s a matter of life and death.” The session is a must for all those who want to get a better understanding of the impact of interoperability on patient outcomes and clinician efficiency.



Tuesday, March 6 8:30AM to 9:30AM PST: Information and Technology in Medicare and Medicaid

Putting Patients First” is the mission of CMS and an insightful discussion, by CMS administrator Seema Verma on how the governmental body leverages information and technology for patients in Medicare and Medicaid, is well underway. She goes in depth to talk about the need for patient ownership of healthcare data and also how it’s all connected to interoperability among EHRs in healthcare.

Monday, March 5, 06:00PM PST: Opening Keynote by Eric Schmidt

This is really hard, this is really humbling, and it’s really complicated. But if we all work together, we can really save lives.

Monday, March 5, 3:15PM – 4:15PM PST: Taking healthcare by the storm with innovative technologies and what’s next

Innovation and disruptive technologies aren’t just big words! Healthcare is undergoing massive transformation as we sit and discuss the overall issues that plague the industry today. Be part of the session which begins at 3:15 pm at the Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center – Murano 3304 in Las Vegas to learn about the sustainability of a changing business model to accelerate the population health movement, the role of health IT enabling innovative care delivery models, and why population health needs the understanding and optimization of a personalized longitudinal plan inclusive of clinical, behavioral, socioeconomic, and other factors.



Monday, March 5, 2:00PM – 3:00PM PST: Transforming healthcare by combining precision medicine and population health

What is your stand on converging precision medicine and population health to further the goals of a holistic healthcare model? This year, at HIMSS we explore how it is for the benefit on all when precision medicine and pop health come together. Learn about the various opportunities that can be realized when precision medicine integrates with the clinical workflow as well as the financial implications of the same.

Monday, March 5, 12:45PM – 1:45PM PST: Opting for data integration to solve the most complex challenges in healthcare

Data integration has come to hold an integral place in the US healthcare system today. Attend the particular session that begins at 12:45 pm at the Venetian Convention Center – Lando 4302 in Las Vegas to learn about the classification of data sources required to provide coordinated care. Moreover, the session throws light on evaluating new approaches to improving interoperability between stakeholders and describing the challenges in workflow integration for providers and payers when supported by an interoperable system.



Monday, March 5, 10:45AM – 11:45AM PST: Overcoming the traps of reporting quality

Laying focus on reporting of quality measures is critical in the value-based healthcare system. That is why HIMSS this year is conducting separate sessions on ‘What You Must Know’ as part of the Compliance Symposium: Mastering Compliance. Make sure you attend this hour-long enthralling session to help you define and defend areas within your own care venues that are at risk for quality reporting compliance issues, develop a team approach to managing the risks, and identify key areas of clinical documentation integrity to facilitate excellence in coding, billing, and quality reporting.

Monday, March 5, 9:30AM – 10:30AM PST: Looping patients into the decision-making process

As part of the Coordinated and Connected Care Symposium: Tackling the Challenge of Connected and Coordinated Care, HIMSS this year is hosting a session on the importance of shared decision-making among providers, patients, and extended care teams. It answers critical questions like – What is the need to create a culture of shared decision-making? Why is involving the patients in the decision-making process key for successful engagement? Furthermore, the session discusses topics such as ‘Person Centric eLongitudinal Care’ and ‘Alternative Payment Models’ at length.



Monday, March 5, 8:15AM – 9:15AM PST: Intensifying patient engagement under APMs

The shift from a pay-for-service to a pay-for-value reimbursement structure brought tremendous changes to the US healthcare system that’s still reeling from the sudden transformation. Under the relatively new Alternative Payment Models, what becomes of the patient engagement strategies that care organizations may or may not have put into effect? Find out what are the best practices to adopt for increasing patient satisfaction in specifically APM-based healthcare at the Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Delfino 4002 from 8:15 am onwards today.

Monday, March 5 – Connecting Healthcare to Power Care Delivery

Increased focus on enhancing the patient experience:

HIMSS this year is kicking off with one of its many agendas to strengthen patient engagement & experience. With patient engagement and experience gaining ground in the healthcare space, it will be interesting to watch knowledgeable sessions on the same at the Wynn Convention Center, Petrus in Las Vegas from 8 am onwards today.

There’s surely a lot be explored at the Patient Engagement & Experience Summit where you get to explore and develop solid patient engagement strategies and framework, learn and leverage best practices and technologies, and network with the healthcare community that’s facing similar engagement challenges.


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Abhinav Shashank

Abhinav Shashank

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder - Innovaccer.

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