The HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas has wound up. In the latest issue of Healthcare IT News, Mike Miliard gives us an overview of the hot topics of the week.
Acknowledging that the post-EHR era has fully arrived, he writes, “There was the day-long Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event and the Blockchain Forum, HIMSS VentureConnect and Rockstars of Emerging Healthcare Technology. The Innovation Live showcase in Hall G was populated with leading-edge companies touting AI, augmented reality, biometrics, IoT and much more. And far from theoretical, many of those technologies are already on the minds of leading CIOs.”
Even if you were one of the “nearly 45,000” attendees, you couldn’t have taken it all in. Here’s a good wrap-up overview of the major ideas, innovations and initiatives that are shaping healthcare today.
The technology of telehealth is becoming a shining star among hospital administrators and staff. Digital healthcare tools that enable doctors to assess patient needs, and often provide assistance online, have gained an accelerated momentum in acceptance. [Editor’s note: Just this morning, Kaiser Permanante called me with a fascinating update on their new online telehealth services.]
Taking a bold move to improve healthcare patient outcomes, MintHealth announced the launch of a blockchain-powered personalized health record (PHR). The company will incent patients to actively use its new platform by rewarding healthy behaviors with cryptocurrency tokens that patients can use toward their healthcare costs.
At a recent Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, Hal Wolf III, president and CEO of HIMSS, discussed the need to apply new advanced technologies to the practice of healthcare and emphasized that the real challenge is delivering continual IT-driven changes to the current healthcare culture. “Value the people in the process,” he said. “And remember that culture eats strategy for lunch.”
Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced a plan to reduce drug costs for patients and improve health outcomes by offering prescribers lower-cost alternatives to expensive medications.
The article at EHR Intelligence also includes two additional updates:
* Allscripts integrates new API-enabled patient scheduling solution
* Clinerion adds FHIR data model to its set of EHR format standards
Big data analytics is becoming a powerful platform for predictive modeling, using huge data sets that can show patterns and trends, even predicting future behavior that can help reduce waste and improve provider profitability.
Epic plans to move beyond Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Comprehensive Health Records (CHRs), which will offer doctors an extended range of patient data, including what people eat, how long they sleep, if they are obese or thin, and whether they are lonely — all having a potentially large impact on health.
BABYGlimpse, a new app available on the Helix marketplace, explores over 20 different traits of a couple’s unborn child, including ancestry, physical appearance and wellness-related traits.
Tom Still, writing for Inside Wisconsin, gives us a glimpse at how hospitals, medical professionals, insurers, entrepreneurs and others are actively developing better, more efficient ways to care for patients, in spite of Congress.
This new series of Accenture Consulting articles describe how Artificial Intelligence is positioned to become the greatest cost, time and labor-saving technology to hit healthcare.