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Healthcare Scene at HIMSS 2012

Posted on February 16, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

As many of you know, I posted my HIMSS 2012 session schedule on EMR and EHR a few weeks back. Sadly, many of those sessions have been taken off my schedule, but a number of really good ones still remain. I just counted 27 other meetings with vendors the week of HIMSS. I think it’s fair to say I’m doing my part to see as many as I can to provide you some really interesting coverage.

Outside of that hectic schedule, you’ll also be able to find me at a number of events (mostly social media related):
Meet the Bloggers Panel – This is happening Wed 2/22 4:00-5:00PM at the HIMSS Social Media Center. This will be a fun panel for me with two people I know quite well and love: Jennifer Dennard and Neil Versel. Plus, Carissa Caramanis O’Brien who I don’t know that well, but look forward to meeting as well. If you like social media or blogging, you’ll enjoy this.

HIMSS Social Media Center Genius Bar – I’ll be there Tuesday, 11:30 am-12:00 pm, Wednesday 10:30 am-11:00 am, and Thursday 11:30 am-12:00 pm at the HIMSS Social Media Center. Stop by and ask any question you want. You can make an appointment for it here.

New Media Meetup at HIMSS Sponsored by simplifyMD – We’re almost out of space for this event so I’ve stopped any major promotion of it. It amazes me the wonderful people on the list. Soon I’ll probably have to change it to a wait list signup once we reach capacity.

I also wanted to point out some of the interesting things that sponsors of EMR and HIPAA are doing at HIMSS. I just asked them for info late, so a number of my advertisers haven’t been able to get me anything yet. If they send me their info, I’ll update the post.

NoMoreClipboard, in collaboration with iMPak Health, will launch and demo a new comprehensive solution for achieving a successful medical home or accountable care organization. This new device, ideal for technology adverse patients, will help health systems and employers improve clinical outcomes, reduce ER visits and hospital readmissions and reduce chronic disease costs. See, feel, touch and participate in product demonstrations conducive to real-world scenarios and enter to win a $500 Best Buy gift card at HIMSS Booth #7902.
Location: Booth #7902

DrFirst is presenting the HIMSS Hero at this year’s event. DrFirst will be doing Chair and foot massages, a Caricature artist turning you into our Superhero, Collapsible water bottles, House Footies (DrFirst branded hospital socks), and Giving away an iPad 2. Stop by to learn more about DrFirst’s shift to an EHR platform company.
Location: Booth #5456

Cerner is excited to expand our presence at HIMSS12. The Cerner booth #476 will provide HIMSS attendees the opportunity to connect with peers, interact with Cerner associates and learn about Cerner solutions. Multiple Cerner clients will be in the booth to offer peer perspectives to physicians in attendance and to present how they are progressing in their journeys toward achieving Meaningful use, high quality measures and greater efficiency. Cerner associates will talk through complete workflow and documentation solutions for interdisciplinary teams, medications management, device connectivity, quality reporting, revenue cycle management and leading-edge services. In addition to the show floor, 15 Cerner clients will present in the general HIMSS educational tracks. Cerner will also participate in the Interoperability Showcase and IDC-10 Knowledge Center, where we will showcase specific solutions in respective areas.
Location: Booth #14542-, 476

GE Healthcare IT delivers workflow solutions for specialists and tools which provide insights for
hospital leadership to enable healthcare systems to run more effectively and efficiently- resulting
in better quality care for more patients at a lower cost. At HIMSS12, we’ll showcase highlights of
our extensive portfolio featuring numerous new product introductions. Now available, Centricity
Patient Portal 13 is a flexible, scalable, customizable portals that extends the provider workflow to
the patient’s home. With a range of easy-to-use self-service tools, Patient Online enhances patient
communications, optimizes staff and provider productivity, and can help strengthen the provider’s
market and competitive position. It helps customers meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 patient and
family engagement criteria and prepare them for expected Stage 2 requirements. Centricity
Perinatal-Connect provides the ability to correlate data from disparate Hospital Information
Systems (HIS) and other sources onto the fetal strip. It enables access to multiple fetal monitoring
strips while allowing documentation in the HIS all at the same time, without obstructing any
clinical information, helping clinicians deliver their best care all while maximizing current hospital
investment in perinatal IT. GE Healthcare IT will also demonstrate planned capabilities of its 50-50 joint venture with Microsoft, Caradigm, launching later this year.
Location: Booth #2635

This year, Practice Fusion has teamed up with Fitbit and our blogger friends Brian Ahier and Don Fluckinger to kick off our contest. Brian and Don will be competing for the most number of steps for a chance to win a charitable donation made by Practice Fusion in their name. HIMSS attendees interested in winning a Fitbit of their own can simply tweet their response to “Why do you want a Fitbit?” using the hashtags #fitbit and #HIMSS12 Unable to attend HIMSS12 but still want to experience the action? Virtual HIMSS12 is for you. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Rowley and Las Vegas hand surgeon, Dr. Andrew Bronstein will be presenting an on-demand session titled Interoperability on the Front Lines: It’s Already Here.
Location: Booth #4074 will exhibit at booth 7707 with its affiliates Billian’s HealthDATA and Porter Research. The HITR team is looking forward to meeting attendees and showing them the benefits a free membership in the community can bring – healthcare IT benchmarking surveys and results, social networking opportunities, and more! Register at the booth to win one of our twice-daily Kindle drawings.
Location: Booth #7707

EHR Scope will be exhibiting in booth 13756. We’ll be doing video interviews for, including some walk-in interviews. At the booth we’ll also be showing other activities of EHR Scope, including, as well as Dragon Medical Spanish, which is now available for Latin America. In addition to the activities at the booth, we’ll have 2 roaming camera crews doing interviews of exhibitors, by appointment only.
Location: Booth #13756

At HIMSS, Amazing Charts is introducing Version 6.2, with the ability to connect with HIEs and PHRs automatically. On signing a note, the patient’s CCD is automatically uploaded to the patient selected PHR or HIE (See Screenshot). In 2011, Amazing Charts received the Best In KLAS Award for #1 EMR for 1-10 Physicians.
Location: Booth #13316

Mitochon is the first FREE ONC-ATCB Certified, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Patient Health Record (PHR) solution for medical professionals. The FREE EHR platform combines Scheduling, Charting, ePrescribing Labs and Collaboration of Care. This year at HIMSS Mitochon has a major announcement taking place on Monday February 20th. Dr. AndreVovan, Founder and Chief Medical Officer for Mitochon stated “all roads are leading to Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)/Integrated Delivery Systems and Mitochon is positioned to enable organizations to reach that destination.” Look for this announcement to learn more about Mitochon’s new offering and check out Mitochon’s Booth #265.
Location: Booth #265

HITR – Health Information Technology Research Hub and Social Network

Posted on November 15, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I imagine that many of you have seen some people talking about HITR around the web. It’s a website backed by the people at Porter Research and Billian’s HealthData. I know that I first saw it a few months ago and wasn’t quite sure I understood what they were trying to do. I couldn’t tell if they were trying to be Sermo, a private healthcare IT social network, or something new. The lack of clear vision for me meant I set it to the side.

While attending AHIMA this year I had the chance to spend quite a bit of time with a number of different people from Billian’s HealthData and Porter Research. We had a great time talking about all sorts of things, but they of course told me that I should look more at their new HITR product. I told them I’d take a look not knowing what to really expect.

A week or so ago, Jennifer Dennard set up a demo of HITR for me. While still a nascent product, I was intrigued how they used their knowledge and experience in healthcare research and embedded it so fully in the product. I guess I could have and should have assumed as much, but I was reasonably impressed with the idea of having a hub for healthcare IT research. I know how much I and other IT people love our data.

One interesting thing about HITR is the give to get model that they’ve set up. Basically they’ve arranged it so you give your feedback on your products to get access to other information and research from your peers. I imagine they’ll be adjusting this model over time, but it kind of reminds me of the open source model where everyone contributes a little bit and everyone benefits from the other people’s efforts.

The real challenge that HITR faces is just making sure they get enough people involved and participating to make the information they collect valuable. Plus, they have to get enough people and the right people on board. I’m not sure how scientific the results will be considering it’s a basically self selected example. I can’t remember if they include qualitative results along with the quantitative, but that could be really helpful even if the results aren’t scientifically correct on the quantitative side.

One other concept that they said they were exploring with HITR is the idea of getting connected with referral sites for a healthcare IT product that you’re considering. I REALLY love this idea. In my e-Book on EMR selection I recommend finding some referral sites and visiting them to get a feel for that EHR software in practice and to talk with a doctor who actually uses that EHR software day in and day out. The problem is that if you ask the EMR company for some referral sites they’ll give you a bias list. I suggest in the book to ask for their entire client list. However, I think using HITR could be another interesting way to find a referral site outside of the EMR vendors’ pre-groomed list.

I asked Jennifer Dennard to send me a list of some of the other benefits of using HITR. This should also give you a decent feel for what they’re working on with HITR.

I’d list the benefits for everyone as:

  • Ability to connect with peers
  • Blogs
  • Groups
  • Discussions
  • Job boards

Benefits to providers that take surveys would include:

  • Ability to gauge how your employees evaluate the systems you’ve put in place at your facilities
  • Ability to see how those same systems are rated by your colleagues at peer institutions
  • Ability to start a more in-depth dialogue with HITR connections about HIT systems you may be considering for your facility, and their experiences with those same systems
  • Ability to influence future HIT product development

Benefits to vendors include:

  • Ability to view how their systems are evaluated by their customers
  • Ability to correspond with providers for product management/development purposes
  • In the near future, vendors will be able to sponsor surveys through HITR to deploy to their chosen audiences – customers, prospects, etc.

If you have a chance to sign up for HITR, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience. Like I said, it’s a new site, but has some interesting possibilities if they execute it right.