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HIMSS 10 Day 2

Posted on March 1, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. 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’ve survived my second day of HIMSS. This is my first time to HIMSS and so I must admit that I’m a bit overwhelmed. Plus, it’s the first time I’ve been to a conference as “media.” I must admit that it’s really nice to be media at HIMSS. You get access to some things that you don’t normally get to access. Plus, the media room with food and internet has been great since I haven’t had time to breathe, let alone eat.

The problem I’ve had is that there just isn’t enough time while I’m there to write too much content. Plus, it gives me no time to really process the content. So, if you want my latest updates about HIMSS, you can find them on my EMR twitter page.

I went to town on Twitter during the CCHIT town hall. It should give you a good flavor for what the town hall was like. I’m sure I’ll take many of those tweets and make it into a post later. Tomorrow watch Twitter during the ONC town hall. That should be another good one. Also, the John Halamka session will probably be another good Twitter time for me.

Otherwise, the big events for me today was the “Meet the Bloggers” panel which was quite interesting. The coolest part was meeting the readers of this blog in person and also some of the bloggers that I’ve read as well. What’s pretty neat is when someone comes up to me and says, I read you. If you think about it, I have very little idea who actually reads what I write. So, it’s neat to see some actual people talk about your work.

I was also quite happy with how the New Media Meetup at the MEDecision party at the Aquarium went. The venue was fantastic, the food was even better and the people there were even better. My only problem was that I wish that we’d had more time. Although, Colbie Callait was on stage so I didn’t want to miss her either. It was a tough challenge to have. I do like partnering like this and it was nice to meet the people behind MEDecision as well. They are working on an industry model for HIE. I have a feeling their quietly going to be entering the HIE space in a big way.

Lots and lots more I could talk about. However, I’m going to go ahead and save those for future posts (likely next week). No need to overwhelm you with posts. We have plenty of time. I will tell you that I got 2 videos today of Evan Steele, CEO of SRSsoft and also Dr. Doug Fridsma from ONC about the NHIN and CONNECT. I wanted to post it tonight, but since the internet was down in my hotel it will have to be tomorrow or the next day. Something to look forward to.

Tomorrow there’s a lot on my agenda. The John Halamka and ONC sessions that I mentioned previously, a couple more EMR vendor interviews and of course another HIMSS New Media meetup from 4-5 at the MModal booth 1157 sponsored by MxSecure. Come win a free iPod touch at the meetup. Man, it’s going to be another full day. At least tomorrow I think I have an hour or so to check out the floor a little bit.

Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS 10

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The interoperability showcase is a really interesting part of HIMSS. They have 80 organizations and vendors that are participating in a wide variety of interoperability scenarios. It’s such a great idea to bring these vendors together to show interoperable EMR.

The problem I have with this concept is that they had the same showcase at HIMSS 09, no? Have we seen any real progress towards interoperability? I guess the question is a bit open for debate, but I can’t say that I’ve seen any huge progress towards interoperability since the last showcase. Is that because there are political and funding issues that are blocking the interoperability from happening?

I guess the point is that the interoperability showcase seems to show that interoperability is possible from a technical standpoint, but it must be something else that’s stopping its success.

Does that mean that we’re focusing on the wrong problem (the technical) when it comes to EMR Interoperability?

Medispan Clinical Expands CDS Offerings by Wolters Kluwer Health

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Since I know I have a number of EMR vendors that read this blog, I know they’ll be interested to learn the news coming out of Wolters Kluwer Health about a new clinical decision support (CDS) offering called Medi-Span Clinical. Here’s a part of the press release announcement:

Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, today unveiled Medi-Span® Clinical, a robust clinical decision support (CDS) platform that delivers the functionality, interoperability and medication-related CDS necessary to advance the practice of evidence-based medicine and to achieve meaningful use of health IT.

From the looks of their website page about Medi-Span Clinical, this looks like it’s the announcement of the features that they have listed nicely as “launching in 2010.”

APIs OFFERING CLINICAL DECISION SUPPORT
SCREENING INFORMATION LAUNCHING IN 2010
Drug Interactions™ API
Route Contraindications™ API
Drug Allergy™ API
Duplicate Therapy™ API
Dose Screening and Drug Orders™ API
Drug Disease Contraindications™ API
Pregnancy, Lactation, Age and Gender™ API

APIs OFFERING CLINICAL DECISION SUPPORT
REFERENCE INFORMATION
Trissel’s IV-CHEK™ API
Integrated MedFacts Module™ API
Integrated Drug Facts and Comparisons™ API
Drug Image and Imprint™ API

That’s quite a robust offering of services that can really benefit an EMR. I tried really hard to get our EMR to implement Medispan since that’s what our pharmacy uses. Unfortunately, they chose to integrate a different drug database mostly because of cost of Medi-Span I believe. We’ll see if they are regretting that after announcements like this.

I know there are a number of interesting API services like this out there. I’d be interested to hear more about EMR vendor and users experiences with the other people in the industry.

One other interesting piece from the press release:

“In addition to unprecedented interoperability, Medi-Span Clinical delivers advanced end-user controls over alerts and warnings that reduce the risk of ‘alert fatigue’ and drive adoption at the point-of-care,” said Subramanian. “By deploying Medi-Span Clinical within their EMRs, providers and vendors alike are able to advance the meaningful use of health IT and provide clinicians with the advanced point-of-care CDS they will actively embrace.”

I think that a third party service offering like this can really help an EMR vendor. It kind of makes sense to have it separated, but tightly integrated through an API. I’m sure it’s all a bit technical for many readers of my blog, but let’s just say it’s a good thing for the EMR industry for these capabilities to continue to improve.

Also, it should help an EMR vendor meet some of the meaningful use guidelines. Although, it does seem a bit gratuitous to use the buzzword meaningful use like this. I wonder if I’ll get any press releases that won’t include that term somewhere.