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#HIMSS16: Connect. Learn. Discover. Explore

What if you could transform healthcare in just 5 days? You can. Connect with Perficient at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, and discover cutting-edge health IT solutions and services that are helping to transform the healthcare industry. We would love to share with you real-world customer success stories and talk to you about our business and technology solutions that drive results.

Are you ready to connect, learn, discover and explore? We are. Stop by and see us at Booth #2871. Learn more and to register to win a HIMSS VIP VEGAS EXPERIENCE!

We look forward to connecting with you at HIMSS16 in Vegas.

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VIDEO: Sneak Peek of #HIMSS16 in 39 Seconds

The annual HIMSS conference begins in a month! I am looking forward to connecting in-person with people who are passionate about HIT. I am excited to talk about cutting-edge technologies that are truly impacting care and driving value throughout the organization. While there is a lot going on at HIMSS this year, this video provides a quick look at some of the highlights. If you are attending HIMSS this year make sure you enter for a chance to win Perficient’s HIMSS Vegas VIP Experience Giveaway and please stop by our booth #2871 and introduce yourself.

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Enter to Win a #HIMSS16 VEGAS VIP EXPERIENCE

Enter to Win a HIMSS VEGAS VIP EXPERIENCE

Can you crack the code? If you are attending HIMSS16 this year, February 29-March 4, in Las Vegas, be sure to enter for a chance to win a HIMSS VEGAS VIP EXPERIENCE. Upgrade your Vegas experience with an additional $300 to spend on food, drinks, entertainment and more. Hurry, you must enter by February 22, 2016. Learn more and enter for your chance to win.

Stop by booth #2871 and talk with our Perficient healthcare team about the latest trends and challenges in healthcare and learn more about our healthcare business and technology solutions that drive results.

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#HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassadors Announced

HIMSS SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADORS 2016

HIMSS recently announced their Social Media Ambassadors for 2016 and the list includes some of the brightest and most enjoyable people to interact with on Twitter. Each person on the list brings a unique perspective on how healthcare can, and needs to, transform for patients, providers and consumers.

The HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors for 2016 are:

One of my favorite things about HIMSS is how social the conference is. Follow the HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors to stay updated on everything going on at the conference.

Social Media Ambassadors will be the lens through which you can virtually meet speakers and other health IT influencers, experience some behind-the-scenes action, see what’s new and exciting in the industry and learn some #HIMSS16Hacks from conference veterans – including but not limited to networking, social media tips, footwear and more.

Subscribe to the official HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassador Twitter List and let’s start talking about #HIMSS16.

Learn more about the Social Media Ambassadors in the original post from HIMSS.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Gearing up for #HIMSSANITY 2016

It is hard to believe that #HIMSS16 is just around the corner. There are so many things to look forward to and we have wrapped them into a fun and educational infographic. Looking forward to seeing everyone at HIMSS and connecting with you in-person or online. Perficient will be at booth #2871 – be sure to enter for a chance to win a HIMSS Vegas VIP Experience from Perficient. Learn more hereRead the rest of this post »

Cost Accounting to Improve Care Delivery: #HIMSS15 Session Recap

Cost Accounting to Improve Care Delivery: #HIMSS15 Session RecapI was fortunate to participate in the Health Information Management System Society’s (HIMSS) Annual Conference in Chicago last week. More than 42,000 other healthcare professionals attended the conference this year. I was in awe of how much innovated brain power was under one roof and how far information technology has come within the healthcare industry.

I was able to attend an interesting session with one of my colleagues called, “Reducing the Cost of Care Through Real Time Intelligence,” where Dr. Barry P Chaiken was speaking on how real-time analytics can help provide a true understanding of the cost of delivering care. He stated that the value of healthcare is really a basic equation: Healthcare Value=Quality of Care/Cost of Care and that there needs to be a true investment into the quality of care given the cost. To illustrate his point he provided an analogy to hotel room towels, stating that if you pay for a Motel 6 room, you wouldn’t really think twice about the quality of towels, but if you pay for a room at the Ritz and have Motel 6 quality towels you’d question why this is. Same thing goes for healthcare, if the U.S. has one of the highest per capita spends as a country, why is the quality of care so low compared to other countries – paying for the Ritz Hotel (high cost) but getting Motel 6 towels (outcomes).

He focused on the operations side of things, specifically labor and supplies as a starting point to help reduce costs throughout the healthcare delivery system. The problem – this data is rarely provided real-time. He outlined four steps that were followed by Community Medical Center on their “journey” to achieve real-time, actionable intelligence around operational cost management1:

  • Identify ways to obtain labor and supply cost near real-time
    1. Pilot process to obtain critical data sets
  • Improve data collection by modifying charge capture process
    1. Timeliness and accuracy of supply charge capture
  • Expand data sets – quality indicators, patient satisfaction, care team
    1. Use analytics to identify drivers of quality, satisfaction, care team
    2. Expand use of predictive analytics – impact on cost and quality
  • Develop KPIs through meetings with operational leaders
    1. Plan limited release of initial set of KPI’s
    2. Focus on value to users
    3. Launch mobile application leveraging real-time
    4. Create process for alerts to key manager

Dr. Chaiken was able to present the impacts of implementing the four steps through some solid analytics that were derived from the work. He made a great point on using “little successes” to make such a large journey achievable. He gave an example of how during childhood we would set little goals, such as jumping to the next rung on the monkey bars, rather than being too ambitious and trying to jump two rungs. His point was that over ambitious executives, clinicians and IT staff sometimes set unrealistic expectations when it comes to IT and business/clinical intelligence. More  often than not they fail and failure in healthcare is not something anyone can afford.

It was a great session and it really got me thinking about using some basic clinical and administrative data, not to achieve grandiose outcomes, but more immediate and meaningful outcomes that can truly help us begin to better understand the cost of care in our healthcare systems.

 

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  1. http://files.himss.org/2015Conference/handouts/93.pdf

Video: Healthcare Industry Trends and Challenges from #HIMSS15

More than 42,000 healthcare executives, thought leaders and health IT enthusiasts attended #HIMSS15, last week in Chicago. Several of Perficient’s healthcare experts provided their perspectives on the trends and challenges within the healthcare industry. Check out our Healthcare Industry Trends and Challenges video, a compilation of insights from members of the Perficient team.

 

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#HIMSS15 Recap: 4 Hot Topics That Left McCormick Buzzing

#HIMSS15 Recap: 4 Hot Topics That Left McCormick BuzzingOver 42,000 healthcare IT enthusiasts and thought leaders attended HIMSS15 this year in Chicago. Thousands of others joined form various locations using social media to engage in the conversations. The HIT Super Bowl did not disappoint those in attendance and those joining the social media conversations. The conversations were around several different health IT topics but there were 4 hot topics that were making McCormick buzz.

Interoperability
The HIMSS15 top buzzword was interoperability. Healthcare executives across the industry are focused on technology that streamlines communication and the exchange of data across their systems. The challenge within the healthcare industry is not the lack of information, in fact the amount of information available is overwhelming. The big pain point comes with making the information useful and leveraging it to provide better, more proactive patient care. Integrating disparate data systems has proven to be a hurdle that many healthcare organizations haven’t figured out how to get over.

The 40,000 square foot Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS15 provided visitors the opportunity to watch more than 140 interoperable health IT systems as they followed the patient’s journey across the care continuum. The show also offered over 40 educational sessions focused on interoperability.

mHealth and the Internet of Things (IoT)
The HIMSS conference was full of smartphone apps, wearable technologies and other devices used for connecting and engaging patients. Connected health strategies are used to engage patients outside of the walls of the care setting to help make them more active participants in their care. The HIMSS15 conference featured a Mobile Health Knowledge Center which offered educational sessions on mobile topics such as innovative care delivery, privacy and security and technical requirements. One of the best quotes I heard came from the #HITsm panel discussion. Rasu Shrestha, MD (@RasuShrestha) said “I can’t wait for the distinction between mHealth and just health to disappear. It is all the same.” I couldn’t agree more, we need to get to the point where we are leveraging the best tools and technologies to provide the very best healthcare without the need to distinguish between the two.

BI and Analytics
The amount of information that healthcare organizations have to manage provides another level of complexity to the industry. With the amount of information that flows between interoperable systems, it is not surprising that business intelligence and analytics were a hot topic at HIMSS15. Integrating clinical, financial, operational and claims data to generate a 360-degree patient view provides healthcare organizations with actionable insights. These actionable insights are necessary to provide proactive care for individuals and entire populations. With the ultimate goal of healthcare being to provide high-quality, cost-effective care,  BI and analytics is vital to making this goal a reality. BI and analytics are not only important for individual care but real-time, accurate and insightful data is a big part of population health management.

Patient Privacy and Data Security
Healthcare data breaches are up by 138% and that astonishing number is predicted to continue to rise. No one wants to be the next Anthem, surrounded by lawsuits and huge patient privacy liabilities. The HIMSS15 Cybersecurity Command Center offered educational sessions from industry and government experts as well as product demos and a “capture the flag” game that allowed users to compete for prizes to protect the virtual hospital network. Visitors to the Cybersecurity Command Center were able to take a look at products and services that can assist with training, preparation and response techniques. The healthcare industry continues to balance the need to keep patient data secure and private while also providing this data across the continuum of care for better outcomes.

Another HIMSS has come and gone, but these four topics left McCormick buzzing and will continue to be hot topics for many months (years) to come. I’m already looking forward to HIMSS16 – see you all in Vegas.

 

#HIMSS15: Can Real-Time Intelligence Equal Lower Cost?

shutterstock_111725270I’m learning lots at HIMSS this week. One of the sessions I attended examined how real-time intelligence can reduce the cost of care. At first blush, I thought it would be about real-time “analytics,” but I was incorrect.

What I found was an M.D. talking about actionable cost accounting. Kind of a nice change, I’d say.  Even though he was speaking about a particular vendor solution, it was refreshing to see a clinician discussing this topic.

How do we make cost data real time? Traditional costing applications typically take months to produce results. With episodic focused activity based costing algorithms, it is possible to perform near-time costing calculations.

This presenter suggests that we start with labor because labor costs average 60-70% of the total. Use cases were discussed about labor utilization productivity tracking, supply and RX utilization compliance, time keeping compliance and patient movement coordination.

I wonder how we can actually perform “activity based costing” without also advancing the interoperability landscape in healthcare. Read the rest of this post »

#HIMSS15 Hot Topic: Remote Patient Monitoring and Big Data

shutterstock_170846444I’m learning lots at HIMSS this week about remote patient monitoring. I’m very interested in the subject of harvesting data from patient monitoring devices and mashing it up with structured data about patients. I am awestruck when I consider the possibilities.

“Personal IT” and remote patient monitoring technologies (RPM) are set for incredible growth and uses that we probably can’t even imagine right now.   A recent report by New York City-based ABI Research (RPM) predicts that nearly 100 million wearable devices will ship over the next five years.

“Data has traditionally resided in silos belonging to specific applications delivered primarily by device vendors themselves. New cloud platforms capable of collecting data from a range of vendor devices and sharing it securely with a range of related parties including patients, healthcare providers, and payers will drive adoption and bring more connected devices to market,” Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research, said in a statement.

The popularity of FitBit and Jawbone have created a demand from patients to get the same functionality in medical devices. This has occurred, they say, in the continuous glucose monitoring market and in pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, and ECG monitors*. Read the rest of this post »

#HIMSS15: Managing Population Health with Science, Analytics & QI

main_imageQuality Improvement processes are an essential part of the clinical care continuum. I was a math major in college (way back when) and I “buy-in” to the science around statistical process control charts and statistical methods employed in QI. At the end of the day, in my opinion, science is the basis for improving the process of care whether we utilize rigorous mathematical deviations or we simply employ big data and advanced analytics.

How does that relate to Population Health? I attended a session at HIMSS 2015 that discussed just that. The folks at Texas Children’s Hospital talked about how they are using technology (science) and performance improvement techniques to: Read the rest of this post »

#HIMSS15 Recap: Reaching Healthcare Consumers via Social Media

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Click the image to view more photos from the #hcsmIRL tweet chat and #HIMSS15.

Nearly 100 #HIMSS15 attendees joined Perficient this morning to discuss how healthcare organizations can leverage social media to attract unknown consumers, and improve patient and clinician interaction and overall communication within the clinical setting.

Roundtable moderator Melody Smith Jones, Manager, Connected Health, at Perficient, presented her insights into the topic and pitched seven questions to the audience via the hashtag #hcsmIRL.

“At Perficient, we believe Connected Health can address in-treatment compliances, workflow management and chronic-disease management,” Jones said. “We have seen firsthand how Connected Health can transform healthcare delivery.”

We’ve rounded up some of the highlights from the tweet chat here: Read the rest of this post »