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HIMSS14: Health IT's Next Boom Cycle
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Mark Braunstein
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3/7/2014 | 3:10:32 PM
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Sometimes it's best to stand back and reflect/learn more before you speak or write.  The last part of my HIMSS posting is an example of that.  Thankfully, Richard Scarfo, VP of Events and Director of the HIMSS mHealth Summit, read my post and contacted me after the conference.   The Startup Showcase I criticized was the idea of his team at HIMSS.  In the past HIMSS regularly featured startups at the mHealth Summit. Richard now runs the Venture+ forum at HIMSS on Sunday which has taken place for the past 7 years.  The growth of the Venture+ Forum (spurred by the obvious growth in HIT entrepreneurial activity in the past few years) led to the idea of showcasing startups on the floor of the big HIMSS meeting this year for the first time.  Given the demand (1,300 companies exhibited) an ideal space just wasn't available so HIMSS did the best it could.  Despite that, the startups report good success and HIMSS plans something larger and more prominent next year.


I appreciate Richard reaching out and educating me and I promise to think twice next time!
Mark Braunstein
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3/3/2014 | 4:50:57 PM
Re: View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G
Marilyn,

In one sense it's a bit early to be sure but two of the strong HIT themes I notds for HIMSS'14 were population health and patient engagement.  I found vendors of systems from traditional EHRs to new analytics platforms all touting their capabilities in these areas.  I believe this is closely related to the prospect of these new financial incentives.


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Marilyn Cohodas
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3/3/2014 | 8:51:25 AM
Re: View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G
Mark, What are specific healthcare systems that you are referring  wrt "financial incentives to outcomes and efficiency" that are a major underpining of the ACA. Is it just ICD-10 or are there others that are equally significant. 
David F. Carr
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2/26/2014 | 9:17:14 AM
API-based Exchange
Mark referenced API-based Exchange, which you can read more about in his previous column: 
Free The Data: APIs Boost Health Information Exchange
Mark Braunstein
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2/26/2014 | 9:07:59 AM
Re: View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G
Marilyn,

Thanks.  I think you need to mentally divide ACA into the patient enrollment part which has gotten so much public attention (and now does seem to be "working") and the part that attempts to change the financial incentives to outcomes and efficiency (Acountable Care).  It's really that latter part that is driving the transformation of health IT.  The private insurers are moving in the same direction. Whatever the media are focusing on, the industry seems to be paying close attention to the IT support it will need to respond to these new incentives.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/26/2014 | 8:28:56 AM
Re: View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G
Thanks for responding Mark. I definitely won't hold you to a date certain. Crystal balls are notoriously inaccurate when it comes to the pace of IT change, healthIT notwithstanding & despite its promise.  But what happened with the ACA last fall put public confidence to an all time low. So it's nice to read about positive developments -- and I'm optimistic that the reality will meets expectation this time....(whenever that is, exactly!)
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2/26/2014 | 1:32:01 AM
Re: View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G

I believe that like every other sector, healthcare industry must also go the technological way by implementing the advanced EHR medical software system to simplify many of the time-consuming & painstaking operational tasks of a medical office.

Medical software

Mark Braunstein
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2/25/2014 | 9:14:38 PM
Re: View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G
Please don't interpret my post as predicting the pace of actual change.  Healthcare has always surprised us by moving more slowly than it should.  My sense is that the pace has picked up but my crystal ball gets very cloudy if you start asking questions that begin with "When"!
RobPreston
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2/25/2014 | 4:15:38 PM
Re: View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G
I've been to a few HIMSS conferences myself, and the energy is electric. It feels a bit like Comdex of yesteryear (try to find a hotel nearby and prepare for the long taxi queues), only on a smaller scal...but with meatier content. CIOs and other IT leaders attend this event. It's not just a bunch of people looking for T-shirts and pens. But it also feels a bit like a bubble. Probably half these vendors won't be around in five years, or they won't be in the healthcare IT business. But most of them are chasing genuine market opportunities. This is no dotcom bubble.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/25/2014 | 2:40:34 PM
View from the Show Floor -- Heath IT G2G
That's great news, especially in the wake of the Obamacare debacle this fall. If interoperability, analytics, population health, and patient engagement tech are making the strides you say they are, I look forward to seeing the result in action in our daily lives. Great artice. Thx.


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