Our VP Marketing Vadim Chernega is currently attending U.S. largest Health IT event of the year - the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition held in Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Bringing together over 40,000 eHealth professionals, executives, clinicians and vendors from around the world, HIMSS16 features more than 300 education programs, keynotes and Health IT thought leader sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops, as well as 1,300+ leading digital health vendors exhibiting on the expo floor.

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Intersog at HIMSS16

As a specialist eHealth software development provider that ranks among Top Health & Wellness App Developers 2016 (according to Clutch), Intersog just couldn't miss such a great opportunity to meet with peers and competitors, introduce our eHealth portfolio and development expertise, stay in the know about the latest Health IT developments and innovations, and explore software development and media partnerships with U.S.-based and international healthcare organizations.

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Intersog at HIMSS16

Here's a brief wrap-up of what Intersog has observed at the event so far:

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted the government failed to solve healthcare data interoperability problem despite $36 billion in incentive money and penalties so far and suggested EHR vendors work out interoperability issues going forward. So, EHR interoperability is slowly moving from a government to an industry focused effort to make health data really work.
  • 99% of U.S. patients are fully satisfied with OpenNotes, a national initiative aiming to give patients access to the visit notes taken by doctors and nurses, while 85% say availability of open notes would be a decisive factor in their future choice of healthcare providers.
  • Connected Health technology is trending in American healthcare now. According to HIMSS social media ambassador Steve Sisco (@ShimCode), we should be expecting a healthcare literacy surge soon. He believes big name companies like Walmart, H&R Block, American Express and others will make a hard push into assisting people to better navigate the complex world of the digital health and improve the population's healthcare literacy and service planning that enable people to get the most out of their healthcare spending.
  • Mapping patient journey prior to selecting technology to enable health data is critical for EHR providers.
  • 95% of healthcare executives familiar with cognitive computing are planning to invest more in cognitive health capabilities, according to IBM Healthcare. On the other hand, 33% of organizations don't yet consider embedding data analytics insights into their business processes to drive broader adoption.
  • According to Accenture Health, doctors and patients don't see eye-to-eye with regards to EHRs: 92% of patients wish they could have full access to their EHRs, while only 18% of physicians share this belief.
  • Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will help U.S. healthcare to move more quickly towards the goal of paying for true value and better care by enabling merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs).
  • Health IT vendors are optimistic about the release of Google's TensorFlow™ and its positive influence on Big Data adoption across the national healthcare. TensorFlow™ is a new open source software library for numerical computation based on data flow graphs. The flexible architecture allows for computation deployment to one or more CPUs or GPUs in a desktop, server or mobile device with a single API.
  • Episode analytics can take population health management to the next innovation level.
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Intersog at HIMSS16

  • Five trends that will re-shape U.S. healthcare, according to Accenture:
    • The Internet of Me: meaningful and convenient individual health experiences
    • Outcome economy: a mix of hardware and business intelligence (BI) to better bridge digital healthcare and the physical world
    • Platform revolution: building ecosystem of Health IT platforms that capture health data from disparate sources like wearables and smart health monitors and connect it to provide caregivers and patients with a a holistic and real-time view of their health conditions
    • Intelligent enterprise: using health analytics and cognitive technology (e.g. deep learning) to teach medical devices and wearables how to recognize, think and respond accordingly.
    • Collaboration at the intersection of humans and healthcare
  • Dell unveiled its new research and tech solution that aims to advance the healthcare industry towards information-driven and patient-centered care. The Dell Medical Review 22 Monitor MR2217 is the newest purpose-built monitor for healthcare that's calibrated to the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) part 14 standard grayscale and allows healthcare professionals to review accurate, consistent images at the point of care.

HIMSS16 is being in full swing now, so come back soon for new highlights and wrap-ups or stay tuned by following Intersog in Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ (#HIMSS16).

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Also, check out what top Health IT influencers said or twitted about during HIMSS16.

Vik is our Brand Journalist and Head of Online Marketing / PR with 11+ years of international experience in IT B2B. He's also a guest blog contributor to business2community, SitePoint, Journal of mHealth, Wearable Valley and other e-zines.

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