By Gary Palgon, VP Healthcare Solutions, Liaison Healthcare Informatics
Besides being home to both the first (and primary) treatment center for Ebola and the Center for Disease Control, Georgia boasts the most health IT companies of any state, according to Technology Association of Georgia and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. To prove it, over 1200 people have come together at this year’s Health IT Leadership Summit in Atlanta to network and hear about the latest developments in healthcare challenges and technology solutions.
Day one of the summit brought some interesting insights from two dynamic speakers:
Julie Hollberg, CMIO at Emory Healthcare, kicked off the annual summit talking about how Emory Healthcare is tackling Ebola using EMRs and dashboards to record and evaluate information about patients—first in the emergency department and later in the ambulatory setting. In truth, she mentioned that the process is the same one used for other viruses, but the key to success is having access to the right healthcare information to properly screen patients and make proper treatment decisions.
Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth, spoke on the topic of his new book, titled Where Does It Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care. The premise of the book is that healthcare in the U.S. Is inefficient, complex and, all too often, heartless. Jonathan believes that healthcare is ripe for entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. If you’ve ever seen him speak, you know he’s humorous, but also realistic. He poked fun at Gartner’s Magic Quadrant by defining Upper Right Quadrant Syndrome (URQS) as an ailment that causes companies in the top right leadership quadrant to move into a “protect and defend” mode. He contrasted this with the “compete and innovate” mode of start-ups and smaller companies in the bottom left quadrant that, he believes, are driving the disruptive technologies needed by the healthcare industry to improve patient outcomes.
Georgia’s not the only place where health IT is vibrant, but it sure is nice to know that Liaison’s hometown is where many companies are making a big difference, both in the U.S. and globally.
Come check out Georgia health IT and see how we’re making a difference.
Until next time,