Atlanta is branded as The Health IT Capital of the US and this year’s Georgia HIMSS Annual Conference represented the entire state well, selling out with more than 500 attendees.
John W. Showalter, MD, MSIS, Chief Health Information Officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Leigh Williams, Administrator, Business Systems, UVA Health System kicked off the day, discussing personality profiles within healthcare as a way to engage physicians to drive quality. Understanding how physicians think can help to engage them whether implementing a new EMR, enrolling them into an ACO, or trying to provide them with more data for research to improve outcomes.
With Meaningful Use on the out and MACRA filling the square in healthcare buzzword bingo, Liz Hansen and Carmen Hughes, both from the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITECH), discussed the impact of this on the medical practice. Given that MU is rolled up with MACRA, they covered the additional pillars for success in meeting Medicare’s requirements. The three key goals for our healthcare system still include Incentives, Care Delivery and Information Sharing.
There were over 15 sessions covering the latest in regulatory updates, successful HIT implementation case studies, and visions of where we want to go (and the paths to get there), all with an eye on improving healthcare outcomes.
I’ll be presenting at the Delaware/New Jersey Regional HIMSS Annual Conference in October, titled “Big Data, Small Hospital.” If you’re in the area, it would be great to meet there.
Are you participating in your local HIMSS meetings?
Until next time,