Interoperability Showcase: The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase—at HIMSS13 and other locations worldwide—truly shows interoperability at work. At these demonstrations, attendees will see examples of what's on the horizon and how software, infrastructure and medical devices make standards-based interoperability possible through real-life success stories of how interoperability improves patient care.
HIMSS Innovation Center: Also at HIMSS13, the Interoperability Showcase brings this perspective to attendees with one addition, a kiosk on the HIMSS Innovation Center. HIMSS opens this year-round interoperability demonstration in mid-October as part of the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland.
The innovation center will be divided into two areas: HIMSS Innovation Center, featuring the HIMSS Integrated Ecosystem; and HIMSS Exhibition space with the Healthcare Technology Showcase.
Health professionals and consumers can gather in this space to take part in partially or fully automated technical demonstrations, testing events and exhibitions. Providers of information systems (clinical and business systems), mobile device companies, and patient-care device manufacturers will be able to showcase their system capabilities, collaborate with industry experts and inform policymakers, technology purchasers and health consumers at the HIMSS Innovation Center.
Measuring the value of health IT: Collaboration also demands evaluation—how are those activities of alignment working? The same guideline holds true for the healthcare sector, where I believe the typical economic models are inadequate for assessing return on investment.
- A true measure of return on investment for health IT must include the full spectrum of benefits that can result from a successful IT implementation:
- Improved patient safety
- Improved quality of the care provided
- Improved relationships with patients
- Streamlined internal processes, innovation
- Other qualitative factors
Facilities across the U.S. are working to obtain the highest level of implementation and use of health IT. Each year, HIMSS Davies Award winners are outstanding examples of what communities are working to achieve. The following are only three examples of the transformation that's under way.
- White River Health System, a regional network of multidisciplinary care delivery professionals and facilities serving rural northern and eastern Arkansas.
- Hudson River HealthCare in southern New York provides care for migrant farm workers and operates a network of federally qualified health centers.
- Hawaii Pacific Health, a four-hospital system based in Honolulu, is a September 2012 recipient that has documented a 9% return on investment in the 10 years it has employed an EHR.
Interoperability, return on investment, meaningful use—and more—will be covered at HIMSS13 in New Orleans. I look at this year as one of collaboration, with alignment of efforts, knowledge and expectations from so many stakeholders as we all work to improve healthcare delivery with the best use of IT.
During our days in the Big Easy, look for some of the sessions I've mentioned here, enjoy connecting with familiar and new friends, and enjoy some of the sights of the city. Visit himssconference.org for more information, and I hope to see you at HIMSS13 in the days ahead.
H. Stephen Lieber is president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.