DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Top announcements from HIMSS 2018 — Novartis looks into virtual drug trials — Value-based care could hurt small hospitals

Business Insider | 3/12/2018 | Laurie Beaver
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EHR, CLOUD, TELEHEALTH, CYBERSECURITY TAKE CENTER STAGE AT HIMSS 2018: Industry experts converged to discuss ways to implement technology that would help facilitate health data interoperability and accessibility for consumers, payers, and providers during the HIMSS2018 conference in Las Vegas last week. Here’s a look at the key takeaways:

Government - EHRs - Centers - Medicare - Medicaid

The US government is in on EHRs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced several new initiatives for interoperability with the aim of developing a free-flowing healthcare ecosystem. For instance, the CMS unveiled MyHealthEData during the conference, which ensures that patients receive a copy of their entire health record electronically.

Organizations are turning to the cloud to ease data collection and sharing. One of the biggest announcements during the event was Google’s Cloud Healthcare API, which makes it easier for Google Cloud clients to collect, move, and access EHRs. Google’s not alone in its call to leverage the cloud for interoperability, joining a slew of companies, including Cerner and Epic, that recently made similar cloud announcements.

Telehealth - Mainstream - Providers - Telehealth - Service

Telehealth has hit the mainstream. With nearly all providers either already or planning to offer telehealth 2018, the service is ready for mass market. Nevertheless, adoption is still lagging both from consumers and physicians. Much of this comes down to educating these two parties on what telehealth is and can do, Palmetto Health telehealth manager Amelia Bischoff told Healthcare Dive.

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