We are fresh off the plane from Chicago and HIMSS15, the world's largest gathering of healthcare IT professionals. This year's conference drew over 45,000 people to the Windy City and proved to demonstrate the state of healthcare technology is at a critical juncture as consumer-driven trends are beginning to impact continuity of care, quality of treatment, and the overall intelligence that providers and related companies are able to obtain through the new connected world. In case you missed the event, here are some key takeaways:
Interoperability is still a monumental hurdle in breaking down walls and promoting continuity of care. Healthcare organizations continue to struggle with integration across a variety of fragmented technologies, organizations, and data types (business vs. clinical). There were several middleware vendors presenting on the topic of integrating business systems with the more regulated and sensitive patient data. These vendors stressed the importance of obtaining connectivity that is stable and well tailored to business systems, while bridging communicating across networks and ecosystems in standards such as HL7 for highly sensitive data. Further, through the Interoperability Showcase, HIMSS was able to demonstrate live, standards-based integration, allowing attendees to envision a world where patient data follows you through a treatment cycle, informing all relevant stakeholders of critical patient information. This also proves to align data to workflows, and abstract IT systems from true course of treatment.
Patient engagement has long surpassed the world of portals and self-service admin. On Sunday, we were proud to take part in the Mobile Health Symposium where healthcare leaders from across the globe gathered to discuss key trends and issues regarding mobility's impact on the industry. Patient engagement was a constant theme, but not in the traditional "build me a mobile app" sense. This year's discussion was focused on engaging the patient through non-application/portal methods. For instance, a presenter from Geisinger Health System talked about relevancy of patient engagement, and the need to send the right information, in the right medium, at the right time. An example: Patient Ann Jones usually takes insulin every 12 hours. Ann logs her blood sugar through a mobile app at each injection, providing real-time updates to her doctor. Unfortunately, Ann was out with friends and lost track of time"¦ By hour 14, Ann had not logged her blood sugar or indicated that she had taken the required dose of insulin. Luckily, her healthcare provider can monitor her activity, and send a text/SMS as a reminder. Moreover, they can send a push notification, email, or automated phone call – configurable to Ann's preference. Now, Ann has the information she needs, at the time she needs it, by the method she prefers.
Data is everywhere – and the pace of innovation will continue to generate data exponentially while challenging current security & privacy standards. With the rise of connected devices and the Internet of Everything (IoE), healthcare providers have an unprecedented opportunity to collect real-time, massive amounts of clinical data. This opportunity is giving rise to a new breed of technology vendor who blends instant connectivity (via API's) with secure data aggregation (and storage) in order to feed industrial strength big data repositories for further analysis, data science, and trigger-based workflow. It was clear this is still a nascent concept, as traditionally the API and data aggregation/storage functions would be offered by a distinct, best-of-breed vendor. Niche vendors would then empower organizations to leverage this data in the forms specified: data science and inference, analytics and reporting, as well as workflow. Several vendors are beginning to blend functionality with the objective of providing a more robust stack to handle the IoE-fueled big data use case. Adding to this complexity: a lack of specific standards to address the way in which connected medical & personal health devices collect and communicate this critical data back to the enterprise data warehouse or system of record. The FDA recently published guidelines to begin to address this challenge, but we are in the early days, and can expect to see meaning changes ahead.
After absorbing the wealth of information at HIMSS15, our team at CloudMine has never been more excited about our platform offering, and the direction we're headed in months to come.
Here's a peek at how CloudMine addresses the challenges facing modern healthcare IT leaders:
- API design and management functionality – allowing you to expose and gather key healthcare-related data, tailoring connectivity to use case
- Data encryption – including both in-transit and at rest (on disk) to ensure security throughout your solution stack
- HIPAA ready – so you can focus on what to do with the data at hand and how to engage your patients in the right way, medium, and time
- Application logic & hosting – enabling you to build rich and performant applications for web, mobile, and connected devices alike
- Systems integration – powered by best-of-breed middleware vendors with packaged integration to leading business and healthcare systems
- Unparalleled scale – through deployment in the cloud, enabling your APIs and applications to handle the "high's and low's" of transactional volumes
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