HIMSS 2011 Asks: What’s Next in Healthcare IT?

Every year, a major theme seems to pop out of the HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. And far after the show ends, it’s that theme that impacts the whole healthcare IT field, from the federal government to community hospitals to vendors.

Before heading into the show, I catch up on what the healthcare IT influencers are saying to get a feel for what that powerful theme could be . And what better way to start than by getting into David Blumenthal’s head?

His most recent blog post on the HealthITBuzz blog covered a lot. But what resonated with me was how it kept coming back to empowering healthcare providers with information. One excerpt stuck out the most:

“In health care, as in so many industries, information plays a vital role. From diagnosis and treatment of an individual, to the allocation of health organization resources, and even real-time response to public health needs, decisions are guided by the available information…Effective patient care takes more than a good doctor—it takes coordination and a critical mass of data. Health IT provides the infrastructure to support those goals at a new level.”

What? “Critical mass of data?” “Available information?” Whatever happened to meaningful use of information?

Reading this, it feels like Dr. Blumenthal took a step back from meaningful use and put his IT hat on. Specifically, he realized that before information can be used to improve patient outcomes, it has to be stored electronically. And it must to work together.

It’s this theme that I think will resonate most at the Orange County Convention Center at this year’s HIMSS. We’ll hear more about it at the Interoperability Showcase, and even more on the show floor, including the Hyland Software HIMSS booth.

I’ll be checking in here with more reflections on this and other topics throughout the show. You can also follow @HylandSoftware on Twitter for timely updates – and maybe some photos of the action at Hyland’s OnBase Bar & Grille at booth #1471.

Her title may say "Public Relations Specialist," but Kaitlin McCready's got her hand in the corporate Web site, social media, marketing writing and media relations, too. From Baldwin-Wallace College, she came to Hyland in March '08 with big ideas for PR and marketing, including this very blog. In her spare time, she enjoys being disappointed by Cleveland sports, spending time with family and friends, and being involved with the PRSA Cleveland chapter, especially the Young PRos committee. Check her out on Twitter (@kaitmccready) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/kaitlinmccready).
Kaitlin McCready

Kaitlin McCready

Her title may say “Public Relations Specialist,” but Kaitlin McCready’s got her hand in the corporate Web site, social media, marketing writing and media relations, too. From Baldwin-Wallace College, she... read more about: Kaitlin McCready