10 Surprising Finds at the HIMSS16 Conference
Over the course of five days at HIMSS16, several new directions emerged for the healthcare IT industry. The HDM staff gathered its thoughts on the most significant trends from discussions and interviews at the industry’s biggest show. We feel these hold significance for HIT this coming year and beyond.
An interoperability jumpstart from the feds
Federal agencies have been setting out a strategy to achieve interoperability, but the effort got a boost on the first evening of HIMSS, when HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a large private coalition of EHR vendors, healthcare systems and professional organizations promising new efforts to jump-start data sharing. The coalition will make information more accessible to patients, stop information blocking and use standards-based information exchange. It remains to be seen whether federal agencies will be able to enforce compliance with the promises.