The #HIMSS14 Blog Carnival is managed by the HIMSS team and hosted by #HIMSS14 Social Media Ambassadors. For a collection of all the Carnival Round-Up posts from this year’s event, please visit the HIMSS Blog to find links to the posts from each of the Social Media Ambassadors.
HIMSS14 Blog Carnival: A Personal and Professional Manifesto for Health IT – by Dan Vogt and Clint Davies
Dan and Clint narrate their personal experiences about our healthcare system in two of the most, in my opinion, important phases of our lives: when we are children and when we become elderly.
Both of these generations account for most of where we spend our lives with our physicians in the various care settings.
Both articulate the gaps we have. In some areas we have health IT in place and in others we don’t. It takes a lot of management effort to help coordinate these disparities, and in some cases we are opening gates to errors which could eventually cause harm to the patients.
I’ve had the privilege to work in both healthcare segments and I understand the gaps first hand. Although at this moment I am devoted mostly to the long term and post acute care (LTPAC) segment, a lot of work being done here is helping solve problems in the other segment (pediatrics) as well.
At the end of their post Clint and Dan provide some insights in to the direction we should be heading to achieve the maximum value of Health IT.
HIMSS Asks: What is the Value of Health IT? – by Scott Rupp
This is an interesting read. Scott has aggregated what some industry leaders and vendors think about the value of Health IT.
I was amazed to see that many coincide on the capability of providing relevant data at the point of care. It’s good to see this because last year and before you would here the most bizarre answers to this simple question, yet with many parts to it.
Were witnessing some industry maturity here.
And not one mentioned anything about BIG Bad Data!
Health IT: Adding Value to Health Care For t The Average Joe – by Cincy Munn (Jamie Davis)
Cindy walks us through what it has been to be a patient in the 50s, 80s and where we should be today.
Cindy focuses on the average Joe patient, someone who is overweight, in their late 40s, and suffers from some chronic illnesses, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, that have led to serious heart trouble requiring a by-pass.
Average Joe, in order to be an engaged patient, has to travel long distances while hauling his paper records to get the proper medical care in order to avoid further complications of his conditions.
Health IT would come in extremely handy to Joe since by using main stream technologies he would no longer have to travel and carry his heavy portfolio. By using technologies like Skype or FaceTime and HIEs he can e-visit his providers which have instant access to his health related information.
We are getting there!
The Value of health IT – driving ROI takes a village – by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
I thought I would see very little about BIG Bad data this year but according to Jane some venture capitalists have invested $161 million in both analytics and Big Data. I just hope $160,999.99 are for the analytics component and $1 for BIG Bad Data.
And Jane is right, for Health IT to bring value it’s going to take a village to achieve it.
Coming later today – HIMSS Blog Carnival #2 – Value of Health IT – Part III