Orchard’s New Enterprise-class LIS
Orchard Software spent the last week in February introducing our newest product, Orchard® Sequoia™, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Florida. HIMSS is a global, non-profit organization focused on improvements in safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to better healthcare using advanced Information Technology (IT). As a laboratorian, you may not be familiar with HIMSS as it is an IT-focused conference; however HIMSS is the industry’s largest health IT conference. The turnout for 2014 was an impressive 35,500 attendees with 1,233 exhibitors and more than 300 educational sessions.
HIMSS Opening Keynote: “Creative Destruction” of Healthcare
The opening keynote was given by Mark Bertolini, President and CEO of Aetna. Mr. Bertolini discussed the “creative destruction” of the healthcare business. He explained how broken our healthcare system is and outlined his thoughts about changes that need to take place in order to make improvements. His diagram below demonstrates the difficulties patients face as they try to maneuver through our complicated healthcare system. He says, “…if you’ve ever been in this maze… you will know how difficult it is to figure out how much things cost, where to go for care, how to follow up, where’s the office, how long do I have to wait—and it shouldn’t be this hard.” He touted aligned incentives and a focus on wellness and the care of the chronically ill as key components to reshape healthcare.
Hot Topics: Meaningful Use Stage 2 & Patient Involvement
Among concerns about the steadily approaching dates to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2, there was a clear emphasis on the patient—patient engagement, patient access, and patient experience. This may be of interest to laboratorians in regards to the recent CLIA amendment that allows labs to give patient’s access to their test results. For all aspects of healthcare, it makes sense that involving and educating patients is a move in the right direction and this amendment is a patent sign that legislation is moving in the direction of patient involvement. The concept of creating easier access by connecting patients through IT is clearly gaining traction.
Analytics to Support Patient Outcomes
Another overriding theme at the HIMSS conference was the need to create useful business analytics—identify the sickest patients and proactively engage patients in their healthcare plan. This also holds true for the laboratory, as they are the gatekeepers for a majority of clinical data that can be used to create useful analytics that support positive patient outcomes.
Hilary Clinton: “We are on the Cusp of Extraordinary Changes.”
Hilary Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, gave one of the closing Keynote addresses. Because President Bill Clinton spoke at last year’s HIMSS conference, there was a clever tweet posted (see image) referring to his talk.
Hilary Clinton talked about Meaningful Use as a common sense idea that has spurred an “information technology revolution” leading healthcare in a positive direction. She presented herself as dedicated to making healthcare more innovative and IT-savvy.
— HIMSS (@HIMSS) February 26, 2014
As healthcare changes progress, we will continue to see more innovative IT solutions introduced. Other business industries are able to maximize IT usage; now is the time to embrace these ideas in healthcare, making our healthcare system easier to access and understand and helping patients be more accountable for their personal health plan. Laboratories will play a part in this patient-centered healthcare approach, starting with finding the best way to give patients access to their lab results.
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Kim Futrell, MT (ASCP)
Products Marketing Manager
Orchard Software Corporation
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