HIMSS 2015 Highlights

Photo via @MedCityNews

Photo via @MedCityNews

The predominant themes at last week’s annual HIMSS and HX360 conferences, which met in Chicago from April 12-16, 2015, involved care coordination, patient engagement and mobile health solutions.

While it’s difficult to select from among the many educational and innovative presentations and exhibits, five presenters (a regulator, a thought leader, an entrepreneur, an informaticist, and a CIO) displayed products, ideas and messages we found especially engaging. Read on to hear about what you missed at HIMSS:

The Power of FHIR

Russell_LeftwichRussell Leftwich, MD, CMIO for State of Tennessee’s Office of eHealth Initiatives, described the new HL7 standard (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, or FHIR) as “a quantum leap for interoperability and health information exchange, and for the type of seamless interoperability across systems and patients’ mobile devices.”

FHIR is a web technology that enables the representation of data in different systems, including EHRs, as URLs. The technology permits APIs to access, exchange and update data. Currently, proposed regulations for Meaningful Use and EHR certification require that all vendors use public APIs; the FHIR is the primary candidate to develop these APIs.

Using FHIR, mobile apps will be able to retrieve and display patient data from multiple EHRs. “FHIR is mobile-enabled in its nature,” Leftwich says. “It interfaces with Android and iOS.” Final rules of engagement are expected to be published at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

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Stuart Hochron

Stuart Hochron

    Dr. Hochron co-founded and is the Chief Medical Officer of Practice Unite, a mobile solution that improves healthcare communications and provides healthcare systems with a platform for their mobile strategy. His approach to coordinating care using customized, integrated mHealth tools has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, HIMSS Media, the Journal of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, MedCityNews, MedTechBoston, and by American College of Healthcare Executives and the New York eHealth Collaborative. Dr. Hochron’s approaches to mHealth integration are used throughout the care continuum to coordinate acute care, post-discharge care, and to monitor and manage long-term care.Hochron has more than 25 years of experience advising and working with healthcare systems and providers in his roles as a practicing physician and healthcare attorney. He received his MD degree from New York Medical College, and his JD degree from Rutgers Law School. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at UMDNJ-Rutgers medical school.

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