HIMSS17: The path towards advanced health IT interoperability

By ITC Oracle Educator
March 27, 2017

This February, we had the pleasure of joining our partners ANCILE solutions as exhibitors at HIMSS, Health IT’s largest educational and networking conference, held at Orlando, Florida. Without a doubt, the conference provided the perfect environment for ideas and discussions; it opened our eyes to new solutions that promise to solve many of the complex healthcare issues we face today through the use of innovative technology.


AI and Cognitive Computing were some of the showstoppers at the event, with IBM’s Watson impressing as always. Cloud and Mobile remain as the platforms to enable digital technology. There were also plenty of Connected Health solutions that promise to improve patient experience

Newer technologies wowed many of the participants, but the burning issue was a topic that’s occupied the limelight for some time now – EHR interoperability. 

Past efforts by the US Government to enable EHR interoperability ensured that EHR implementations and upgrades occupied one of the top slots when it came to budget priorities for most of the healthcare institutions at the conference. Despite the recent uncertain political climate surrounding the industry, IT leaders seemed driven in their efforts to achieve EHR interoperability in order to facilitate better patient care.

However, as the case is for many healthcare networks, implementation has been achieved, but the optimization of interoperability is still a work in progress.

There are four typical targets of EHR optimization:

  • Increased Usability
  • Decreased Alerting
  • Improved Revenue Cycle Management
  • Normalizing Operations.

Clinical informaticists and learning officers can leverage a number of tactics to use in their optimization efforts. We have compiled a list of key concepts and recommendations to take you from post-implementation to a tailored fit for your staff.

Download our “Getting It Right(er)” eBook to learn the tactics for success in the EHR optimization era.

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Remember: EHR is the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in health IT, with more software and technology to come. Building strong processes and experience during your EHR optimization project will help you to prepare and manage future health IT projects.

Visit our www.OptimizeHealthIT.com website for more helpful resources and tips and strategies to power your EHR optimization effort.

Written by ITC Oracle Educator