HIMSS13 provider-oriented sessions

Anticipation rings louder with each passing day, as one of healthcare’s preeminent events — the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, to be held in New Orleans March 3-7 — draws nearer.

“I’m looking forward to moving and progressing solutions,” wrote AT&T CMIO Geeta Nayyar, MD, of her aspirations. “Ones that offer better/improved workflow solutions and that are clinically integrated and not stand-alone solutions. Better and more sophisticated solutions that improve instead of hinder clinical care. And ones that harness data and analytics to be meaningful while at the same time keeping an eye toward both physician and patient engagement.”

Denise Hines, MD, CEO of eHealth Services Group, was also most curious about the physician’s experience, citing technological strategy as a paramount consideration going into HIMSS13.

“I look forward to hearing from industry leaders and their predictions on where the health information technology market will go over the next couple of years,” Hines said. “I hope to leave the conference with a clear understanding of the best ways healthcare providers can prepare for the numerous regulatory requirements facing them such as meaningful use, quality reporting, ICD-10, and HIPAA. I hope to gain an understanding of the resources available for physician practices to help meet the requirements for technology adoption over the next several years.”

Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, DNP, president and CEO of Advanced Clinical Consultants, LLC, commented: "The biggest challenge I face is efficient, consistent, functionality of an EMR while working in the field. I own a housecall practice in New Orleans and I plan to look at several options to make the EMR more efficient in the field while maintaining HIPAA compliance, mapping apps and teleconferencing/video systems to make housecall medicine more accessible."

Lawson-Baker added that her HIMSS13 focus will be on products geared toward mobile medicine. She will also investigate products that will help manage large volumes of patient data for multiple field healthcare providers.

For all prospective HIMSS-goers similar in their propensity toward the physician vantage — MD or otherwise — below are some conference components specially catered toward providers' interests.

HIMSS/AMDIS Physicians' IT Symposium: Reviewing the Past, Assessing the Present and Planning for the Future [Sunday, March 3]

Flush with expertise regarding every pillar of clinical informatics, from EHRs to meaningful use back to mobility and patient engagement, the Physicians’ IT Symposium will cover it all. Attendees are expected to explore the history of healthcare informatics and how it impacts the present and the future; discuss how meaningful use is affecting quality, safety and efficiency at healthcare organizations; describe the impact of sharing data on the quality of care; and discover the latest innovations for patient engagement, social media and mobile applications.

The sessions comprising the symposium include the following:

  • Welcome and Introductions courtesy of Howard Landa, MD.
  • Electronic Medical Records: Past, Present and Future courtesy of Clement J. McDonald, MD, FACMI.
  • The “Ins and Outs” of Meaningful Use: From Meeting Measures to Inspiring Innovation courtesy of Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD and Leland A. Babitch, MD, MBA.
  • Meaningful Use: The Point is to Learn courtesy of Seth Foldy, MD, MPH, FAAFP.
  • Thinking Outside of the Box: Utilizing Analytics to Improve Outcomes courtesy of George E. Reynolds, MD, MMM, CPHIMS, FAAP and Ari Lightman
  • The Future of Patient Engagement is in the Palm of Your Hand courtesy of Kate Christensen, MD, and Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA.
  • A Blueprint for a Trusted, Productive Healthcare System courtesy of Lawrence L. Weed, MD.

Click here for a symposium brochure.

Physician Community Reception [Sunday, March 3]

Network and mingle with colleagues and contacts following the symposium from 4:30-5:30 p.m. RSVP beforehand here.

ACO Encounter: Physician-Lead Perspective [Sunday, March 3]

Join Michael Griffis, chief information officer for Innovative Practices — a Managed Services Organization that provides leadership and technology support for Arizona Connected Care — for a discussion about the rapid growth of physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) and how such ACOs interact with medium to smaller sized practices.