HIMSS “Biggest Take-Aways”

I’ve been following a HIMSS thread on this topic.  The common themes include Accountable Care, HIE/Interoperability, Business Intelligence & Data Security.  With regard to the first three the sentiment is that we are on the cusp of breakthroughs.  I would agree – but also feel real progress will come when a new and improved healthcare business model becomes more of a reality.  We ultimately are all motivated to move & share data and analyze & search for inefficiencies when the payment model supports this.  And so I’m supportive of the Affordable Care Act.  There are flaws, but let’s fix them and get more citizens covered with health insurance and improve healthcare delivery.  As far as Data Security, the business model has changed – driven by HITECH enforcement and the Office for Civil Rights.

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