The annual conference of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is in full swing. It’s an incredible group to immerse yourself in for a few days, with tens of thousands of people representing all aspects of the healthcare continuum sharing ideas and bragging about what they’ve accomplished over the past year.
Much of the focus this year is on achieving meaningful use as providers seek to get their share of the ARRA pie.
As a part of this are the parameters for connectivity. Although the rules are not yet finalized, it’s clear that, in the future, providers are going to be required to share data with both patients and one another. I’m focusing primarily on the consumer side of that equation, and I’ve already seen a lot of pieces that, when pulled together, start to demonstrate some interesting eco-system models.
As we look at the eco-system, there are a number of key questions that must be answered in order for the final solution to be both comprehensive and meaningful:
- How does the provider share information with the consumer?
- How do you perform “identity proofing” to ensure you are sharing a patient’s information with them (or a valid proxy)?
- What information will providers share? How quickly will that information be conveyed?
- Where will this information live?
- How do patients share information with their provider?
- How do patients share unstructured information (emails) and structured information (glucose readings)?
- What are the practical and legal implications for how information from a patient is handled?
- Where is the patient-provided information going to be stored?
- How do we support the patient’s self-management of their health/disease?
- How do we support the physician’s workflows and goals?
Over the course of this week, I hope to provide insights into how each of these components may work based on education sessions and my conversations with other vendors. Watch this blog for more information and follow me on Twitter.com/benatgeo and other HIMSS conference attendees using the hashtag #HIMSS10.