Need a good work-related excuse to escape the punishingly cold temperatures and snows of winter for somewhere warmer and brighter? You can’t do much better than the 2014 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition
in Orlando, Fla.
The annual conference unfolds on February 23 through the 27 at the Orange County Convention Center. Besides taking place near one of the world’s premier vacation destinations – side trip to Walt Disney World, anyone? – the conference is, in fact, a world unto itself: a world of healthcare technology, networking and educational sessions well-worth the visit.
Interested in bringing back some new tokens of wisdom to the rest of your team? Here is just a sampling of some of the sessions you should consider attending:
ICD-10 - Optimizing the Use of Technology When Resources are Limited
Feb. 24 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET | Room 311E
Executives from Catholic Health East describe how, with limited resources, the organization optimized the use of technology in transitioning to ICD-10. The session focuses on technologies and processes the facility employed, illustrating the value and results realized by CHE and evaluating options for other organizations.
University of California Davis Health System - Journey to the Enterprise Davies Award
Feb. 25 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET | Room 330D
UC Davis Health System executives describe the UCDHS approach to leveraging electronic health records to improve sepsis mortality rates and the steps they took to achieve that goal. This session is part of the HIMSS Davies Award Program.
How Technology Can Enable Care Anywhere, Anytime
Feb. 25 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET | Room 224A
Kaiser Permanente executives describe the Imagining Care Anywhere experience, where care teams are seamlessly integrated to members, not to places; and, personalized health experiences are enabled through technology. They’ll also cover strategies on engaging frontline staff, how technology can support care and health no matter where patients are and how devices can increase patient self-care and home diagnostics.
Collaborative Payer Innovations Driving ROI in Value-Based Care
Feb. 26 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET | Room 303A
This session consists of a roundtable discussion on value-based initiatives taking hold among health systems and provider groups, with a focus on accountable care organizations: their key characteristics and the processes necessary to launch accountable care initiatives, leverage key technologies, engage physicians and manage population health.
Two on-demand online courses are also on our list:
Don't Panic! Surviving a Meaningful Use Audit
On Demand OD10
Amy W. Thorpe, MBA, FHIMSS, PMP, describes the types of potential audits being conducted under the EHR Incentive Program and analyzes the types of information likely to be requested as part of an audit.
HIE 2.0: Collaboration, Competition or Both?
On Demand OD4
Get the “best of both worlds" strategies on developing a relationship within private and public HIE partnerships. Learn about the value strategy for public HIO participation for healthcare organizations with their own private HIE; using interoperability standards to make dual participation seamless to clinical users; and data sharing’s impact on data ownership.
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. We’ll also be on hand at HIMSS14, so make plans to stop by and visit us at booth #5551 to discover how advanced interoperability and enterprise imaging can help your practice or department reduce costs while preparing for regulatory change. We’d love to see you!
What sessions are you planning to attend this year?