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Four takeaways from HIMSS17

March 2, 2017

Jerry Rankin, Strategy Director, Healthcare Interoperability

If you stopped by the Infor booth last week at HIMSS, thanks so much for visiting. If we didn’t have a chance to talk, I thought I’d share my thoughts on what stood out for me after this year’s event. Here are my four takeaways.

  1. A sense of certainty in a climate of political uncertainty. While the new administration in Washington DC was not really present at HIMSS as it is still assembling its healthcare team and announcing specifics of its agenda, there still seemed to be general consensus on major trends.

    • An increased level of consumerism in healthcare.
    • An ongoing shift away from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based reimbursement.
    • A likely reduction in federal support and a riskier, more market based financial environment.

  2. The forecast remains cloudy. Healthcare organizations are rapidly becoming comfortable with deployment in the cloud, which gives us a renewed focus on helping our customers and their legacy systems make that journey over the next several years.
  3. Digital disruption continues. Each day brings yet more innovation from application and device innovators that increase the ability of healthcare organizations to move care out of acute settings and into other potentially more convenient and less expensive settings including, retail, community, and home. Providers have not yet become comfortable with all the data generated from these modalities, but clearly exchanging the right data from mobile, wearable, and patient-generated sources with providers is key to improving healthcare in the next few years.
  4. Time to catch the next wave. The massive wave of EHR implementations moving through the industry in recent years has peaked. Healthcare organizations now need to look at updating other systems, re-focus on operational integration and efficiency, and open a door to a new wave of innovation. This new wave will include integration of data and insight across the clinical and operational divide, and include integration of a broad ecosystem of data generators and data consumers from wearables and in home devices to HDOs, ACOs, payers and AI gorillas.

What were your takeaways from HIMSS17? Please share them here.
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