Posted on behalf of Tori Buck, Summit Healthcare, Director of Product Management
HIMSS16 was a great show, it’s always good to see so many people who work within the healthcare industry milling about and networking. Even though most seem slightly relieved that it is the final day of the show as they look forward to travelling back home to rest, you can tell they seem happy to be in their element and discussing all they have seen thus far.
This year, Summit Healthcare is bringing to market some exciting new software with the unveiling of the Summit Exchange Platform, and Provider Alert. We had great opportunities to have informative conversations with many of the attendees regarding these products and how our technology aims to keep pace with the evolving standards and demands of the industry. Everyone we talked with seem genuinely excited about the direction of the technology, and how we can help them achieve their goals for future initiatives including their needs to meet Meaningful Use requirements. Other conversations focused on discussing some of the educational sessions, and how the future of healthcare will be changing rapidly for the next few years. Additionally, we discussed how those changes will allow them to finally achieve many of the goals they have been trying to, but due to limiting technology, were yet unable. This seems to emphasize the number of healthcare problems that are still lacking a solution despite the number of years technology has been around.
During the week, some of our staff had the opportunity to attend sessions on FHIR. The sessions were highly informative and focused on the importance and benefits of the new standards. Many of these standards are already being implemented throughout the industry by vendors leading the charge in change. These are exciting times, where we are able to witness such a rapid shift in technologies that will enable better patient care beyond Meaningful Use. The improvement of data exchange is probably the most exciting by far. Despite the perceived risk of breaking down the barriers to this exchange, the improvements in care, price and overall health that are offered, far outweigh the potential risk. Overall, it’s a great time to be in healthcare where there are so many opportunities to develop on new initiatives that have the potential to make a difference in the quality of life for many communities, and provide the abilities to resolve more challenges.
In a short while we will be boarding planes to travel home with all of the information gained from meetings and conversations aided by the HIMSS gathering. It will be a focused couple of weeks while we digest all we can from the happenings. I look forward to follow-up with many of those I spoke with to see what is next in line for us to tackle with regards to assisting those looking for solutions to their interoperability problems.