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A Physician's Perspective: Meaningful Use of Health Technology

Feb 12 2012   4:17PM GMT

Looking forward to HIMSS 2012 in Las Vegas!

Posted by: DrJosephKim
himss, mhealth, social media

It’s been amazing to see all the growth in the health IT industry over the past few years. The government launched things into motion with the HITECH ACT in 2009. It’s hard to believe that was roughly 3 years ago!

This year, we’re expecting over 35,000 people at the HIMSS conference. As usual, there are different parties and social events almost every night. There will be plenty of sessions focused on EHRs, meaningful use, CPOE, clinical decision support, HIEs, interoperability, and more.

Here are a few other highlights this year:

Consumer adoption of health IT is a newer focus for HIMSS – vocal patient advocates such as Regina Holliday will be speaking at the “Leading from the Future” event on 2/23.  @SeattleMamaDoc mommy blogger & patient health advocate Wendy Swanson will be speaking on social media in healthcare on 2/20.

Mobile health is a major focus at HIMSS12, echoed by the launch of mHIMSS (HIMSS mobile health project) this past Fall.  There are several sessions on mobile health – including one on 2/23 on how mobile health is saving lives in at-risk areas (Haiti, Africa).  Health eVillages is a unique foundation that is equipping clinicians in developing nations with mobile phones preloaded with health resources.

This year, I plan to spend more time focusing around consumer health, social media, and mobile health. We all know that we’re in the midst of an mHealth revolution, but many people don’t fully understand how mobile technology could be used to transform healthcare delivery. As patients and health care professionals embrace digital media and find ways to improve communication and workflow inefficiencies, we’ll find a very different health care landscape in this country (and the rest of the world). I’m particularly interested to see how health care delivery is evolving in other countries given that computer and communication technologies are becoming much more affordable, even in developing countries (emerging markets).

I look forward to seeing you at the HIMSS conference this year!

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