Wednesday 19 December 2018
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HIMSS18 Highlights, See What You Missed?

HIMSS18 Highlights, See What You Missed?

You attend, or exhibit at HIMSS to be immersed into the world of Healthcare IT and Healthcare systems.  This years speakers were top-notch!  The topics focused on the latest trends during the conference this year which were AI, Machine Learning, TEFCA, Interoperability, the Patient Experience and Security of data.

HIMSS EHR Association tackles TEFCA

Members of the EHR association met at HIMSS and their findings were that ONC’s TEFCA (Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement needs a lot of work.  Several experts from the top EHR companies have discussed the details of the TEFCA to try to clarify and understand the steps the ONC was trying to implement to improve patient safety and reduced clinical challenges, as well as other hot topics.

Reducing stress on clinicians while improving patient safety

Patients need to be seen as consumers to help improve the patient experience.  EHRA members offered updates on their efforts to improve the user experience of their products and to bolster their ability to prevent medical errors.  Collaboration efforts are tapping clinicians and experts in user-centered design to help develop recommendations and guidelines for designing the parts of the EHR that affect patient safety.

New AI platforms announced focus on fetal monitoring, enterprise imaging

A new AI powered early warning platform for Obstetrics can automatically identify patients in need.  PeriWatch Vigilance augments currently installed fetal monitoring systems, providing a critical layer of patient safety without the hospital having to replace current systems.

Fujifilm Medical Systems continues to expand its AI Research Project into the U.S. market. Fujifilm has designed its AI development efforts to harness the power of AI to enhance its Synapse Enterprise Imaging and Medical Informatics portfolio. Their new system draws upon clinical insights and expertise to bridge AI applications to imaging informatics systems.

Security is being enhanced with Blockchain Technology

TrustedHealth’s TDH tokens are an atomic unit of value for exchange within the TrustedHealth ecosystem and will be issued on the public Ethereum blockchain as ERC20 tokens.  TrustedHealth is completely digitizing and de-centralizing the healthcare process on the blockchain. Focusing on life-threatening or rare diseases, the company seeks to help ensure patients receive the right information for their condition by linking them directly to specialists matching their specific needs. It enables virtual conversations and knowledge sharing while simultaneously gathering Big Data to be used to further research into specific conditions.

The question still stands:  Do the challenges of implementing blockchain outweigh the benefits and ROI?  In the session, “Blockchain 4 Healthcare: Fit for Purpose?” Experts weighed the pros and cons:
“How do you actually guarantee that you know where the data has been throughout its lifetime, and who has touched it?” said Robert Barkovich, CEO of Health Linkages in a session with IEE member Maria Palombini.

“Some of the core principles of blockchain apply to healthcare,” added Tim Mackey, director of the Global Health Policy Institute at UC San Diego. “This immutable distributed ledger can better ensure the resilience and provenance, traceability and management of healthcare data.”

Having a universal cybersecurity framework could be greatly beneficial to the industry, the research team stated. Nearly 58 percent of respondents said their organization utilizes the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, with HITRUST (26.4 percent) and Critical Security Controls (24.7 percent) also in the top three.

Experts at a session expounded:  “Before healthcare cybersecurity can improve, all healthcare organizations need to get on the same page,” researchers explained. “One of the ways to achieve this is through the adoption of a universal security framework. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.”

Are API’s the way to improve Interoperability?  

During one of the many Federal HIT leaders sessions:  Expert debated the interaction of EHRs, and the use of APIs and what it would take for there to be “True Interoperabilty”.  According to Jon White, MD, deputy national coordinator who spoke at great length: “There has been lots of talk on using APIs (application programming interfaces) “without special effort,” a term that originated in the 21st Century Cures Act. He also spoke to the fact that even CMS Administrator Seema Verma (who White says is not your most technically-savant person and will admit as much) is talking about APIs. And what’s even more telling, said White, is that Congress is putting APIs into law. “It comes down to persistent questioning about ‘why can’t I get my data and move it back and forth?’” said White. Shrestha, when asked about open APIs, added, “Yes, they are very important. Any vendor that sells you their ‘wares’ without an API-driven methodology to connect to their wares is shortchanging you.”

HIMSS is the place to get your Healthcare IT on!  Telliant Systems goes every year, whether we exhibit or attend, we always find it a way to get into the latest debate about trends and technology that work and many that do not.



Tracy is responsible for the marketing of Telliant Systems. Always looking for ways to increase Telliant Systems' brand. She loves finding ways to show how software development can make our daily lives better and more productive.

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