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The ROI of HIT: Going Digital in a Reformed Health Care System

Health reform, with its new delivery models [Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered Medical Homes] and bundled payment arrangements are disrupting traditional care delivery. With an emphasis on care transitions and coordination, team-based care, health care delivered outside the acute hospital setting, and providers facing stiff financial penalties for quality lapses, the need for an IT infrastructure that seamlessly integrates legacy and newer mobile systems and allows authorized/on-demand access to patient data from multiple locations is mission critical.

• Smart hospital and health system executives will highlight the opportunities and challenges, specific pain points and new solutions they are investing in and watching as they strive to maximize their return on their digital investment and minimize future risk.

• How do hospitals measure the value of HIT?

• How are smart hospitals and ACOs going to be designed for the future? How will they be restructured for new workflows, new technologies, and new care delivery models? As patients get smarter, what are they demanding from themselves and the health care system?

The Next Generation of EHRs/EMRs

The current landscape of EHRs resembles a flat repository for data storage, clinical decision support, and order entry. With new risk sharing relationships forming between hospitals, providers and insurance companies, data must be shared beyond the enterprise. Care coordinator and new workflow tools are essential. The demand for the next generation of EHRs cannot be overstated.

• Challenging the EHR Status Quo

The Health Care Cloud: Data Warehousing

The staggering volume of patient data that hospitals and clinicians must store, file, manage, protect and make accessible within legal and compliance guidelines has attracted many CIOs, CMIOs, and CNIOs to turn to the cloud. As health care information officers consider cloud services for medical data storage, security and privacy concerns are paramount. Further, unlike other sectors, health care providers must be assured that the data be fluid and flexible, enabling providers to share files regardless of their location. Hospitals looking to utilize cloud services must be able to bridge gaps within their existing IT systems and to securely connect wired and wireless assets.

• Radiology and Labs: With over 1 billion archived medical images and an explosion of lab reported data generated everyday, hospitals are challenged as they consider how to scale their data stores.

• Transforming the Life Sciences in the Cloud

• Smart Interfacing/Federating Database Silos: What changes need to be made to IT infrastructure to insure flexibility and seamless information transfer? And to integrate disparate systems and accommodate new enhancements as they come online?

Big Data Analytics: Business Intelligence for Smart Health Care

Big data is big business, especially when it comes to health care. Big data analytics has the potential for hospitals and ACOs to manage risk, insure best practices, benchmark performance and improve patient health while managing costs. How can hospitals better analyze data generated from millions of patient visits across various healthcare settings? How do hospitals and health systems use big data to improve health outcomes, decrease costs and improve quality? What information are CIOs, CMIOs, and CNIOs using to improve patients’ overall care experience while reducing admissions and readmissions? What challenges and opportunities does big data present to life science and health services researchers?

• Genomics: Big Data Gets Personal

• Patient-Centered, Precision Medicine

• Predictive Analytics

• Population Health

• Compliance and Auditing

Patient Engagement & Activation/mHealth for Smart Patients

There’s no doubt about it. Patients are getting smarter, faster and more efficient and they are demanding the same kind of service from their health care team. Aided by easy access to online health information, and new devices that track their health and remind and encourage them to vigorously engage in their care, patients are expecting more from providers. How is HIT and digital, mobile and telehealth going to support the next generation of consumers and caregivers who expect access to information and interactions with providers to be continuous, seamless and electronic?

• Sensing Smart Patients

• mHealth for the Underserved: Seeding a New Market. As hospitals navigate their way into ACO arrangements and enter into new partnerships, they are forging novel networks. Public hospitals and clinics, and their underserved populations (who are fast becoming enormous users of mHealth) represent an important constituency and a new market. Do the math.

• Patient Generated Health Data

• Transparency, PHRs and Hospital Portals

Intelligent Technology, Tools, and Teams for Smart Hospitals and Practices

HIT is revolutionizing modern hospitals and practices, while creating significant market opportunities in the process. Technology alone won’t accomplish the goals of improved patient care, decreased costs, systemic quality improvements, and better population health. That requires people—patients, caregivers, and clinicians. In other words, the team. For the team to succeed, it must be fortified with the technology, the tools and the data.

• What is the role of health insurers in facilitating shared risk arrangements to help better manage care and cost outcomes across the patient care continuum?

• Hospital to Home/Remote Monitoring/Telehealth

• When is a mobile phone a medical device? FDA wants to know.

• How will provisions of the Affordable Care Act help transform the Smart hospital of the future?

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