The health IT industry’s big conference, HIMSS, is in Las Vegas this week, and we’re excited to be there to share the capabilities of our new healthcare interoperability solutions. In addition to exhibiting in booth 12332, we’ll share how our solutions help extend the power of Salesforce Health Cloud in a session called Making EHR Integration Easy with Jitterbit from 11:30 a.m.—11:50 a.m. on Thursday, March 3 in Clyde Ballroom, SLS Hotel.
Our solutions for connected clinical workflows are designed to automate manual processes, get the right data into the right systems faster, and improve patient care. We also offer other healthcare application interoperability solutions that securely link healthcare apps and platforms (such as Health Cloud) with the data they need to become more effective. All of our solutions will be available for live demos at booth 12332 throughout HIMSS16.
We all know that HIMSS is a huge event. More than 40,000 people will roam the halls of Sands Expo Convention Center this week, visiting over 1300 exhibiting vendors to learn about their healthcare solution. That itself is a lot to handle, and HIMSS offers various resources to help attendees parse all the data.
But as tough as the flow of people through the HIMSS16 exhibition hall is to manage, the flow of health data through applications is even tougher. A single patient might have hundreds or thousands of related data points, depending on the number of clinic visits, test results, and other elements that have been involved with that patient’s care. When you multiply this by thousands of patients and multiple record-keeping systems per hospital, and thousands of hospitals in the country, the amount of patient data becomes staggering.
And as though that weren’t enough, the number of applications that might handle this data is growing as well. Although there are many major EHR systems, there are also a growing number of small contenders popping up and further diversifying the landscape. Because these niche EHR systems are often designed for a specific use case, they may need to be implemented alongside another EHR system. Mobile apps for fitness tracking, calorie counting, or glucose monitoring are proliferating as well – even though many of these apps can’t access secure patient data from EHR systems.
“We have the ability to do amazing things with our smartphones, but our EMRs are still stuck in the 1990s,” wrote Adam Lokeh, MD, Vice President of Clinical Development & Informatics, Clinical Solutions, at Wolters Kluwer Health, and a specialist in reconstructive, hand, microvascular and aesthetic surgery at Twin Cities Plastic Surgery.
And the limitations of disconnected EHR systems are not only frustrating, they can also be dangerous. Lack of access to the right data can result in issues like adverse drug reactions, which 2.2 million people have in the hospital each year. But patients with EHRs have 17% to 30% lower odds of adverse events. Whether you’re dealing with a hospital, clinic, or mobile app, having access to the right data is incredibly beneficial. And although only 23% of hospitals can currently find, send, receive and use EHR data in the formats they need, those that are able to find greater success: 80% of providers say electronic data exchanges increase efficiency, and 89% say they increase quality of care.
Given the substantial advantages of data interoperability, why hasn’t it happened yet? For the dual reason that it’s difficult (due to the volume and variety of data and systems involved), and that established players have little incentive to open their systems to others.
We have the feeling that this may be the year that interoperability makes a real splash at HIMSS16. We’re excited for the interoperability showcase and other interoperability events. We hope to see you there!