HIMSS 2016 Booth
February 26, 2016

Journey to HIMSS16: Showcasing Interoperability and Collaboration

HIMSS16 is just a few days away, and like many of you, we’ve been hard at work these last few weeks preparing for the conference.

In addition to our booth in the exhibit hall, lifeIMAGE will also be a first-time participant in the 2016 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, an industry standards event that takes place in conjunction with the annual HIMSS conference.

This is definitely not your typical trade show booth. The Interoperability Showcase is an interactive, vendor-neutral environment with patient-centric vignettes designed for clinical, business and revenue cycle scenarios. More than 100 health IT systems and devices will collaboratively demonstrate clinical integration in a wide breadth of care settings. Each vignette is a unique experience in the health continuum that displays interoperability up close in a real-world setting. Showcase visitors can explore each step of the patient journey.

We decided to invest time and energy in the Interoperability Showcase to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring the seamless exchange of patient information across networks and solutions. Patients often receive care from multiple healthcare systems, which drives the need for improved provider access to a complete EHR. Imaging is especially important to diagnosis and care planning among specialists in cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, radiology, and burn care. It may be the deciding factor as to whether or not a patient requires a second opinion, additional testing or an advanced medical procedure. We believe systems and networks have to be able to exchange data to ensure optimal care coordination and patient safety.

For our vignette, we’ve been working collaboratively with four other healthcare technology vendors. The scenario is focused on a pediatric cardiology patient that requires specialists to work in collaboration to share his medical record information in order to provide the best treatment plan. The providers are located in different regions, but are still able to share structured cardiology reports and images for continuity of care, quality and safety.

The patient first visits his primary care provider, who then, based on his symptoms, makes a referral to a cardiology specialist. The referral is then sent directly to the specialist. Following the visit with the cardiology specialist, the specialist then sends a report with images back to the primary care provider. Because lifeIMAGE is integrated with the primary care physician’s EHR and patient portal, the primary care physician can then retrieve the report and images from the specialist to share with the patient during his follow-up visit. The patient is also able access the report and images through the patient portal.

nIf you are attending HIMSS16, make time to tour the Interoperability Showcase located in booth #11954 of Exhibit Hall G.  

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Emily Citrone

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