Post HIMSS12 Thoughts and Review
Since the week after HIMSS is just as busy catching up, we thought we’d give you a little respite and post this now. HIMSS continues to offer a little bit of everything: big announcements, too many party invites, a maze of recycled marketing phrases, and friends with new business cards.
This year proved to be fun and encouraging! HIE and MU initiatives seem to have brought the need for reliable patient identification to the forefront. And with it, the challenges of accuracy, governance, and cross-platform “data awareness”. It is no longer just a matter of transmitting data between applications, but healthcare solutions must now identify, analyze, and assemble content from a spectrum of sources (including non-affiliated entities) to promote coordinated care and ensure activity is properly assigned and logged. If all goes well, patient experience improves, care providers make more informed decisions, costs are reduced, and reimbursements flow in.
NextGate thrives at the intersection of “finding” and “linking” data. We’ve leveraged our years of EMPI experience into a suite of integrated registries that use a universal identifier to match, track, and relate data so organizations can quickly and easily locate and exchange information. Once data leave their comfortable, vendor-specific source and enter the HIE, they can become a bit expressionless. As a vendor neutral solution, however, NextGate, capitalizes on the “space in between” and reveals new insights for system-wide use.
In fact, Kevin and Gevik demonstrated a few of the solutions made possible by linking records from different and seemingly unrelated sources. Here is an exciting example of a Provider Access Portal built for the iPad giving a physician a simple way to view a patient’s demographics, insurance, allergies, contacts and relations, and all the activity that has taken place with the patient.
This portal makes use of our EMPI, Provider Registry, Activity Registry, and Relation Registry to access all the necessary information and tie it together. Indeed, exciting times.