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Patient Portals, Data, Consumer Preferences Top HIMSS17 Trends

As healthcare pros prepare for HIMSS17, they can look forward to talks about patient portals and other top patient engagement strategies.

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Healthcare professionals are gearing up to converge on the Sunshine State and preparing to immerse themselves in this year’s HIMSS conference. As stakeholders continue to hear industry and regulatory calls for better patient engagement, attendees can look forward to plenty of talk about patient portals, patient data access, and patient-centered care.

The conference, taking place in Orlando, Florida, between February 19 and 23, will highlight not only emerging patient engagement technologies, but also best practices for utilizing those tools.

Through a series of panels and open discussions, healthcare professionals can expect to hear about how to integrate these tools into their workflows while keeping care personalized and consumer-centric.

Patient portals, patient engagement technology

Technology is the name of the game this year at HIMSS, and patient engagement is no exception.

On February 22 at 10:00 AM, clinicians can head to the Orange County Convention Center to learn more about how patients and their providers can leverage health technology per ONC standards.

The talk will center on ONC’s history of working with patients and providers to develop best practices for health IT use, and will highlight the agency’s current resources for care improvement. ONC will discuss its resources for population health management, interoperability, consumer engagement, and practice transformation.

Later that afternoon, clinicians and hospital technology executives can sit in on a talk about patient portal use and adoption factors led by Jon P. Burns, MHA, and William C. Reed, FHIMSS, FCHIME.

The presentation will acknowledge that healthcare professionals face barriers to facilitating widespread patient portal adoption, despite regulatory requirements and promises for the technology to improve patient engagement.

Burns and Reed will provide strategies for providers to overcome their challenges and drive better patient portal adoption rates.

Care coordination, interoperability

Care coordination is a key theme surrounding strong population health management and patient care. Ensuring that all members of the care team, including the patient, are working together is essential for driving outcomes.

To kick off the conference, stakeholders from the C-Suite to clinician level can sit in on a presentation from the non-profit Medical Home Network detailing how it integrates disparate providers to deliver patient-centered care.

The talk will also touch on the use of predictive health and behavioral analytics to help providers drive better outcomes and touch the patient at the appropriate point of care.

In the afternoon of February 21, Max Stroud, MSW, CPHIMS, and Irene Elizabeth Stroud, MDiv, STM, will offer a patient’s perspective on the importance of interoperability. The pair will provide a narrative of a patient’s relationship with her health data, and the importance of that data flowing seamlessly from provider to provider to ensure quality healthcare.

The presentation will highlight gaps in interoperability for both patients and their providers, as well as the differences in health data access needs for patients and providers.

Consumer-centered care

The healthcare industry has continued to recognize the patient as a health consumer with buying power, underscoring a need to meet patient preferences. In order to thrive in an increasingly consumer-centric landscape, healthcare professionals must understand the patient’s role in healthcare and incorporate that knowledge into their workflows.

On February 21 at 1:00 PM, attendees can gather to learn more about how to shift their organizations to be more consumer-centric, and the potential benefits of doing so.

This talk, led by Mason Beard, MA, Harm Scherpbier, MD, MS, and Stephanie Kovalick, will address the challenges of incorporating consumer needs into healthcare and the tools necessary to overcome them.

The following day, clinicians can tune into a talk led by Robert Van Tuyl, Josh Newman, MD, MSHS, and Jitendra Barmecha, MD, concerning the "person behind the patient."

This presentation will focus on personalization in healthcare, assisting providers in tailoring care to unique patient preferences. Additionally, presenters will discuss how they utilize technology to uncover and incorporate these wishes into patient care.

Taken together, these sessions will provide attendees with an inside look into how leading healthcare professionals – including government agencies, software experts, and clinicians – incorporate patient centered care into their practices.