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HIMSS 2013: 5 hottest trends from NOLA

by Nancy Ryerson, Staff Writer | March 07, 2013

Besides cost management tools in EMRs, some companies offer additional tools for financial planning before big decisions are made. Explorys released a tool called National Benchmarks, which provides comparative metrics across clinical, financial and operational data facts from 120 hospitals and more than 100,000 providers.

"COOs and CFOs know time is of the essence when it comes to making these decisions," said Explorys CEO Stephen McHall. "The goal is to be the assimilators rather than the assimilated."

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McHall pointed out that facilities that don't meet financial goals will likely be incorporated into larger systems. The National Benchmarks tool aims to help hospitals build the best HIT program on their first try.

4. What about iSecurity?

The HIMSS13 leadership survey also found that 36 percent of health IT professionals cited as their top security concern "securing information on mobile devices." That's up from only 6 percent in 2012. Vendors had plenty of new apps to share, from displaying vital signs on an iPad at Philips to a voice activated virtual medical assistant at Nuance, but the survey suggests that facilities are hesitant to trust portable devices. Hospitals and vendors, such as Henry Ford and Enterasys, are teaming up to secure connections within hospitals and make sure back-up plans are in place to lock-out patient data if devices are lost or stolen.

5. Interoperability steals the show

With an entire Interoperability Showcase and the word passing through nearly every vendor's lips, the importance of how devices and EHRs talk to each other was evident. In the showcase "smart" hospital beds, infusion pumps and patient monitors shared information with EHRs. FujiFilm and TeraMedica paired up to release a new VNA designed to connect multiple departments and gather data in a "patient-centric" way. Dell and Novarad also announced a VNA partnership.

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