The healthcare industry has certainly become a desirable target among the advanced hacker population. I’m not the only one who recognizes this. At HIMSS15 this year in Chicago, healthcare IT professionals gathered to discuss the hottest topics impacting health IT. This year, patient privacy and data security made the top of the list. This was evident with the event’s new Cybersecurity Command Center that featured breakout sessions, demos, and talks focused on how to improve cybersecurity in healthcare. CIOs and technology professionals alike have banded together since the conference to discuss new, innovative ways to tackle these new cybersecurity threats.
It seems every event we attend and every conversation we have these days in healthcare IT reveals a deep need for the kind of network we are building at NaviNet. The incredible amount of entrepreneurial energy being invested in healthcare IT will be for naught without a network that can deliver their outputs to the right people, in the right places, at the right time. That's what NaviNet's Healthcare Collaboration Network does, for example with clinical documents from payers via our Document Exchange product. Our payer customers have reaped the benefits of our unique ability to communicate effectively with the provider setting for many years.
We took this message and our know-how to the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack in Cambridge, MA the weekend of April 24th. We wanted to experiment with how our communication network could be applied in an entrepreneurial setting. Well, we were one of the winners of the hackathon, so we must be doing something right! Haven’t heard of the MIT Grand Hack? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! But first, a photo of our badges!
Two weeks ago, I attended the terrific Health Evolution Summit in Laguna, CA. These are the themes that struck me personally:
In Modern Healthcare on April 7, Bob Herman reported on the relatively positive treatment afforded to Medicare Advantage insurers by CMS for 2016 (“Medicare Advantage Rates Show Insurers' Lobbying Muscle”). As the article’s title implies, the industry won some key victories, including the highest increase to the base payment rate since the advent of the Affordable Care Act. The article links those victories to the $12-million lobbying budget of payers, but that budget hasn’t changed much in recent years. Why the change in attitude now?
After putting in their 10,000 steps a day at HIMSS15, anyone can tell you how much blame there is to go around in the complex dysfunction of U.S. healthcare. Rapturous vendor claims aside, how do we get to the interoperable learning system described in The Office of the National Coordinator of Healthcare Information Technology's Interoperability Roadmap?
With the beautiful spring weather here in Boston, it’s hard to believe that two years ago today the horrific 2013 Boston Marathon bombing occurred. Bostonians were forever changed from that historic tragedy, killing four people and injuring hundreds of others on a day where triumph, victory and personal achievement seemed meaningless.
As we count down the days until HIMSS15, we bet you are as excited about the show as you are about experiencing the Windy City. This year with over 38,000 attendees looking to transform health IT amongst 1.3 million square feet of exhibits and over 1,200 exhibitors to check out, there is no doubt a lot to do and see at HIMSS15 in Chicago. Let's face it, after eight hours of roaming the exhibition floor, networking with peers, and attending live breakout sessions, HIMSS can be an exhausting experience for a health plan exec! However, to make the most of all that Chicago has to offer, indulge with us in a one-of-a-kind culinary experience and learn about how NaviNet is transforming the healthcare landscape. Join us for one of our many off-site dinners with our NaviNet Executive Team.
Author: Frank Ingari, President & CEO, NaviNet, Inc.
Healthcare reformers tend to split on the question—some imagine a world in which clinical integration among EMRs and providers will provide all the insight necessary to achieve the Triple Aim, reducing the payer to a kind of generic third-party administrator focused on stripped-down administrative tasks in support of risk-bearing delivery systems.
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How would you feel if you received a reply email from the former Chief Technology Officer of the United States in four minutes? Aneesh Chopra published a provocative March 5, 2015, blog post, “Transforming Healthcare Delivery Through More Open Data.” In response to my request to be able to repost on our blog, Aneesh said, “I’m for open data—of course you can post!” (Yes, I framed his email…)