Health 2.0 – Hospital Innovations and EHR APIs

This year’s Health 2.0 was a great experience. So great in fact that I am just getting to a write up/review 10 days later!

First and foremost it was our first time at the Annual Health 2.0 Conference and it was well worth the trip. We have been to a few of the parallel events such as the Healthy Communities Data Summit and the mHealth Summit, which contained very compelling discussions and innovative solutions to challenging ideas. What both of those events lacked were insights from the decision makers and key players in the Health IT space (hospitals and EHR vendors). This was not the case at the event in Santa Clara.

Day one for me (Monday 22nd) started off with the Hospital Roundtable, which gave some great insight into the innovation centers and digital health labs at hospitals around the country. It was amazing to hear from systems like The Mayo Clinic, UCSF, and Henry Ford Health about how they are leveraging outside ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit to speed innovations within their health delivery systems. The panelists who were primarily in decision-making roles, with regards to technology, all seemed to share similar opinions of outside technology vendors and engineering firms. It was encouraging to hear that they were more than receptive to working with new and innovative technologies and companies in an effort to solve key friction points for their clinical staff or patients.

Beyond the hospitals represented at the conference there were a number of great vendors and exhibitors. We were lucky enough to meet with some like minds on the trade show floor. As an Open Source engineering firm we strongly believe in the power of our partner network and we absolutely strengthened that throughout the course of the week.

Of all the trade shows and conferences Achieve Health has attended our booth received the heaviest traffic at Health 2.0, by far. We attracted a number of visitors who were all in seek of new ideas and innovative ways to clear some major technology hurdles at their organizations. Many of the visitors shared a common need – securely sharing their data from one or more systems to their end-users either patient facing or physician facing. Many of our booth visitors suffered from proprietary IT system inflexibility and limited interoperability. This was perfect for us as we were able to show people a demo of one of our software solutions, a flexible electronic referral application that provides seamless integration with many popular Clinical Information Systems (CIS).

Speaking of CISs a major theme of the event were the announcements from the EHR vendors about their “new” Open API initiative. Athena, Allscripts and eCW all made concentrated efforts to educate everyone at the conference on their Application Developer Marketplace and the robustness of their EHR APIs. This is great news for us. We have been pushing for Open APIs for quite some time now and as each major EHR vendor succumb to the government pressure for open API’s our integration projects and custom web portals become easier from an administrative overhead perspective. Hopefully this shift in tact from these vendors will eliminate an added layer of complexity, which usually lies on the business development and legal side, streamlining the integration of their systems into our flexible solutions. This will allow us to truly break down the data silos in the clinical setting and help improve interoperability between proprietary Health IT systems one step at a time.

All in all Health 2.0 was filled with some great discussions, panels, exhibitors, guests and keynotes. We look forward to future events from the Health 2.0 group and we cant until next year!



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