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A Glimpse at HIMSS 2019

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HIMSS 2019 is quickly coming to a close and this week was jam-packed with lively discussions about the state of today’s healthcare IT industry. Some of this year’s pressing topics included partnerships, data access and management, and technological interoperability. Given GovDataDownload’s focus on how data management impacts the public sector, we thought it was important to highlight how topics like the ones listed previously are shaping healthcare IT in state, local, and federal government.

Captured here are some of the top tweeted takeaways from HIMSS 2019 that look closely at how the public sector is adapting to demands of health 2.0, especially with the help of private sector partnerships. Here’s what attendees had to share:

Several health IT topics were discussed among state and local government leaders, including system automation, health information exchange (HIE), and the ongoing opioid crisis.

During the opening keynote, “Will Consumer-Directed Exchange Disrupt the Healthcare Marketplace?”, Seema Verma, Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), offered compelling insights about the urgent need for the public sector healthcare space to innovate. She aptly points out our contradictory ability to sequence a human genome while only offering antiquated record sharing technology for patients.

During the same opening keynote ceremony, Karen DeSalvo, Former National Coordinator for Health IT and Consumer-Directed Exchange Advocate, shone a light on the importance of public and private sector partnerships when it comes to healthcare IT modernization.

Seeing that the Military Health System, one of America’s largest and most complex healthcare institutions, caters to the well being of more than 9.4 million active duty personnel, veterans, and their families, the modernization of this body is critical. Challenges facing the military medical community were discussed during the Military Medical Care Symposium, featuring insights from Major General (Dr.) Lee E. Payne, Assistant Director for Combat Support, Defense Health Agency (DHA), and others.

As a leader in healthcare data management for government agencies, NetApp hosted their U.S. Public Sector Showcase, focusing on how the federal, state, and local government agencies can leverage innovative healthcare file management to fuel best practices in their IT modernization efforts. Executives from NetApp partners like NVIDIA and Cisco were there to share their knowledge on the subject.

The GovDataDownload team is excited to see what this next year holds for the world of health IT modernization and we look forward to keeping track of how various government agencies employ best practices learned at HIMSS 2019.

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