I talk about HIT (Health Information Technology) often. I am very excited about the potential for HIT to allow patients better access to information so they can make decisions about their health. I attend a lot of policy meetings on the subject of HIT and the subject of patient safety. Those conversations are wide-reaching, but one topic that is rarely touched upon is end of life.
Like many people in our culture, policy folks often side step this conversation in favor of a safer topic like “disparity.” We can have in depth discussions about the need for a reduction in hospital readmission, but not address the panic readmit of a hospice patient when the family is ill prepared for the final days. I can watch a room full of people hash through clause after clause on Meaningful Use regulations and see them barely touch upon transmission of advance directives.
So, I am bringing a large hospice card to HIMSS13.
HIMSS 2013 Annual Conference andExhibition is March 3-7, 2013 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. The HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management System Society) conference focuses on Health information Technology and Informatics. The conference is the largest in the field of HIT and 40,000 attendees are expected.
I will be attending and painting on site on March 5th. I will be in a special session:
“PatientExperience through HIT Forum” location: Room 252
Is e-engaging with your patients worth the effort? This one-day forum features three sessions dedicated to the value of enhancing the patient experience.
Making Patients Your Partners in Satisfying Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objectives: Case Studies in Patient Engagement
March 5, 2013
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Business Case for Implementing a Patient-Centered Communication Strategies
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Patient 2.0: Engaging People in Health through Consumer-Facing Devices and
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
I am really excited to paint these sessions as I know several of these speakers and they have amazing things to say about the intersection of patients and health information technology. I am happy that Meaningful Use does require that 50% of the time hospitals/doctors find out whether a patient has an advance directive, but I wish it were for 18 and older not just 65 and older.
Many folks at this event will be talking about the power of patient reported data and its importance in a vibrant electronic health record. But I bet most of those folks will be thinking about data submissions as information from scales and blood pressure cuffs with wifi rather than wondering if their local HIE (health information exchange) can connect with a personal account on MyDirectives.
If you come to the session please sign the hospice card. I plan to send it to Hallmark via a few of my Kansas City friends as an example of our support of an End-depth discussion on policies that affect us all.