By Lizzie Mooney

Every year, the HIMSS conference grows bigger and better, and 2018 was no exception. While overwhelming at times, the content available did not disappoint. Here we'll take a look at some of the biggest trends coming out of HIMSS and what they mean for healthcare organizations that are looking to grow and deliver amazing service in the upcoming months and years.

The influence of government policies on healthcare innovation

he White House and HHS used the HIMSS conference to roll our a full-force attack on information blocking. These policies are designed to give patients more control over their private information and to motivate organizations to move more quickly towards value-based care models. Other initiatives were discussed around reducing physician reliance on EHR systems and disrupting the overarching fee-for-value system . While it is still unclear how these polarizing talking points will get turned into policy, the ball is already moving for several organizations and agencies.

The steady rise of advanced healthcare IT

When it comes to healthcare IT, the big keep getting bigger. Technology giants Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have their eyes on earning a chunk of the massive healthcare spending pool by replacing local data centers with cloud hosting and back-end services. The evolution of direct-to-consumer AI products, like Alexa and Google Home, are starting to make clinician EHR interactions more tolerable and efficient. With the steady growth of this advanced technology, healthcare is quickly turning into one of the most cutting-edge industries for innovation.

Organizations must take a proactive stance on growth and revenue

Many people are talking about the growth of healthcare consumerism, despite little evidence that it actually exists in the classic sense due to lack of provider transparency and the involvement of intermediaries such as insurers. Healthcare consumers are taking a more proactive role in their care, however, and the new generation of patients will demand transparency and clarity from providers. In order to survive in this changing care climate, organizations must be able to take revenue-generating strategies to the next level with the help of analytics and data.

 
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