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HIMSS19 Day 3: Contextually Aware Experiences, Health System Operations and Global Health Care

Published on 2/14/2019

The final day of HIMSS19 left health care and IT leaders with plenty of new insights, professional connections to take back to their organizations. Here are some key takeaways from the end of the conference:

Contextually aware experiences

Health care organizations must derive meaning from the data they are gathering. Therefore, Cerner is working to enhance technology to make data actionable for care teams and administrators.

David Cohen, Cerner’s vice president of intellectual property development, came to our podcast studio on Thursday to offer thought leadership on the idea of using intelligence to help advance health care. He talked about the now and next solutions featured in Cerner’s contextually aware experiences vignette, such as Chart Assist and Virtual Scribe, which are aimed at identifying gaps in care, improving clinical documentation in near real-time and reducing the cognitive load for caregivers.

“There are several macro-level trends impacting health care right now, such as rising health care costs, physician burnout, digitization and proliferation of data, and the rise of consumerism,” Cohen said. “At Cerner, we are focusing on addressing these shifts with artificial intelligence. We must be pragmatic about the problems that AI can solve for us today, while also being conscious about how rapidly AI is advancing.”

Operationally aware health care

The logistics of moving patients through a health system are complex and high stakes. Neat real-time and predictive capabilities embedded into operationally aware clinical workflows can help providers perform and plan with excellence.

John Gresham, senior vice president of DeviceWorks and Interoperability at Cerner, stopped by our podcast booth for an engaging conversation on building future-proof health care solutions and processes to meet the evolving needs of providers and consumers.

“Operationally aware health care is taking all the data we have digitized in the EHR and creating a layer of analytics and prediction to help our clients optimize their health systems to the maximum, regardless of which reimbursement model they are in,” Gresham said. “We want them to have the insights and visibility to data that empower them to know the consumer journey in a seamless way."

Seamless care around the globe

Giving care teams, individuals and personal stakeholders access to their longitudinal care plan is an important part of achieving better health outcomes. Open systems that support interoperability across venues and countries are at the heart of seamless care. At HIMSS, Cerner showcased how its interoperability tools provide contextual, historical insights that go with a person from provider to provider.

Colin Fincham, Cerner's senior director and chief medical officer for the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions, and Matthew Pickett, senior director of marketing and corporate affairs for Cerner’s non-US markets, spent time in our podcast studio on Thursday to share their global perspectives on health care.

“Health care is delivered slightly differently depending on where you are in the world, but all patients want great outcomes,” Fincham said.

Pickett explained that integrating technology and advancing seamless health care requires a tailored approach when dealing with diverse markets around the world.

“As we look across the world, we see so many similarities in health care delivery and also big differences and big gaps,” he said. “The use of EHRs and population health solutions have accelerated in some regions over the past three years and largely stood still in other regions. We have to balance the exciting stuff with the expectations and adoption capacities of each market, and provide a roadmap to get there."

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