For the thousands among us who make the annual trip to HIMSS, it’s not just about business opportunities and networking. It’s also about keeping up with the industry’s dynamic nature, and to learn about new and innovative approaches to deal with the realities of healthcare IT, and to gain a clear insight into regulatory trends and requirements. It’s for establishing a strategic direction to our own endeavors as champions of health IT.

From proposed new rulings on providing easier access to patient data to health system interoperability which impacts healthcare systems, providers, and innovators, let’s look at the key insights from CMS administrator Seema Verma at HIMSS 2019 –

  • Patient data belongs to patients only and hospitals shouldn’t have to seek permission from EHR vendors to use their own data. To quote the CMS Administrator herself, “So let me be clear. The idea that patient data belongs to providers or vendors is an epic misunderstanding. Patient data belongs to patients.”
  • Information blocking is a ‘thing of the past’ and will not be tolerated nor will excuses in the matter be accepted. All players need to stop blaming someone else when problems related to health data sharing come up and should stop feigning innocence. Everyone should aim to have the healthcare system working and working well.
  • CMS will focus on payers to see that claims data is incorporated into the patient record to help improve care and outcomes. By liberating claims data for providers, patients, and innovators and infusing it into patient records, we begin a digital data revolution which could power research efforts to help develop new cures and treatments. Providers can use claims data to understand someone’s health issues better to make better decisions, enhance safety by predicting future healthcare events, and avoid duplication.
  • To improve the discharge process for patients and their care teams and enhance transitions in patient care, new proposals aim to improve the patient and provider experience through data sharing and electronic notification capabilities. It will be made mandatory for hospitals to electronically notify providers and the patient’s care team when a patient is admitted, discharged or transferred, as a condition of Medicare participation.
  • Verma proposed to put the weight of CMS behind patient record matching because it is critical to resolve issues with data-sharing. She wants everyone to visualize a future when health data would include the entire HIPAA-designated data record set to deliver new possibilities for healthcare. The combined data of underlying databases will power the health system, by using APIs and other technologies, to create a single patient record using data from disparate sources.
  • CMS also envisages a future when the data enables physicians and health systems to tools like artificial intelligence and machine learning to help interpret the information to provide high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective care. The tools that are used at point of care will be user-friendly for clinicians. They give access to the right data for the right person when they need it. Technology should power the healthcare system, not burden it.
  • Verma expects to have data shared across the spectrum of the entire healthcare delivery system, in a scalable model which keeps healthcare data flowing freely across the entire healthcare system.

In a healthcare environment with multiple disparate systems, Dapasoft can help you build an interoperable, seamless patient-focused health IT system which puts patients first. This strategy has helped our clients to get on a path of innovation to promote future advancements in healthcare through care-collaboration and more personalized healthcare. That really sums up our vision for healthcare data. In fact, it’s our raison d’etre. Do write in to talk to us about how Dapasoft can help you achieve healthcare data interoperability and transparency.