During the season of gratitude, we’re thankful for hospitals – and not just because they heal the sick. They’re customers – and our interoperable clinical documentation services empower their mission. Never before in history has the patient record received so much attention. And our own industry is adapting to change along with the rest of the healthcare marketplace. So we have a vested interest in learning what they’re innovating under pressure, and expanding patient base.
We wonder, wouldn’t they like to just close the doors for a day and think, plan and strategize?
Well, a few of them left their hospitals long enough to brainstorm with others in the name of progress. In November 2013, U.S. News and World Report gathered hospital executives and experts to the first annual “Hospital of Tomorrow” forum. One thing’s for certain – the times, they are a-changing. The strongest will thrive, and they inspire us to do the same.
The Inaugural Launch
Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove launched the inaugural forum coordinated by US News & World Report with a keynote speech, discussing the issues with which hospitals are coping right now. (Watch it here.)
A panel discussion about the changing face of hospitals and health care ensued, as did break out sessions that included topics such as staffing solutions, designing hospitals for the 21st century care, absorbing the newly insured, and new strategies for preventing re-admissions. Big stuff.
As you can imagine, the Twitterverse lit up with discussion, collaboration and debate under @USNHOT13. Round up the industry’s best and the brightest, and you’re bound to conjure varied opinions and passions! Check out the tweets, pictures, quotes and musings posted during the conference.
For HIM’s and IT and records managers who didn’t get to go, check out a recap of two technology related issues discussed at the forum:
Uncovering the Power of Big Data
While navigating massive amounts of information is nothing new to hospitals, “Big Data” is the latest buzzword that’s got everyone talking. In the context of medicine, innovative thinkers will figure out how to sift and utilize key data to predict and solve clinical issues, and also, to facilitate better hospital management.
According to the US News & World Report, Brad Ryan, a general manager at IMS Health stated, “Effective interpretation of Big Data can help identify which new technologies are working and which aren’t.” (Shameless plug: iData’s customers enjoy the delivery of critical data that can be parsed, extracted and exploited for purposes other than the EMR. In the future, what if treatment could begin before the patient experienced real symptoms, just indicators, for example?)
Is your hospital harnessing the value of the enormous amounts of data to collect genetic information, spot business trends and more? It’s an enormous task and we’re curious how others are mining through to find the “diamonds” contained within.
Applying Technology to Hospital Business Needs
We often think of technology related to medicine in terms of patient care, such as robotic, or computer assisted surgery. But one breakout session during the forum apparently discussed the need for technology to empower the business side of healthcare.
Troy Kirchenbauer, general manager of Aptitude LLC, an online direct contract market for healthcare, talked about the critical need for effective supply chain management. Their platform serves as a transparent and open space in which hospitals negotiate and manage contracts. Their service builds thriving partnerships between hospitals and suppliers, driving down costs, promoting compliance and improving efficiency in supply chain management. (Visit aptitude.com for more.)
We applaud the great work done by US News & World Report to knit together invested providers, legislators and vendors to sharpen the sword together for the good of everyone’s ultimate customer – the patient. We look forward to hearing about the next forum.
For a full recap of the topics discussed at the forum, click here. Want more tips, information and news related to healthcare documentation, IT and administration? Sign up for our newsletter in the upper right hand corner!
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