With the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition already underway in Chicago, there are several trends already made apparent by the themes on the trade show floor. Several major speeches and events within the first few days of HIMSS15 have laid about several objectives for the rest of 2015 and beyond. Here are a few that are sure to be discussed in articles, blogs and social media for the next few days:

HIMSS Leadership Survey outlines key guidelines and IT trends

On April 13, HIMSS released the results of the 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey. The questionnaire was given to more than 300 participants between Jan. 9 and February 24, and covered several pressing issues for many health IT experts walking the floors of McCormick Place. Some of theĀ biggest findings, according to HIT Consultant, include:

  • A large majority of respondents (81 percent) claimed that IT is a strategic function at their organizations.
  • More than three out of four respondents (76 percent) believed that their organizational IT plans are in line with their overall business plan.
  • Around three out of four respondents (74 percent) stated that IT is important for improving care coordination.
  • Nearly two-thirds claimed that their organization intendedĀ to increase its IT budget within the next year.

CMS gets into detail with stage 3 meaningful use requirements

There was a big crowd onĀ hand for Elisabeth Myers and Robert Anthony on April 13, as they delivered a thorough breakdown of stage 3 meaningful use requirements, which are sure to impact many organizational IT strategies and budgets over the next few years.

One of the biggest changes included a synchronization of a single stage alongside a single reporting period, which should make things much simpler for providers. The CMS believes that this will optimize performance and reduce duplicate data within EHR systems. CMS officials then went through a detailed discussion of the eight major objectives the organization wanted to achieve with stage 3 moving forward.

Mobile health also shares the spotlight

Given the rapid rise of smartphone use in the medical environment, mobile healthcare apps also had a strong presence at HIMSS15. There was even a Mobile Health Knowledge Center that informed attendees of the technical requirements of smartphones in the healthcare environment, security issues and future plans for smartphone use in hospitals.

Data security a major topic

There have already been two major data breaches in 2015, and several health hacks made headlines last year as well, so it should come as no surprise that patient privacy was a topic discussed heavily at HIMSS15 in the opening days. In fact, HIMSS debuted itsĀ Cybersecurity Command Center, which plans to host several security experts, tech advancements to prevent future attacks and ways for attendees to test their cybersecurity IQ.

Interoperability is the star of the show

If there were whispers of interoperability at HIMSS14 in Orlando last year, then the buzzword was loud and clear in the Windy City over the past few days at HIMSS15. In the South Hall, there was a 40,000-square-foot interoperability showcase that displayed 140 systems’ different technologies. The showcase walked attendees through a care continuum for several kinds of patients. In addition, there will also be 44 education sessions during HIMSS15 that relate solely to interoperability and how it will optimize EHRs over the next few years.

TeraMedicaĀ is also in Chicago for HIMSS15, and along with being one of the leaders of interoperability with itsĀ vendor neutral archiveĀ technology, is also debuting a new dashboard for its EvercoreĀ VNA. If you’re interested in learning more about VNAs and how they can promote interoperable systems in your organization, schedule an appointment with TeraMedica at HIMSS15 byĀ clicking here.