There’s no doubt that making health systems more streamlined and communicative is a main focus for the medical industry, especially with HIMSS15’s new Interoperability Showcase being featured for this year’s Chicago event. However, this 40,000-square-foot exhibit isn’t the only thing that’s happening at HIMSS15: There’s plenty of buzzworthy news being discussed through McCormick Place during health IT’s biggest event.

Healthcare IT News recently updated some of the biggest events and newsworthy happenings at HIMSS15. Here are some major takeaways:

CMS’ stage 3 MU strategies clearly have a theme, and it’s interoperability: In a packed meeting hall, CMS’ deputy director of the quality measurement Robert Anthony outlined eight major advanced use objectives, as well as methods for making meaningful use less burdensome for providers, which should come as a delight for many health IT experts. Anthony said that with stage 3, making things simpler, promoting health information exchange and creating an environment that gears toward improved patient outcomes were the major priorities of the CMS.

The NFL embraces interoperability to promote athlete safety and well-being: Football fans everywhere will be happy to know that the NFL Physicians Society’s immediate past president Dr. Matthew Matava and NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle were also at HIMSS15 to discuss EHR implementation within America’s favorite sport. Now, if NFL players are traded to another team, or are moved to another location for treatment, their EHR will follow them.

Keynote speaker addresses interoperability in value-based systems: Humana CEO Bruce Broussard addressed HIMSS15 attendees on Tuesday, April 14, and specifically stated that interoperability would be a key factor in moving the U.S. healthcare system from volume-based to value-based care.

“The problem is in this room, with all of us,” Broussard stated. “We have to be bold leaders in changing healthcare, because the consumer is looking for us to change. Interoperability is a great place to start. Information should be a shared asset, not a proprietary asset.”

It’s clear so far at HIMSS15 that interoperable systems are going to be a focal point for the entire U.S. healthcare system in the next few years, and with good reason.

TeraMedica is exhibiting in Chicago for HIMSS15, and along with being one of the leaders of interoperability with its vendor neutral archive technology, is also debuting a new dashboard for its Evercore VNA. To learn more about bringing interoperable systems to your organization with VNA technology, schedule an appointment with TeraMedica at HIMSS15 by clicking here.

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