While at the HIMSS 2013 conference last week, Lexmark had the opportunity to sit down with several healthcare publications to share its viewpoints on the industry and what the company is doing to solve a number of pain points for patients, clinicians and healthcare organizations alike.
After being interviewed by Jerry Zeidenberg, publisher and editor of Canadian Healthcare Technology, we turned the table to get his thoughts on what trends were being discussed at this year’s show.
Lexmark: In a few words, what would you say are the most important topics being discussed at HIMSS?
Jerry: Interoperability and big data … and if you allow me a few more, patient-centric care and allowing patients to access their own medical information.
Lexmark: What do you think are the biggest challenges in the healthcare IT industry today?
Jerry: All of the challenges in the healthcare IT industry hinge on being able to access and consolidate disparate sources of data. Healthcare organizations have data scattered all over their sites; patients have information not just at one organization, but at multiple hospitals and clinics. In order to understand how effectively they’re delivering care, and how to improve, organizations need to access all of their data, and must then be able to consolidate and analyze it. Solutions like the ones Perceptive Software offers enable healthcare providers to organize and manage their silos of information.
Lexmark: What do you see as being the areas with the greatest room for growth over the next five years?
Jerry: There is a lot of work to be done in connecting those disparate sources of data inside health enterprises, as well as integrating their data with that of their partners in the healthcare arena. Not only must the data in one hospital organization be accessible to all of its managers and authorized staff, but providers must also be able to access data at other hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices where their patients have visited. It’s an enormous task, and it will rely on the use of standards and effective software. That’s just the first step; afterwards, organizations will need to open up these repositories of data to patients. There is going to be increasing pressure from patients to access their medical information so they can better manage their own health.
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