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Cloud Migration, Business Intelligence Top HIMSS17 Topics

Health IT processionals heading to HIMSS17 next week can expect discussions about cloud migration and business intelligence solutions.

Source: Xtelligent Media

By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- HIMSS17 is just a few days away and healthcare IT professionals are preparing for the annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Healthcare professionals will make their way down to Orlando from February 19 to February 23 to discuss some of the most compelling health IT infrastructure topics of the past year and how to further implement and explore them.

Hot topics for this year’s conference include cloud migration, business intelligence, and interoperability. Some of the sessions covering these topics include:

Removing barriers from migrating to the hybrid cloud

Healthcare organizations are still hesitating with moving their mission critical applications to the cloud. The session, Removing Barriers from Migrating to the Hybrid Cloud, will advise IT decision-makers on how to best move data and applications to the cloud.

The session will focus on explaining how entities can take advantage of the cloud without compromising security or patient care. The speakers will contrast various cloud models and connectivity options that can remove common migration hang-ups. The speakers will also discuss how to identify barriers and differentiate between options organizations commonly come across when migrating data.

Setting the Org Chart on Fire: Why We Started Over

In this session, Carlion Clinic will explain how they redesigned the way they deliver IT services to focus on the clinician’s user experience and the patient. Carlion Clinic’s IT department was being asked to do more with less while healthcare technology was rapidly expanding. The clinic did not have the proper structure or tools to deal with the demands, calling for a restructuring of their IT department and infrastructure.

The session will review the complete redesign of Carlion’s IT department and how it better aligns with organizational needs and operational expectations. Speakers will cover how to recognize feedback from users, identifying barriers that lead to team inefficiency, and how to design a transparent approach to improvement.

Driving Interoperable Data Exchange: Understanding HHS Policies and the Expansion of Exchange Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will conduct this session to explain to healthcare IT executives their plans for the role of technology in value-based purchasing and health information exchange (HIE). The session will cover new requirements under MACRA, MIPS, and APMS and how they are dependent on interoperability. Speakers will also touch on how organizations can qualify for federal funding resources to build better IT infrastructures.

Business Intelligence Best Practices: A Strong Foundation for Organizational Success

As healthcare organizations are implement value-based care initiatives that depend heavily on business intelligence (BI) solutions, organizations need actionable data to make decisions based on value.

This session focuses on how organizations build a BI architecture that incorporates integrated policies, workflows, technical approaches, and proper tool selection. These objectives help deliver the correct data to the right person at the right time, reducing cost and adding value.

Session speakers will touch on how to compile resources and construct a BI architecture and strategy to fit each unique organization. They will also outline the structure of a BI team and the BI life cycle from data request to delivery.

Still Afraid of the Cloud? A CIO’s Journey

This session explores the evolution of healthcare cloud technology from an untrusted platform, to a healthcare standard technology. Speakers will explore the thought process behind the general attitude change experienced by CIOs toward the cloud and how they figured which workloads were best to move to the cloud and why.

Speakers will also touch on HIPAA compliance and legal concerns surrounding the healthcare cloud, how they were addressed and overcome. The session will also explore the cost savings, performance and compliance value cloud-based infrastructure technology brings to healthcare organizations. 


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