HIMSS 2018 and Beyond!

It’s a good thing that what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas anymore, but that’s only good news for anyone who was not able to go to HIMSS 2018 this year.

With over 1,300 exhibitors this year the highlights were on issues like utilizing machine learning in healthcare technology, cyber security infrastructures, scalable interoperability initiatives-as stated by the White House, and a patient-centered MyHealthEData initiative from CMS.

In this competitive world, HASA is not “just another vendor,” but a partner, invested in improving health outcomes right here, where we live and partnering with organizations that can make ideas into reality.

As mentioned in the beginning of this Community Booth event, one of the overarching characteristic that HASA brings to the table is our status as non-profit, community collaborative, functioning as a neutral data partner in Texas. 

HIMSS isn’t over yet, but as we come to a conclusion of this year’s “Community Booth #11418,” I’ll address some final thoughts of our partners concerns and initiatives:

What types of organizations are you interested in partnering with or meeting at HIMSS and why?


Living in an Interoperable World

One of the current and core issues of the Healthcare Technology field is the goal of making interoperability a standard practice.

Interoperability is an idea that is fundamental to HASA and other HIE’s. It is supported by our collaborators, stakeholders, and data contributors, and affects everyone from administrators to physicians to patients.

What is Interoperability? In a general sense, it is the design of different systems to work together- much like our HIMSS 2018 Community Booth, which includes different sectors of healthcare technology working together!

In healthcare, interoperability specifically describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and later present that data such that it can be understood by a user.

In a world where you can use your phone to easily check your bank account, finish your taxes, and have groceries delivered to your door it’s hard to rationalize why many hospitals and clinics are still using faxes to delivered vital information to each other.

It’s easy to embrace the idea of exchanging health information electronically so that practices can ditch the use of faxes and phone calls to gather information, but what is the hold up?

I decided to ask the industry experts from our HIMSS 2108 Community Booth their opinions on the matter.

What is the most promising emerging technology or most significant barrier for the future of interoperability, and where do you see the future of HIE/Interoperability going?

The Village Values

HASA is proud to showcase our talented partners involved in expanding the healthcare ecosystem:Nance Shatzkin, founder and president of Shatzkin Systems, Doug Hill COO of RosettaHealth, Jared Blake Partner from SocialClime, and our very own Phil Beckett CIO of HASA.

To get ready for the HIMSS 2018 "Community Booth" we will be sharing the varying insider perspectives of each of our partners in the simplest way possible, by asking them hard questions!

Each member in our “Community” Booth is unique in the strategies they use to further the field of Healthcare Technology, Interoperability, and Health Information exchange to better the healthcare ecosystem. We at HASA believe that who you work with is just as important as what you do.

What value do you bring to the Community Booth that make your organization unique?

It Takes a Village

“It takes a Village” is a saying most commonly associated with raising children.  However, it holds true for Health Information Exchange (HIE) as well.  The idea for this blog culminated from the realization that HASA is in a unique situation, not only as being the aggregator of data for our regions, but also as the aggregator of some of the best talent and innovative minds in the Interoperability field today.  As an HIE, our most effective strategy is to build relationships with our data contributors and vendors.  HASA combines the most effective ideas and products from our IT vendors to bring the “best in class” elements together, making up the services we offer the community.  Additionally, CIOs, CMIOs and IT professionals from all the major hospital systems in our regions help steer the ship and make sure that we are functioning at the highest standards for both workflows and data security.

The one overarching characteristic that HASA brings to the table is our status as non-profit, community collaborative, functioning as a neutral data partner in Texas. HASA is not “just another vendor,” but a partner, invested in improving health outcomes right here, where we live.  

In today’s competitive market, health care providers can think of us a utility, like electricity and water services.  Healthcare technology companies see HASA as a place to work together to showcase their unique strengths, because we all know we can’t do it on our own.

Check back weekly and we’ll introduce you to some of these talents and get their perspectives on Interoperability and current events.  To kick off our series, listen to this interview with our own, Phil Beckett, CIO of HASA, talking with Matt Langan from Rosetta Health about the upcoming HIMSS 2018 Conference. HASA will be joining IMAT Solutions, SocialClime, and Shatzkin Systems at the RosettaHealth HIMSS 2018 “Community” booth #11418 – to showcase how it truly takes a community cast of startups, HIEs, and vendors to make health data exchange truly work.  Phil Beckett, HASA CIO