At HIMSS, Health Care’s New Connections Emerge

Date: March 4, 2013||   0  Comments

big data, information managementWhen Cynthia Davis’s father had open-heart surgery, his cardiac surgeon asked him what medications he was on, and whether he had any allergies. When he went to the hospital’s outpatient center for pre-admission testing, they asked what medications he was on and whether he had any allergies. The anesthesiologist who visited him right before the surgery asked what medications he was on and whether he had any allergies. At that point, he turned to his daughter in exasperation and said, “Don’t you people ever talk to each other?”

Davis, a registered nurse and a principal for consulting firm CIC Advisory, will address that very issue in a HIMSS session that she’s presenting with Philip Smith, M.D., who’s written a book on implementing CPOE and is a former CMIO for Adventist Health System. HIMSS13 runs from March 3-7 in New Orleans.

“Health care typically functions in siloes, though it’s getting better,” Davis says. “But if we don’t have a common set of definitions for what is an allergy and what is a medication, we can’t use the data to connect care.”

Davis and Smith will look at defining data needs, understanding baseline data and its limitations, establishing priorities, and setting requirements for data gathering and validation. They’ll also look at analytical tools and infrastructure considerations.

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