Another HIMSS has come and gone. We knew it was going to be a whirlwind week of meetings, presentations, events and conversations– and we were not disappointed!

The show floor was buzzing with conversations about how to approach population health management and care coordination in every way, shape and form.

Of course, 'population health' goes by many names and definitions in the marketplace. We believe that true population health means more than just applying analytics to data to lower costs and improve outcomes. It also means providing appropriate access to accurate, complete patient records and coordinating care across organizations. True population health also means founding analytics on accurate and comprehensive data sets that tap all relevant sources, including clinical, financial, payer, device and patient-generated data. Coordinating patient care is at the core of population health management, as it allows patients to navigate the healthcare system and be engaged participants in their care. At our booth, we demonstrated the solutions that are taking coordination to the next level – including Amadeus and Rhapsody® integration engine, both of which now utilize the 'hot' new standard, FHIR.

At HIMSS, we also heard from leaders who are on the front lines of care coordination. Rebecca Madison, executive director of Alaska eHealth Network, and Chad Peterson, technology and operations manager at the North Dakota Health Information Network, discussed the importance of establishing a sustainable Health Information Exchange (HIE) in rural communities, as it is critical that these providers have access to up-to-date clinical data in order to improve outcomes. Our Director of Clinical Consulting, Dr. Richard Swafford, also addressed the topic of care coordination and sustainability in his presentation at the event, noting that HIEs need to help participants move into a full-blown population health environment. His presentation was quite popular among attendees, and you can read a full recap of it here in Healthcare Informatics.

There is a lot going on in the market to support organizations' efforts in care coordination and population health management, from various government initiatives to comprehensive technologies from companies like ours. We were glad to be at HIMSS again this year and look forward to continuing to be part of the dialogue to help healthcare organizations succeed in this exciting time in our industry.