Among the conferences we go to, the most important one for us is HIMSS, which took place April 12-15 in Chicago, where over 43,000 people attended the annual gathering that showcases the latest technology in healthcare.
Interoperability continues to gain needed momentum and the introduction of FHIR standards for sharing data with EHR systems represents a hopeful step forward. Analytics and the ability to measure performance in healthcare were everywhere as providers, payors, and vendors look to solve the challenges of executing in an ACO world. However, the area most exciting for Mobile Heartbeat was the increasing interest in solutions that leverage mobile technology. We have always known it was a matter of “when” not “if” mobile technology takes center stage. It appears that time is now.
This interest was reflected in the amount of traffic we had and the depth of conversations we conducted with customers and prospects. Not only did they come to our booth to see and learn, they also checked out our MH-CURE solution in the Cisco booth, where we were able to showcase how we leverage advanced communications infrastructure with our leading clinical communications solution. The positive feedback and the validation we received on the direction Mobile Heartbeat has chosen were encouraging.
One new capability that captured a lot of attention was our new peer-to-peer video capability. Delivering real-time video through smartphones is an extension of the integrated communication capabilities offered today and will enable health systems to connect clinicians and leverage a broader array of capabilities at the point of care. It was great to see how quickly customers grasped the potential and were suggesting new and unique use cases.
Attendees filled the room to hear the session presented by our customer, Yale New Haven Hospital, on “Improving Clinical Communications & Workflow via Smartphones”. Ed Fisher and Allen Hsiao from YNHH implemented MH-CURE over 3 years ago and were able to share their experiences and best practices for the audience. Feedback was outstanding. Hearing about the real experiences of a customer improving clinical workflow, patient experience, and overall healthcare delivery with mobile technology showed that the potential is real and benefits can be significant.
HIMSS is an exhausting but incredibly stimulating 3-4 days offering a glimpse into the future of healthcare. At Mobile Heartbeat, we are tremendously excited about the potential for enterprise clinical communications leveraging smartphone technology. Healthcare is on the cusp of transitioning into more mainstream adoption of this technology, and with it will begin to realize tremendous benefits for patients, clinicians, and health systems.