HIMSS 2012 did not disappoint. It was my first time to attend the annual meeting, and I was amazed at how BIG this conference is. The exhibit halls – yes, halls, as in plural – were filled with extremely large and impressive displays by the well-known vendors in the hospital and doctor EHR business. That was expected. Yet, it was with great pride that I was there to represent our company in the LTPAC space. HIMSS does not do much for the long-term and post acute care providers and vendors, but there were some real nuggets. Like the presentation by CORHIO on the last day of sessions. The few that attended are all passionate about this part of the healthcare continuum. So, I have hope that eventually others will join us in understanding that LTPAC must be included in the discussions about transitions of care, reducing costs, and providing better care AFTER the hospital stay.
While there are no “meaningful use” incentives for LTPAC providers, I can assure you that they are using EHR systems in meaningful ways to reduce costs and improve outcomes. Let’s talk about that over the next few weeks. What topic would you like to tackle first?