Fresh from our annual pilgrimage to HIMSS, we are buzzing with activity and looking forward to the warmer weather of the spring months after being teased with Florida sunshine.The event validated our focus on navigating clients through EMR & EHR transition – serving as stewards of the data whether it’s data migration to the new platform, or legacy application sunset and archival. In addition, we witnessed a change in sentiment concerning the cloud. The anxiety regarding the cloud that was prevalent for the past 2+ years has diminished as providers and HCOs have embraced vendor hosted EHR & EMR solutions.
In a couple of short weeks, we will migrate south with about 40,000 like-minded individuals to attend the big healthcare IT confab in Orlando – HIMSS17. We invite you to stop by booth #4448 and say hello. In preparation for the event, our staff collaborated and crafted HIMSS17 guides, offering tips to navigate the conference and providing a look at key sessions. We’ve also been working feverishly on development and aggregation of complimentary resources for our clients, and as such, we present our top 10 favorite health IT resources. We cap off our Newsletter by recognizing and featuring recent employee promotions and certifications.
With 2017 now upon us, many wonder what the New Year has in store for healthcare IT. In our featured article, we offer a look back on our 2016 predictions and have provided our prognostications for what 2017 will hold. As you’ll note in our predictions, we anticipate further consolidation, both in the provider and vendor community, driving M&A. As such, we predict that healthcare organizations will continue to address needs from a data migration and archival perspective. In addition, as a sign of our commitment to being the best possible industry resource, we are excited to offer a fresh round of complimentary webinars. Topics cover a range of important industry issues including legacy application support, data archival strategy, business continuity, and data migration.
The recent election results have created quite a bit of conversation of how a new administration will affect our industry, and specifically what it implies for healthcare reform and healthcare IT. We’ve published our own musings on this topic as you’ll see in the newsletter article below. Regardless of the potential future implications, Galen remains committed to maintaining our laser focus on our clients as well as striving to remain as your trusted source of information and expertise on market trends.
Despite the tremendous value that EHRs can create, they are not being used to their full capacity. Currently, EHRs serve more as a “system of record” rather than a “system of engagement” that produces actionable insights to transform care delivery models. As a result, mergers and acquisitions, vendor consolidations, dissatisfaction with applications and other factors have followed and compelled healthcare organizations to optimize and/or replace their clinical systems.