The four day long HIMSS10 conference ended yesterday. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger gave the closing keynote address. He pointed out how aviation culture fosters safety and lessons health sector can take from that. Evidence based checklists for emergency situation has been there for so long in aviation sector but in practice of medicine its often absent which increase the risk. Captain Sully also emphasized that its not just checklist but the teamwork, process and attitude combined with years of disciplined practice come into play in an emergency situation. As he said – nothing can be more costly than not having the culture of safety, I can completely relate to that when I think of our rigorous process of software development and testing to ensure the safety and security of data we deal with through our applications.
Earlier Thursday morning, there was another informative keynote session where Sanjay Gupta interviewed Harry Markopolis about Medicare Fraud. He discussed how using Electronic Health Record (EHR) can reduce the risk and help identifying fraud.
Apart from the keynote sessions there were numerous educational sessions on EHR, PHR, Interoperability, Meaningful Use, Privacy and Security, Health Information Exchange, NHIN etc. by industry leaders, thinkers and policy makers. As a whole, it was a very satisfying experience as we found how our strategic goals well aligned with industry trends and demands.Share