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How the industry is transforming how healthcare works

May 18, 2023

If you’re like me, you came away from HIMSS23 energized and feeling more optimistic about the progress our industry is making and the direction we’re headed. Throughout the sessions and conversations, I kept hearing the word “innovation” over and over, in reference to technologies like AI, ML, and ChatGPT. As is the case with most truly innovative ideas, they build upon one another and will find their place to make the optimal impact, allowing for exponential innovation and creativity that advances the entire industry forward. And that’s what I think we’re seeing now in healthcare.

Another topic that continued to have top billing was the patient experience and how we’re falling short of meeting the patient’s definition of and expectations for a high-quality experience. We are realizing a patient’s experience isn’t confined to the medical care they receive or the food service. It’s about their entire experience from scheduling through paying their bill. A key contributor to a patient’s less-than-exceptional experience results from our pre-existing, fractured non-interoperable infrastructure.

This year, the interoperability conversations began to extend beyond meeting the latest regulatory mandate and transaction standards. But instead, a deeper, more thoughtful discussions have emerged around enabling compliant, permissioned data fluidity as the fuel to accelerate efforts like health equity forward. Secure, compliant peer-to-peer data and asset exchange is Avaneer Heath’s reason for being. We are reinventing the business of healthcare for better collaboration, seamless permissioned and real-time information exchange and transactions, lowering costs, and improving experiences.

Finally, as I have the opportunity, once again, to be in-person with people from all types of organizations with a range of roles, I recognize how special and valuable these types of events are to me as a professional and to our caring healthcare profession. Coming together with all of you and the organizations you represent, with the shared goal of improving people’s lives and their health is truly an honor. I left HIMSS 2023 with energy and a renewed sense of hope that we can and will transform U.S. healthcare to be the best in the world.

Mary Butler-Everson
SVP, Commercial Growth
Avaneer Health

In This Issue

Industry News

Interconnectivity, Interoperability, and Reliability Centered Maintenance

Becker’s Healthcare Podcast
Becker’s recently caught up with Mark Treshock, Executive Director of Emerging Technology at CVS Health, to talk about a new federated model of data ownership and data exchange that allows payers and providers to share data without worrying about formatting, errors, and data control. In the podcast, Treshock describes how CVS Health Minute Clinics uses this model to send claims to Aetna and receive back a patient’s final responsibility in a matter of seconds. This allows Minute Clinics to tell patients with 100% certainty what they owe while they’re still at the clinic. And this is just the first of many use cases to come. It’s a genuine game changer that’s now available to any payer or provider who’s interested.
Listen to the podcast

HIMSS23: Health equity could get a boost from interoperability

Healthcare Finance News
When we think of interoperability, we typically think in terms of sharing EHR data between healthcare organizations. This insightful article explores the impact of interoperability on health equity and how it helps bridge the gap between “healthcare delivery, social care delivery, and learning health systems.” In other words, it goes way beyond sharing EHR data; it helps better identify the needs of underserved communities.
Read the article

ViVE 2023: 3 Takeaways from Health IT Leaders on Achieving Digital Transformation Success

HealthTech Magazine
Digital transformation is a broad topic but this article breaks it down, delving into real-world use cases that solve issues every provider can relate to. From the importance of payer data insight to alleviating clinician burnout, customizing the patient experience, and mitigating workforce constraints, you’ll learn proven ways to leverage digital transformation in your organization.
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How the FHIR Data Standard Advances Patient-Centered Care, Healthcare AI Innovation

If you’re unfamiliar with FHIR, what it is, how it works, and its role in transforming healthcare, this article helps make sense of it all. Besides its important place in lowering costs, improving outcomes, and enhancing the patient experience, you’ll learn how FHIR supports innovation throughout our global healthcare ecosystem. “This global standard will empower data scientists to generate more inclusive and accurate AI models to increase the quality of care.”
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Latest FHIR Standard R5 Elevates Data Exchange, Interoperability

EHR Intelligence
It’s finally here. HL7 has released FHIR R5, the fifth major version update and the first release in four years. This article outlines the top enhancements, many of which address feedback from the healthcare community. R5, designated as a “trial use” standard, “maintains mature, normative content from previous releases while integrating improvements prepared for implementation and feedback.”
Read the article

From the Avaneer Blog

What is interoperability in healthcare?

Interoperability is a topic that is increasingly in the spotlight, and rightfully so. Beginning with the push for electronic data interchange (EDI) back in the 1960s, healthcare has been in pursuit of this elusive but vital functionality. In this informative blog, you will learn what the term means, why it’s so urgently needed, how it impacts payers, providers, and patients, and why it’s so difficult to achieve. You’ll also learn about a new type of interoperability that holds promise for completely reinventing the business of healthcare.
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