Foundations for Innovation

HIMSS22 Conference Session Summary

This article is part of an extended series summarizing discussions at recent healthcare conferences about improving health equity through technology. This session summary contains details on the HIMSS22 Conference. You can read our conference overview and find links to all articles here.

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Foundations for Innovation

Description

As the healthcare industry comes up for air after two years of constant fire drills and pivots, many organizations are taking stock and reassessing their organizational foundations. A lot has changed since the pandemic and in order to meet lofty transformation goals and thoughtfully implement the plethora of emerging technologies out there, we must first ensure there is a strong foundation to build on. Hear from top healthcare leaders as they share what their organizations are doing as they consider how to optimally use financial resources, implement new business practices, and technologies to address the problems.

Speakers

Key Points

Data

  • It’s impossible to make a difference on health equity gaps without data, but there are still information silos between payers, providers, pharmacies, and community groups.
  • We need to collect data in standardized ways and then use that data to solve targeted problems.
  • We also need good data beyond healthcare including accurate race and ethnicity information.
  • Atrium Health’s program Community Immunity for All uses GIS dashboards to minimize gaps in health outcomes between higher and lower income communities. Going forward, Atrium Health will continue to leverage this data for actionable impact.

Health Equity

  • Equity equals personal experience (i.e. ease of access) plus affordability (i.e. reducing cost structure through technology)
  • The inequities that occur with pregnant black women is an unacceptable data point. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health found that the maternal mortality rate (deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth) among non-Hispanic Black women was 3.5 times higher than among non-Hispanic white women in the U.S. Learn more about efforts to reduce the racial divide in maternal health here.

Person-Centric Healthcare

  • Healthcare needs to move beyond being patient or member centric to becoming PERSON centered.
  • Historically, the person has gone to the system; when someone is sick, they go to the doctor. We need to think about ways to bring the system to the person.

You can read a summary of all our 2022 healthcare conference coverage here, or check out specific coverage of each conference:

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