NASHVILLE – A rapidly approaching paradigm shift toward increased mobile health care delivery will have tremendous implications for the health care industry and the providers, clinicians, patients and technology suppliers involved in the continuum of care as illustrated by a diverse panel of experts.
“HCA’s mission to provide quality patient care is being met in part by enabling physicians and ancillary clinicians to access vital real-time patient information remotely,” said HCA Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Divya Shroff. “We are also using wireless applications to provide patients the data they need to make important decisions about their care. This is an exciting time to be in healthcare as the boundaries of technology are being expanded upon daily.”
Nashville Health Care Council members joined attendees at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Summit of the Southeast to hear first-hand perspectives on the possibilities and challenges presented as web experiences and mobile applications become more prevalent in the delivery of care and consumer engagement in health and well-being.
“Nashville has a proven track record of unparalleled expertise in both clinical health care services and information technology development,” said Council President Caroline Young. “Our community is uniquely positioned to offer innovative and credible mobile solutions to aid in this wireless transformation.”
Moderated by HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, An Unwired World: Implications on the Delivery of Care, presented by the Council in partnership with the Tennessee HIMSS Chapter, included speakers Chris Cartter, general manager of MeYou Health, Chad Harris, president of the Healthcare Provider Solutions Group at ACS, A Xerox Company, Paul McRae, executive director of AT&T Healthcare Emerging Technologies and Divya Shroff, MD, FHM, chief clinical transformation officer and vice president of the Clinical Services Group at HCA.
“Patient and consumer engagement are key factors in changing behaviors and improving health,” said Cartter. “Mobile and web experiences successfully encourage individuals to get involved in their own well-being through technology that they enjoy and they are comfortable with.”
View speaker interviews below.
Panel members agreed that the unwiring of care has the potential to reduce the cost of health care. “With government and other stakeholders more aligned around using health data, technology providers are now offering cutting-edge tools that take information management and clinical administration to a new level of efficiency and accuracy at a lower cost,” Harris added.
McRae continued, “There has been a complete transformation in the way we communicate and the way we expect to be communicated with, and increased mobile usage, including diverse populations and age groups, will go hand in hand with an increased demand for mobile health care delivery.”
Healthcare Management Systems served as Presenting Sponsor of the program with Cumberland Consulting Group as Supporting Sponsor.
About the Nashville Health Care Council
The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates over 400,000 jobs and more than $70 billion in annual revenue, and is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit www.healthcarecouncil.com.