HEALTH 2.0 13TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE | SANTA CLARA, CA | SEPT. 16-18, 2019

Interoperability Emerges as a Key Theme at HIMSS19

By Heather Munro, freelance writer focusing on emerging technology.

Whether they were pitching their products, networking with potential investors, or soaking up industry insights, healthtech startups and entrepreneurs attending HIMSS19 last week were exposed to the latest news and trends influencing the disruption of healthcare.

After years of efforts to make data sharing across systems and devices easier, interoperability emerged as a key theme of the global conference. Most notably, HHS unveiled a new rule requiring healthcare providers and plans to implement open data sharing technologiesto to support transitions of care as patients move between plan types.

In addition to announcements designed to break down silos between different providers, big cloud vendors such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon shared their plans to help make interoperability a reality. With systems expected to become more interoperable, the effects on patient engagement and the consumerization of healthcare were naturally hot topics as well.

To dive deeper into conference highlights, read Interoperability, cloud, consumerization were hot topics at HIMSS19 on MobiHealthNews.

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