Once again, as has become custom, I sat down with HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber at the organization’s Chicago headquarters the week before the annual HIMSS conference to discuss the conference as well as important trends and issues in the health IT industry. I did the interview Monday.
Here it is late Friday and I’m finally getting around to posting the interview, but it’s still in plenty of time for you to listen before you get on your flight to New Orleans for HIMSS13, which starts Monday but which really gets going with pre-conference activities on Sunday. At the very least, you have time to download the podcast and listen on the plane or even in the car on the way to the airport. As a bonus, the audio quality is better than usual.
Podcast details: Interview with HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber about HIMSS13 and the state of health IT. Recorded Feb. 25, 2013, at HIMSS HQ in Chicago. MP3, stereo, 128 kbps, 46.0 MB. Running time: 50:17.
1:00 Industry growth and industry consolidation
3:45 Why Dr. Eric Topol is keynoting
6:00 New Orleans as a HIMSS venue
6:50 Changes at HIMSS13, including integration of HIT X.0 into the main conference
8:55 Focus on the patient experience
9:35 Global Health Forum and other “conferences within a conference”
13:00 Criticisms of meaningful use, EHRs and health IT in general
17:00 Progress in the last five years
20:45 Healthcare reform, including payment reform
22:30 Why private payers haven’t demanded EHR usage since meaningful use came along
23:50 Payers and data
26:28 Potential for delay of 2015 penalties for not meeting meaningful use
29:15 Benefits of EHRs
30:40 Progress on interoperability between EHRs and medical devices
32:52 Efficiency gains from health IT
35:27 Home-based monitoring in the framework of accountable care
36:55 Consumerism in healthcare
39:40 Accelerating pace of change
41:10 Entrepreneurs, free markets and the economics of healthcare
43:25 Informed, empowered patients and consumer outreach
46:30 Fundamental change in care delivery