How healthcare is provided and paid for in the United States is clearly moving in a new direction. Federal policies and many industry leaders are promoting a healthcare system where providers’ payments will increasingly be based on the quality care of care that they give instead of the current fee-for-service system. Payment models based on the value of care delivered instead of usage are already having major impacts on the healthcare sector. Some issues created by the changing landscape include: how do payers determine the best ways to achieve effective and cost-efficient payment models, what will be the impact of the new payment models on fraud and improper payments and how will technology investments in electronic health record systems along with greater patient involvement in their health, change how healthcare is provided? This track will explore the transformation taking place across government and commercial healthcare, show how cost savings and improved patient outcomes can be realized through the use of analytics, mobility and other IT investments and demonstrate ways to help ensure that appropriate privacy and security safeguards are in place to protect personal health information in this changing environment.
10:50 - 11:20 AM
Fireside Chat: The Challenges of Implementing Payment Reform
This session will discuss how payment reforms are changing the traditional healthcare models and the role of new technologies can play in helping to facilitate those changes. The focus of payment reform initiatives is to move healthcare away from the traditional fee-for-service system to a performance based system that links payment to the quality and efficiency of care provided. Today payers and providers face major challenges in dealing with an increasingly hybrid system of payment with multiple new care models. This session will discuss the challenges of the rapidly changing environment but also the opportunities that new technologies can provide through better data analytics and other tools to create a better US health system.
Vice President, Healthcare and Civilian Agencies, Sales and Distribution, IBM
Director, Accountable Care Organizations, and Seamless Care Models Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Empowering a new age of Personalized Medicine
Your DNA can now be used by your doctor to treat your health more precisely. With the incredible advances in sequencing technology and science, healthcare systems are now beginning to bring genome-informed medicine into the clinic. This session will provide an overview on the state of the personalized medicine market and a case study from Coriell Life Sciences, a commercial partner providing services that use DNA to help doctors to know what drugs will be effective for their patients. Coriell has partnered with IBM to create the necessary cloud infrastructure needed to handle the massive data custodial, security and interpretation challenges that are presented in a whole genome sequencing world. This technology has recently been launched within a large national managed care organization where medication management, adverse reactions and wasted pharmaceutical spending are priority concerns.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Coriell Life Sciences
12:45 - 1:15 PM
Mobility— Improving Patient Outcomes and Provider Services
In recent years, the healthcare industry has seen a dramatic increase in the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets among patients and healthcare providers. New technologies and applications are helping organizations lower costs and provide better quality of care to patients. Healthcare organizations, including hospitals, physicians and nurses, are using mobile devices to access medical records, submit prescriptions and treat and diagnose illnesses. Mobile health technologies help to improve patient communication, access and compliance. This session will delve into how healthcare providers are implementing mobile solutions to improve patient care while addressing key security issues and the need to protect sensitive healthcare information.
Senior Project Manager, Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM
Dr. Joseph Ronzio
Health System Specialist, Staff Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs
1:25 - 1:55 PM
Healthcare-Specific Data Security and Privacy
As millions of new patients enter the U.S. healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act, patient records and other PII have become a key target of identity theft. IT security experts commonly cite several top threats, including unproven security in the health insurance marketplaces, criminal attacks, employee negligence and unsecured mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. Patient records contain personal identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive health information that is highly sought after by criminals. Current estimates suggest that data breaches cost healthcare organizations $5.6 billion annually. Healthcare organizations must comply with federal privacy and security guidelines in their efforts to better safeguard patient information, but most lack the necessary resources to address the scope and seriousness of the threats. In addition the investigation of such breaches is extremely complex and cost intensive. This session examines the challenges that healthcare organizations face and the steps they can take to protect themselves against data breaches and ensure the safety of sensitive patient information. In addition IBM Incident Forensics provides a means to allow healthcare organizations to determine security events through our intelligence platform and then investigate the event quickly, efficiently and thoroughly.
John W. Lainhart IV
Partner, Cybersecurity & Privacy, IBM Global Business Services
Research Strategist, X-Force Research and Development, IBM
2:15 - 2:45 PM
Watson in Healthcare
Data is doubling every five years, yet the majority of doctors report spending five or fewer hours per week reading medical journals. Cognitive Systems can help fill a critical void in healthcare by acting as the ultimate medical assistant; ingesting and understanding massive volumes of medical literature and putting it to work for better patient outcomes. This new era of computing provides agencies with the capability to move beyond programmatic computing and unlock massive amounts of unstructured data and develop hypotheses based on analytics. For healthcare, cognitive computing systems allow medical professionals to rethink how healthcare is taught, researched, practiced, and paid. This session will explore how Cognitive Systems accelerate medical and life sciences research, help oncologists make more evidence-based cancer treatment decisions and hospital administrators improve their matching process between patients and clinical trials.
Robert S. Merkel
Healthcare & Life Sciences Leader, IBM Watson Group
2:55 - 3:25 PM
Analytics in Federal and Commercial Healthcare: Leveraging Assets, Gaining Insights
Analytics have become more important than ever for both federal and commercial health organizations. Meaningful use (MU) requirements and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Triple Aim are pushing health organizations to improve population health management (PHM), reduce costs and achieve higher quality, more patient-centered care. To accomplish these goals, however, public and private healthcare organizations nationwide will need to leverage their EMRs to collect and aggregate more thorough data, and ultimately make better use of that data through more sophisticated and robust analytics. To better understand the use of analytics and its opportunities within the federal healthcare market, HIMSS Analytics partnered with IBM to conduct a series of executive interviews of several federal health agencies. During this session, a summary of results from those interviews will be presented – showing pockets of excellence within these agencies' analytics programs and best practices on how technological capabilities and organizational structures can be advanced.
Chief Medical Information Officer, Federal GBS, IBM
Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS