Accelerate Health shines a light on the bold thinking needed to transform care delivery and drive what’s next for health, exploring the grit it takes to make big change happen in healthcare. Listen each week as HIMSS Executive Director of Health Innovation, Kerry Amato and fellow industry co-hosts have timely discussions with changemakers and disruptors who are walking the cutting edge of healthcare, shaping the health tech industry in new and innovative ways. Featured co-hosts include Robert Havasy, Managing Director of PCHAlliance and Senior Director of Connected Health at HIMSS, and Indu Subaiya, President of Catalyst and Senior Advisor to HIMSS
HIMSS 22 Startup Spotlight - Babson Diagnostics
As part of the HIMSS 22 Startup Spotlight series, we speak with Eric Olsen, Founder, COO and Chairman of Babson Diagnostics. Babson is revolutionizing the testing experience for customers, bringing clinical, laboratory grade testing to more locations and using smaller samples than traditional diagnostic testing. In this conversation we explore a bit of Babson's history, what they are changing about the customer experience, and what the diagnostics industry is feeling in the fallout from Theranos. Be sure to visit Babson at HIMSS 22 in Orlando.
HIMSS 22 Startup Spotlight - Skyflow
As part of the HIMSS 22 Startup Spotlight series, we speak with Anshu Sharma, Co-Founder and CEO of Skyflow. Skyflow provides an API for secure information exchange, protecting user information while still allowing for effective authentication and data use. Please join us as we hear how Skyflow was founded and the problem they have set out to solve for the healthcare industry. And be sure to visit Skyflow at HIMSS 22 in Orlando.
Nursing Informatics - New Series #1 - Information Blocking (Cerner Interview)
The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) was signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016. The bipartisan legislation has provisions for the development and delivery of drugs and medical devices, acceleration of research into serious illnesses, addressing the opioid crisis, and improving mental health services. High impact provisions relevant to healthcare providers, health IT developers, and patients focus on improving health information access and exchange.
In this episode, guest host Melanie Turner, Associate Vice President of Application Services at UAB Health speaks with John Travis, the Vice President for Regulatory Research and Strategy with Cerner Corporation. This episode features perspectives from a Health IT vendor and health care provider regarding the changes that the law requires, focused in particular on the Information Blocking rules recently promulgated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to support the Cures Act.
Accelerate Nursing Informatics - Part 2 (of 2)
In the first episode of 2022, the Accelerate Health team again turns the microphone over to a guest host for the second installment of our three-part series on Nursing Informatics. In this episode, Regina Wysocki, Senior Clinical Informatics Specialist at Texas Children's Hospital and member of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee interviews her colleague Kaitlin Perera, a Clinical Informatics Specialist at Texas Children's.
Kaitlin tells us about her journey from nursing into the informatics specialty, and tells a tale relatable to many IT professionals: an interest and knack for using technology helped her become a super-user of a new system, and that first step opened up a whole new career path.
Kaitlin talks about her first-hand experience with some of the core issues facing clinicians, including moving between hospitals that use different EHRs and losing accumulated super-user experience and the efficiency that it brings. Later in the interview, Regina and Kaitlin discuss continuing education and how there comes a level in one's career where some advanced training or an advanced degree in informatics becomes a requirement.
Finally, the interview explores a bit about how individuals can help drive change within an organization and how technology is becoming pervasive in healthcare and is increasingly at the center of the care experience.
Accelerate Nursing Informatics - Part 1 (of 2)
In this episode, we begin a three-part exploration of Nursing Informatics as a career and a profession. The series begins with Dr. Angela Ross interviewing Dr. Nelita Iuppa about her career path and trajectory in nursing informatics. Health and medical informatics is the science of how to use data, information, and knowledge to improve human health and the delivery of health care services. Both Dr. Ross and Dr. Iuppa are members of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community Steering Committee.
This series is intended to highlight the roles of informaticists in clinical care and highlight the critical need for informaticists as healthcare continues its digital transformation. Nurse informaticists play a critical role in healthcare's digital transformation, continuing their traditional role as the primary human interface between patients and the rest of the healthcare system. No other career offers an opportunity to so directly apply technology in a compassionate and patient-centered way.
Dr. Iuppa begins by reminding us that, while technology can be learned, nurse informaticists bring their clinical skills and compassion to their roles in ways that other informaticists can't. Dr. Iuppa describes her education and the path she took to her current role, including early formal education that laid a foundation for building her career. She discusses the role of mentors and mentoring, and how important it is to care for the colleagues around you.
The episode concludes with a discussion of some of the challenges that nurses can face in an informatics career and also the joys of having a dual role in the exciting frontier of technology alongside the traditional caring role that nurses everywhere fill.
Accelerate Conversational Agents - With Israel Krush, CEO of Hyro.ai
In this episode, host Rob Havasy speaks with Israel Krush, the co-founder and CEO of Hyro.ai, a company producing AI-based conversation agent technology. Hyro was a featured company in the HIMSS 21 startup showcase, but came to Rob's attention when he saw a large sign at the Hyro booth that said, "Chatbots Suck!" Intrigued, he struck up a conversation and this interview is the ultimate result.
The interview begins with a founder's lesson in managing complexity as Israel discusses standardizing their model around one single EHR system with the right integration points, rather than struggling to manage complex integrations while also trying to perfect conversation AI technology.
The conversation then turns to the evolution of conversation agent tech - from its early research in the first part of the 2000s to its growing deployment in call centers today. Part of this is understanding the role of emotions in guiding the outcome of human-to-human conversations versus human-to-machine conversations, including the understanding that chatbots, by and large, are focused on a task and aren't distracted or swayed by emotional connections to the callers they interact with.
The conversation winds up by taking a look at how COVID not only changed the demand for tools like conversation agents among hospitals but whether or not changing workforce pressures have made permanent changes to the market dynamics. Then about how hospitals can use effective and efficient agents to demonstrate to patients that they have competent IT systems. And it ends with an anecdote about what voice styles might prove to be more effective in real lif use.