Along with interoperability, mobile solutions and new digital technologies will be among the biggest foci of the upcoming HIMSS conference (Feb. 20-24) in Orlando, Fla. We’ll be hosting an executive breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on mHealth’s ever evolving role in achieving Meaningful Use. And the health IT fair will showcase new mobile products from RIM, Sprint Nextel, and Siemens, which is teaming up with Enterasys.
NaviNet, which specializes in online communications between physician practices and health plans, will unveil its first set of mobile products since acquiring Prematics last fall. Prematics, which started with e-prescribing software subsidized by health plans, now offers clinical messaging and care management platforms, as well. NaviNet has integrated these patient information capabilities with its own revenue cycle management solution and connections with health insurers.
Health plans will also be represented at HIMSS through recent acquisitions of health information exchange (HIE) vendors. Axolotl, which was purchased by United subsidiary Ingenix, and Medicity, now part of Aetna, both will have a presence. Ingenix also will be touting its acquisitions of Picis, A-Life Medical and Executive Healthcare Records.
Also of interest on the exhibition floor will be the emergence of the “digital pen” technology, which promises to make it easier for physicians to document visits in electronic health records. Shareable Ink, already being used in many emergency departments, is about to announce a deal with a major ambulatory EHR vendor. Anoto, another digital pen firm, describes outpatient EHR vendor NextGen as its partner.