It’s hard to believe that in just ten days, we’ll be kicking off HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. This will be my fifth consecutive HIMSS event, and based on my experience, I would recommend bringing good walking shoes because the HIMSS exhibit floor stretches nearly a mile long and really gives attendees an opportunity to get moving!

Another energizing aspect of HIMSS is that it gets me thinking outside the box and excited about driving innovation back to support MRO’s clients. The show is so large and diverse that it offers a unique chance to witness and understand new technology happening outside of our normal business.

I invite you to approach this upcoming HIMSS with the same perspective, especially considering changes occurring in healthcare right now.

Shift from Meaningful Use to PHI Privacy and Security
With Meaningful Use hype dying down, I expect the buzz at this year’s event will be around Protected Health Information (PHI) privacy and security, and other priorities that have moved to the forefront. For privacy and security, it’s not just safeguarding against cyberattacks, but also around data integrity and protecting PHI from being inappropriately accessed or disclosed.

HIMSS16 is the perfect place to learn about new technologies that can help solve these challenges and meet like-minded individuals in the industry. A great place to learn is during the many education sessions available throughout the conference or through more intimate group discussions. You can also take advantage of the numerous networking opportunities and events, including receptions, award galas, community events and more.

Learn about Innovative Technology
You will find MRO’s HIMSS16 booth at #6454, where we’ll be showcasing several new and updated technologies we offer that address emerging PHI privacy and security issues.

For example, there you can learn about IdentiScan®, our solution that helps ensure record integrity and prevent data breaches. The application uses optical character recognition technology to assist healthcare organizations in locating misfiled pages within record sets so they can be corrected.

You can also learn about MROeLink®, a suite of platform integrations for Release of Information (ROI) that automates ROI process steps. The application offers a direct synchronization between MRO’s PHI disclosure management platform, ROI Online®, and the ROI module within the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system to improve efficiency and accuracy, allowing clients to reap the full benefits of both systems. The result of this integration is that users no longer need to worry about dual data entry or completing so many ROI steps manually. Not only can MROeLink cut ROI processing time in half, but it also helps eliminate manual errors.

MRO also offers a number of innovative electronic information exchange solutions, including Direct Secure Messaging, which is a secure alternative to faxing documentation that contains PHI. In fact, we will be presenting about how MRO has partnered with Kno2 and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to drive care coordination from fax to Direct at our booth Tuesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. You can get more details on our website.

We hope you stop by booth #6454 at HIMSS16 to see how we’re using innovation to safeguard PHI everywhere it goes.