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● The Next Big Thing

processes so that providers can focus on their patients. T e overall healthcare industry savings is expected to climb to $35 billion over the next fi ve years due to remote patient monitoring, and mobile technologies will play a big role in this shift in healthcare.

J.P. Fingado, President & CEO, API Healthcare t

T e early adopters of workforce management technology are seeing a tremendous value-add to both employees and patients because they have the ability to track, manage and optimize talent using employee

data to predict staffi ng needs in advance. By 2020, this trend will be widespread, signifi cantly reducing hospitals’ labor costs and improving staff transparency. Time and attendance and schedul- ing solutions used in a shared service environment as a result of affi liation and consortiums will also help to control technology investment costs. Additionally, this staffi ng methodology enables clinicians to

improve the process of evaluating patient care needs and making patient/nurse assignments. T is creates an eff ective connection between the caregiver and patient that will ultimately lead to the best possible clinical outcomes and yield positive fi nancial results. T e integration between patient needs data and labor pool resources ensures optimal care delivery. Healthcare organizations that span the continuum of care will be better able to optimize their mobile workforce while keeping labor costs under control. Patients will experience greater consistency in care, regardless of where they are on the continuum. Healthcare organizations will be better managed and fi nd it much easier to mobilize their workforce – and employee satisfaction will improve.

Lenny Reznik, Director of Marketing, Agfa HealthCare Corp.

An enterprise-class IT system that serves the EHR

will result in a multimedia patient imaging record – a single, comprehensive, longitudinal and unifi ed patient record across regions, facilities, departments and specialties. Secure access to images and data from existing tablets, workstations

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Canon U.S.A., Inc., off ers a comprehensive portfolio of healthcare solutions, including digital radiography, eye care, document scanners, multifunction printers, software and professional services. See Canon U.S.A., Inc. at HIMSS14 Booth #829


With a suite of products that integrate into clinical workfl ows, Elsevier Clinical Solutions delivers the content trusted by healthcare professionals throughout your institution. See Elsevier at HIMSS14 Booth #6352


Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image-intensive spe- cialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. See Merge at HIMSS14 Booth #5551


As payer reimbursements change, implementing the SSI Contract Management solution can ensure that your reimbursements are exactly what they should be. T is solution will identify the correct reimburse- ments, give you an easy-to-use workfl ow for appeals, and ultimately increase revenue. See T e SSI Group, Inc. at HIMSS14 Booth #1745


Posifl ex touch screen terminals run virtually any heathcare software sup- porting Patient Self Check-in, Kiosk, Patient Monitoring, Telemedicine and more with a long legacy of reliability for maximum uptime for 24/7 operations. See Posifl ex at HIMSS14 Booth #3483


Get the big picture of visual healthcare with the AGFA ICIS enterprise imaging platform, which encompasses all image-generating devices and departments to provide a comprehensive patient view for providers. See AGFA at HIMSS14 Booth #3549


PhoneTree created the HealthWave Connect automated patient com- munication solution for practices that want easy integration with their practice management software. Connect with patients in a meaningful way using phone, text and email messages to maximize patient com- munication.

See PhoneTree at HIMSS14 Booth #5983 Visit

or other devices anywhere on the network will ultimately lead to more informed clinical decision-making. Exams won’t be repeated, because fi nding older exams will be just a click away. Data from multidisci- plinary departments across the care continuum will be called up on a single screen. In one new scenario, a patient may go to a local emergency room with chest pain after he/she had diagnostic exams and work-ups in multiple locations. Clinicians can access all of those results and images from one location, in context to the local EMR without having to navigate out to various PACS portals, lab systems or disparate electronic content man- agement (ECM) systems. No multiple log-ins, no discs to load, no calls to make; all of the patient information is in the right place at the right time for the clinician to quickly evaluate the patient’s full health record.

In addition to patient care, these technology changes will allow for a

better return on investment for the healthcare providers through better use of IT infrastructure and less administrative overhead. Productivity gains, lower total cost of ownership and improved data security will all be possible with the goal of improved patient outcomes.

Stuart Long, Chief Marketing and Sales Offi cer, Capsule Tech Inc.


I believe that early detection of a variety of medical conditions will reduce acute and sub-acute lengths of stay, reduce co-morbidity rates and allow for early detec-

tion of health issues. As a result, this will reduce a number of issues from ever becoming more severe or chronic conditions. T ese technologies will allow a shift from early detection to early wellness.

Michael Dahlweid, M.D., Ph.D., General Manager, Product Management, GE Healthcare IT True personalized healthcare will allow researchers and


healthcare providers to create and deliver treatments that are fi nely targeted to the individual human being. T is means fewer adverse events. It means that it will be possible to predict which patients will benefi t from a particular treatment – and which will not.


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