HIMSS Connected Health Community Builds Resources for the Industry


CHICAGO (November 9, 2015) – The Connected Health Community addresses one of the most innovative areas in the health IT space, partnering with patients in a digital, interactive healthcare environment that extends beyond the physical space of the hospital and clinic. HIMSS recognizes the growing importance of connected health and its ability to move care towards an Anytime, Anywhere approach. The community works to equip healthcare providers, consumers, and industry leaders with thought leadership and resources to advance the industry and support the triple aim of healthcare: improving outcomes, decreasing cost, while improving quality.

“The community offers an opportunity to hear other organization’s real, “on the ground” lessons learned from their experiences using digital tools to partner with and engage customers, patients, and caregivers. These experiences can be an important vehicle for transforming the experience of care and shifting healthcare cultures.” Jan K Oldenburg, HIMSS Connected Health Committee, Co-Chair Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP

“Connected health is evolving in the maturing mobile device ecosystem. Measuring patient satisfaction with portals will hopefully help us learn what keeps patients engaged. With remote patient monitoring and Telehealth solutions becoming more prevalent, measuring patient engagement and outcomes, including care coordination and cost savings, will be vital to these technologies' success.” Brian Rothman, MD, HIMSS Connected Health Committee, Co-Chair Medical Director Perioperative Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Ahead of the Connected Health Conference, the community released the following resources to help the industry address many of the challenges facing healthcare providers today:

  1. Designing an eVisit: This resource provides an understanding of how mobile technology can be aligned to address today’s healthcare industry challenges around access. Developed by the HIMSS Connected Health Community, this information offers considerations to address while implementing a virtual visit or “eVisit” program.
  2. Connected Health Case Studies: The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates: The Medical Faculty Associates’ ConnectER Program is a telehealth service for George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department follow-up visits. This program is designed to leverage telehealth for increased continuity of patient care, quality of care, patient engagement, and operational efficiency after a patient receives treatment in the emergency room. Providers from George Washington will be reviewing this program during the Population Health Summit. UPMC Health System: UPMC has learned to maximize the value of its telehealth technology in non-traditional ways. What started with two high-need clinical services- telestroke and telepsych visits- now spans over 34 subspecialty clinical areas and provides coordinated access to patient care across both in-patient, out-patient, acute care, and direct to consumer services. Representatives will cover approaches to benchmarking the adoption of telehealth and connected health technologies during their session at the mHealth Summit.
  3. Connected Health Experience at HIMSS16 and Pre-Conference Focus on Connected Health: Connected health has evolved and expanded – and so has HIMSS16 educational programming with a centralized destination experience for connected and wireless technologies. The Connected Health Experience combines the Connected Patient Gallery, Mobile Health Knowledge Center, Games for Health and a new focus on telehealth, all within one centralized location. Looking for a deep dive on emerging topics in Connected Health? Consider registering for the pre-conference event at HIMSS16. Attendees will gain insight into healthcare's global shift toward meaningful tools that are available "anytime and anywhere." This shift occurs when personal and community health is improved, and individuals and providers have access to integrated data, tools that bring insights and support action.
  4. Developments and Trends in Connected Health: Results from the HIMSS Connected Health survey will be released during HIMSS16. Key early findings include:
  • Mobile optimized patient portals (53.3%) are shown to be the most measured related to impact on patient satisfaction.
  • The use of remote patient monitoring (ranked 6.20 of 7.0), followed by both types of telehealth (audio visual/FFS 5.96 out of 7.0; telehealth concierge services 5.81 out of 7.0) support how the industry leverages connected health. The perceived benefits include the supplemental extension of care and as a means to decrease the need for admissions and readmissions.
  • SMS Texting (84.6%) and telehealth (audio visual Fee For Service 82.4%) ranked highest related to the value of connected health for coordination of care. These are simple yet effective tools for provider-to-provider and provider-to-patient communication.
  • Patient generated health data (81%) and remote patient monitoring (80.5%) both follow closely as tools for coordination of care. Both represent ways for patients to be engaged in their own healthcare.

To learn more about HIMSS’s efforts surrounding patient engagement, and connected health, visit the HIMSS Booth #503 on the exhibit floor at the Connected Health Conference. At the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, learn more about Continua, the leading organization convening global technology industry standards to develop end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity for personal connected health. Continua, mHealth Summit and HIMSS are founding members of the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), representing the consumer voice in personal connected health.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 61,000 individuals, of which 79% work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 400 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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