A note from Business Edge Task Force Chair

It is hard to believe that HIMSS fiscal year 2017 is over.  It has been a privilege to serve as FY17 chair of the Business Edge Task Force. Reflecting back, FY17 has been a dynamic year in healthcare, and HIMSS Business Edge has covered many of the changes and developments. It seems like ages ago when we faced the unknown future of ICD-10 implementation – which, thanks to the preparation of healthcare teams across the nation, the transition experienced few bumps. Thought leaders across all healthcare stakeholder groups contributed articles to share their knowledge and expertise to help the smooth ICD-10 transition.

Some of the topics Business Edge covered throughout the year include: looking at consumers as the new payer and how to improve the patient financial experience; value-based payment; ACAs and ACOs - the desired and undesired outcomes;  blockchain and machine Learning – what they can do for the healthcare industry and hybrid analytics for point of care clinical decision support and research – just to name a few! The fine work of HIMSS task forces was highlighted including Clinical and Business Intelligence, Alternative Payment Models (APM), and Revenue Cycle Improvement. Interviews with industry leaders –providers, payers, vendors, consultants and other stakeholders – shared their perspective and viewpoints based on their own experiences – good or bad, they offered to share lessons learned. 

In this last issue of HIMSS Business Edge, I wish to acknowledge and thank the Business Edge Task Force members from FY17 and previous years, who have taken time out of their busy days to brainstorm on future topics, write articles, and conduct interviews. Serving on this task force was educational and fun. And finally, thanks to our fabulous HIMSS leadership: Pam Jodock who created the headline articles for each of our monthly issues, and Joanne Bartley for organizing our task force meetings and schedules, article backlogs, writers, and publishing.

It has been an honor to work with this group of thought leaders in the healthcare industry, and I plan to continue playing a role in HIMSS initiatives and task forces. 

About the author:  Leading the healthcare IT advisory practice at Optimity Advisors, Ron’s experience ranges across healthcare organization segments including health plan, pharmacy, provider, government, and health management services. Ron has 30 years of management consulting experience including Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini, Accenture, and Navigant Consulting. Ron also serves on the HIMSS Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force.