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Patient Advocacy: An Important Theme During HIMSS18

Five days filled with hundreds of educational sessions, jam-packed show floors filled with sights of the latest digital innovations in action; nearly 44,000 attendees total. The HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition attracted an audience filled with diversity this year, from engineers to cybersecurity professionals to informaticists and beyond – all eager to learn about the latest developments in health information and technology. What could nearly 44,000 people with such wide-ranging professions and differing backgrounds possibly have in common? Of course – mostly, we are all patients and active consumers of our own healthcare.

During the HIMSS18 Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit, Johnathan Wiik of Transunion Healthcare stated that “Chronic disease represents 90 percent of healthcare costs.”

For patients like Amanda Greene, otherwise known as @LALupusLady, this isn’t only a statistic but an everyday reality she faces. She’s lived with Lupus for 35 years now. During the summit, she made excellent points for the case of the patient.

“I have one driver’s license and one social security card – so why don’t I have one medical record?”

View the HIMSS TV clip below featuring Amanda Greene as she advocates for patients at HIMSS18:

 

Learn more in this PCHAlliance blog post