Blog Post February 21, 2014 HIMSS14: Showcasing the Latest and Greatest in Health Information Technology Authors Molly Oehmichen Health and technology professionals from around the world are migrating to Orlando, Florida, for the 2014 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference. This year the conference takes place February 23 to 27 and is focused on trending topics including clinical & business intelligence, ICD-10, meaningful use, and patient engagement.The HIMSS conference is known to attract over 30,000 attendees and is frequently a launching point for new technologies and industry trends. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to provide the keynote address and newly appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, will be discussing the future of health information technology with her predecessors, Dr. David Brailer, Dr. Robert Kolodner, and Dr. Farzad Mostashari.If you are attending the event in person or planning to follow along on Twitter, HIMSS recommends preparing a schedule of sessions and events to attend in advance. Our own Michelle Holmes will be presenting, along with David G. Schoolcraft, J.D., on the legalities and operational considerations behind the Stark law exception and Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbor allowing EHR donations on Wednesday, February 26. Follow Michelle on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn for her updates throughout the conference.Using Stark/Anti-Kickback To Support Hospital/Physician IT Alignment StrategiesFebruary 26, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ETIn 2006, an exception to the Stark/Anti-Kickback laws permitted hospitals and providers to enter into technology donation arrangements. Following the flurry of technology contracts ignited by the EHR Incentive Programs, CMS proposed extending these exceptions. This presentation provides a management overview and legal opinion of the key considerations. Session details.Additionally, I will be moderating two sessions on mobile health, a topic ECG continues to focus and expand on. The sessions are back-to-back on Monday, February 24. Connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter to discuss #mHealth and the changing face of healthcare IT.Securing Patient Data in a Mobilized WorldFebruary 24, 2014 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ETMore devices, more bad actors, and more data in digital form mean more risk to patient data and healthcare organizations. HIPAA mobility requirements are firm, and failure to comply is pricey. It has never been more important to deploy the right policies, processes, and security tools to protect patient data. Session details.ACO Driven Remote Patient Monitoring: Trends and ConceptsFebruary 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ETRemote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solutions enable healthcare organizations to remotely monitor and manage patients with chronic conditions. Future growth will include value based monitoring of patient engagement to redefine patient care. Use of integrated social analytics will focus companies toward integrated EHR solutions demonstrations of the best models for healthcare. Session details.Several other members of our ECG team will also be attending the HIMSS conference this year, including Jason Meaux and Asif Shah Mohammed. We hope to see you there!