For anyone who may have missed it—HIMSS was bigger, brighter and better attended than ever this year, with more than 40,000 industry members onsite and a record-breaking number of 1,300 exhibitors showcasing their offerings.

According to Steve Leiber, HIMSS President and CEO, the major theme at this year’s event was “Connected Healthcare.”  Delivering a post-event analysis, he specifically he cited the trend towards a more connected ecosystem of primary care and specialty providers, private practices and hospitals, and patients and families predicated on more standards-based IT systems. Terms like continuity-of-care, coordination-of-care, continuity of care documents (CCDs) and population health echoed throughout the hallways of McCormick Place.

None of this came as a surprise to the IDS team because our products have been in the forefront of these trends for some time.  Just look back through this blog and you’ll find plenty of proof.  We have highlighted the benefits of our AbbaDox interoperability cloud, flexible multi-format reporting systems, standards-based EHR, physician portals, patient portals and much more.  Most of these products are ongoing offerings that are continually updated to keep pace with new technological developments.  Given that, they bring the power of proven marketplace performance to purchasers.  Additionally, many have been developed or refined in consultation with actual users rather than by isolated IT teams not in contact with the real world practice of medicine. Newcomers just jumping on the HIMSS Connected Healthcare bandwagon can’t make such claims.

As we walked through the HIMSS aisles, new offerings tailored for accountable care organizations (ACOs), Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Hospital Delivery Organizations and multi-site hospitals to eliminate healthcare IT incompatibilities also abounded.

In this space, IDS continues to offer its cloud-based AbbaDox Exchange interoperability platform that facilitates data sharing and viewing across disparate electronic health record (EHR) and other IT systems, while automating processes and workflow.  AbbaDox Exchange automatically transmits a full range of data, including clinical summaries and reports, links to medical images, lab reports, patient visit status updates and complete patient EHR files.  After acquisition, the subscribing facility’s information transparently flows to the AbbaDox cloud platform.  Based on information in the files, it is then transformed as required for the recipient’s system and forwarded.  After viewing, the EHR-ready communication can be saved in IDS’s cloud-based clinical data repository or an onsite archive compatible with the referrer’s EHR or other IT system.  It is a comprehensive system few vendors can match.

That the HIMSS meeting is growing while other, more specialized events appear to be shrinking suggests that the departmental and practice-specific barriers of healthcare IT are breaking down.  Vendors with broader product offerings—or at least with touch points that extend beyond a single specialty—want to play to the larger audience at HIMSS, and they are coming in droves.  IDS has been there for some time.