Discover patient engagement at the Connected Patient Learning Gallery

By Frank Irving
01:07 PM
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The Connected Patient Learning Gallery, new to HIMSS14, will give attendees an up-close look at technology tools that can help providers successfully engage with patients. The area will highlight health IT and mobile products and services addressing communication, education and the transaction management aspects of provider-patient engagement.

Located in Hall A, Booth 2383, the gallery will feature themed interactive kiosks showcasing health IT products and services in the following areas:

  • Health Management — patient portal technologies facilitate wellness and prevention as well as chronic disease management.
  • Behavioral and Social Health — featuring fitness, weight management and community health technologies.
  • Financial Health — exploring medical banking and payment technologies
  • Home Health —  featuring at-home and telemedicine technologies for caregivers and patients.

The gallery will also host ongoing theater-style educational sessions, 20 to 30 minutes each, throughout exhibit hours on Feb. 24-26. The presentation format will alternate between video case studies, live sessions with expert speakers and interactive polling, and competitive, trivia-style games related to patient engagement products and services.

John Sharp, senior manager of consumer health IT for HIMSS, said the displays and educational content are geared toward providers pursuing meaningful use Stage 2 attestation, particularly the patient engagement portion of that effort.

"Many providers have completed their EHR implementation, but have not taken the second step of creating a personal health record or a patient portal," explained Sharp. "But the other part of the challenge is the meaningful use requirement for secure messaging. Providers may have purchased the technology, but have not yet integrated it into their workflow."

The demonstration area will illustrate how such technology can fit into the typical workflow of a medical practice or other provider organization.

A special Tweetup/Meetup, will also provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about using social media as a patient engagement tool.

In addition, participants in the HIMSS14 Wellness Challenge, through which attendees can manage their own wellness by using an activity tracker, will be featured daily in the Learning Gallery.