Focused and aggressive best describe the tone of the Allscripts Client Experience 2013 (ACE13) conference at McCormick Place in Chicago two weeks ago. As a long-time Allscripts partner, Discharge 1-2-3 joined nearly 4,500 other clients, staff, partners, and industry representatives to share priorities, plans, and ideas for improving system performance and compliance. We came away impressed.
Allscripts President and CEO Paul Black laid out the firm’s five areas of primary focus during his address:
- Meaningful Use Stage 2 compliance.
- ICD-10 implementation.
- Integration of solutions and data.
- Making the next upgrade much stronger than the current version.
- Innovation in all areas.
In addition to imparting new organizational goals, other major themes for the conference included population health, interoperability, and analytics. Keynote speakers Rasu Shrestha, MD, Vice President of Medical Information Technology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Vinay Vaidya, MD, Vice President and CMIO of Phoenix Children’s, shared examples of how their institutions were using data to improve consumer empowerment and patient safety, respectively.
“He who tames the data, wins,” said Dr Shrestha. We couldn’t agree more.