Velocity is a HIMSS Gold Member and recently exhibited at HIMSS14, the largest healthcare IT educational conference, produced by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  
 
Much has been written about the strategic role Information Technology has assumed within organizations. IT not only enables businesses to run more efficiently, but more than ever, is facilitating major business innovation and transformation. Healthcare CIOs and their teams know this well, working urgently to support a number of sweeping, industry-changing initiatives, including the shift to electronic healthcare records driven by the Affordable Care Act, and a major overhaul in the way medical diagnoses are coded, expanding the code set from 13,000 to 68,000 with a cascading impact across IT systems and personnel.
 
This transformative role of IT was a central theme at this year’s HIMSS14 conference. And, its importance was underscored by the list of high-level speakers who advocated this theme at the event. For example:
 
  • Hillary Clinton spoke about the need to drive greater transparency, using IT, into treatment costs and effectiveness so consumers can make better informed decisions about their healthcare.
  • The National Coordinator of Healthcare Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, discussed the imperative for interoperable systems to ensure data can be shared among healthcare entities in order to improve patient care.
  • Aetna CEO Marc Bertolini highlighted ways in which technology can be used to reduce costs and support a “new foundation for health,” characterized by aligned incentives among stakeholders, well-defined care plans for the chronically ill, and investments in wellness programs to proactively prevent healthcare issues.
Common among all the speeches was the sentiment that the industry is undergoing a transformation, and healthcare IT is essential to making it happen.
 
Healthcare is one of the largest vertical markets Velocity serves, and the ways in which we support our customers every day similarly reflects their transformation initiatives:
 
  • We enable customers to accelerate EHR “meaningful use” through rapid deployment of clinical applications, such as those from EpicTM Systems. We also develop and manage several interfaces that ensure integration among applications and interoperability between systems our customers run, whether managed by Velocity or on premise. We recently shared some of Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center’s achievements in these areas.
  • We invest in delivering exceptional application compliance and resiliency. Our cloud is built to conform with HIPAA-standards. We also provide Managed Disaster Recovery services with recoverability in mind, as we find many organizations do not have confidence in the recoverability of more traditional DR solutions they have in place.
  • With Velocity Zoom®, our customers are able to access powerful information to help them make informed decisions about daily operations. They can answer many questions; for example, are users conducting the types of transactions they are authorized to do? Are supply orders being placed in a timely manner to support the operating room? Are business processes running as efficiently as possible? 
Healthcare IT is undergoing a transformation, and we are proud to be a partner who helps turn our customers’ plans into action.