The Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) hosted the Top of Mind 2019 Summit in December, bringing together leaders and innovators in health care to discuss pressing issues in health IT.
The event, held Dec. 5-7, 2018 at the CCM in Pittsburgh, Pa., highlighted key trends, solutions for moving health care forward, and opportunities for collaboration.
Emceed by Dr. Pamela Peele, Chief Analytics Officer at UPMC Health Plan and UPMC Enterprises, the Summit featured more than 30 speakers over three days.
The keynote speakers were:
Three key themes emerged from the multiple discussions during the summit:
- Strengthening health IT foundation
- A focus on consumerism
- Leveraging partnerships for success
The Top of Mind 2019 Summit jumped off from original research conducted by The Health Management Academy for the CCM.
The research asks health system leaders to look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year and synthesizes the survey research to determine three priority areas for health IT.
For 2019, the research found that health systems are increasing their spending to defend against cyberattacks, expressing optimism about reimbursement for telehealth services, and feeling anxiety about Apple, Amazon and Google entering the health care space.
Those were among key findings in the report, “Top of Mind for Top Health Systems 2019,” which focuses three areas of health IT set to impact health systems in 2019: Cybersecurity, Telehealth, and Interoperability.
The findings are based on quantitative and qualitative surveys of C-suite executives at nearly 40 U.S. health systems.