June 10, 2014 | Written by: Prithvi Rao
The Federal Summit can help deliver Federal Healthcare mission value and provide an in-depth look at some of the solution based approaches to address Federal Healthcare mission challenges to drive mission success.
The focus here being to leverage the agenda to address the Federal Healthcare market needs.
Healthcare agencies are under a lot of pressure to deliver reliable healthcare service at the point of care and at the same time ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of the individual to whom the care or benefit provided. Federal healthcare agencies will also have the address the many demands imposed on it by cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies and requirements at the same time delivering quality care, with better outcomes at the same time driving costs down.
Cloud – Delivering mission critical services through the cloud
Cloud is a transformation business imperative spreading across many Federal healthcare agencies.
From the cloud infrastructure, Federal healthcare agencies expect greater performance, scalability, flexibility and security risk mitigation. Risk Management in the Cloud session can help address some of the primary concerns related to public/private/hybrid cloud adoption models with focus on the cloud system risk profile. The Bare-Metal: How to get more out of the Cloud session will explore the pros and cons of bare-metal clouds and the types of workloads these bare-metal can support, that can be evaluated to address the agencies mission and requirements.
Another important factor for healthcare agencies is to ensure that the cloud service provider has a focus on open standards for cloud computing to ensure that agencies are able to interoperate easily with new features and innovations coming from open source cloud solutions. The Open Standard – Path to Interpretability and cost savings can help agencies to look out for vendor lock-in and provide the ability for the agencies to solve complex cross agency problems in an optimized manner.
With the onset of cloud services, healthcare agencies will also need to be cognizant and ready deploy new applications on to the cloud. Healthcare agencies may want to evaluate an open standards approach for rapid application development that provides an innovative feedback and improvement loop. The DevOps and Paas session can assist agencies to explore and learn more about the composable standard integrated approach with automated provisioning to help Federal Healthcare agencies to efficiently collaborate in their software development and deployment efforts and execute these cycles with reduced risk, in a shorter duration time frame and with reduced costs.
As healthcare agencies look into the various cloud offerings and capabilities, they may want to look into SaaS – On-Demand Mission Delivery session – to learn more about Saas along with its inherent cost savings from leveraging smarter analytics, and improved collaboration services with using lessons learned and benefits harvested from a SaaS solution.
Empowering a Digital Government
Healthcare agencies are being challenged with new requirements coming from mobile and social media . Healthcare agencies have been working to modernize, integrate and incorporate new technologies from Digital Government Strategy. Social business is changing the way in which healthcare agencies engage with their constituents and with all the requirements to do more with less, and faced with an increasing and growing mobile workforce, the Customer-Centric Approach session defines the mechanism for application development incorporating mobile, social and digital enablement across Federal agencies.
Healthcare agencies may want to explore the Use Cases for Government to Citizen Engagement and the Use Cases for Government to Government Empowerment sessions to better understand how to address some of the demands and risks related to mobile workforce, transform the workforce to a more agile team, address some of the challenges arising out of ‘Bring your own device (BYOD)’ across the mobile workforce.
Healthcare agencies will also need to be cognizant of the security risks associated with a mobile environment and it is imperative that agencies accelerate the secure adoption of mobile technologies in the Federal environment. The Maintaining Security in a Mobile Government explores how agencies can maintain security in a digital government from a single complex access code to allow broad access to data to securely share information in a trusted mission environment.
Unlocking the value of Big Data
Healthcare agencies have to address the needs of high speed, real time processing and storage of mission critical medical research data. The Big Data and Analytics on the Cloud session discusses the capability of large scale data processing requirements that can be converted into actionable intelligence to be delivered any place any time on any device via the cloud. Healthcare agencies are faced with the challenges of improper payments and fraudulent claims leading to program integrity issues. The Counter Fraud Analytics session looks into application of big data analytics to help detect and discover fraudulent techniques used by fraudsters and vulnerabilities within government programs to provide a holistic approach to fight fraud.
Did you know that Healthcare agencies are saturated with a tremendous influx of data coming into their environment in various formats – structured and unstructured. Accelerating Mission Outcomes with Performance Management session can help agencies apply analytics across complex data volumes of various formats to enable better decision making to reduce fraud waste and abuse .
It is no surprise that Healthcare agencies have to deal with huge amounts of unstructured data and most of this data lays dormant and valuable insights buried within. With the advent of Watson and its Cognitive Computing capabilities, it is able to ingest huge amounts of unstructured data, to provide evidence based weighted responses to textual queries, helping healthcare agencies better serve their constituents for better outcome and optimized delivery of care.
Enabling Healthcare Transformation
The Federal Summit has an entire track for healthcare transformation across Federal Health. A fireside chat discusses how payment reforms are changing the traditional healthcare models – moving away from the traditional fee-for-service model to a performance based outcome based payment for quality and efficiency of care. Just to emphasis how important a role mobility plays across healthcare for improving patient outcomes, the Mobility-Improving Patient Outcomes and Provider Services session discusses how mobile devices are getting to be used pervasively across the healthcare agencies to deliver better quality of care across healthcare providers, payers and patients. As noted previously in this blog, ensuring security and PII information confidentiality are of foremost concerns as millions of new patients enter the US healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act. The Healthcare-Specific Data Security and Privacy session examines the challenges faced regarding data breaches, patient ID data theft, to ensure safe and secure use of patient data by monitoring security events flowing across the network for any threats or privacy breaches. The Center for MediCare and MediAid services (CMS) have been in the forefront pushing organizations to achieve higher quality, reduce costs and improve population health. The Analytics in Federal and Commercial Health session showcases how analytics can drive meaningful use requirements for CMS, aggregate pertinent data, harvest best practices and leverage analytics and data to deliver excellence across Federal Healthcare.