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Highlights from MEDITECH Physician and CIO Forum 2019

Recently, CereCore attended and co-sponsored the MEDITECH Physician and CIO Forum held in Foxborough, Massachusetts on September 18-19. Celebrating their 50th anniversary, MEDITECH made the primary theme of the Forum “Creating Connections Together”. Helen Waters, leader of Sales and Marketing, spoke on opening day and highlighted MEDITECH’s position in market with Expanse, and mentioned recent key signings. Geoff Smith, leader of development, spoke in the later part of day one, and described future product development efforts with Web Based Patient Care getting high level of applause. A big highlight was hearing from Michelle O’Connor who is now President and COO.  Michelle introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Cheri Blauwet, who spoke about diversity and inclusion in medicine.

MEDITECH introduced a new solution called Traverse for their interoperability offerings. They also spoke to their involvement with Commonwell and efforts around Carequality. One functionality that is gaining positive feedback is “One Touch Record Access”. This allows providers to access patient records in separate EHR’s within MEDITECH (or vice versa) without having to login and find a patient. Additional discussions throughout the Forum highlighted opportunities for data exchange and data sharing in the midst of increasing external initiatives on data privacy, data blocking, and data sharing.

Most educational sessions led by MEDITECH representatives focused on new products that leverage MEDITECH software to achieve a specific strategic or operational goal.  The educational sessions led by customers focused on experience with migrating to Expanse. MEDITECH allocated time during the Forum to network with customers and vendors, which was a positive change from prior years

Another focus was leveraging in-person interaction with customers, giving time to engage and share with MEDITECH leadership. Expanse and Ambulatory were continual topics, in hopes to migrate current customers to both platforms and solidify existing customer relationships, preventing migrations to other EHR vendors. MEDITECH continues to push into new service offerings, which is disrupting the supporting vendor ecosystem. One example is MEDITECH as a Service. Vendors that provide services and solutions to MEDITECH customers will need to pay close attention to these developments. MEDITECH should be very proud of their accomplishments during their first 50 years. Here’s to seeing how the next 50 years unfold.

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