Health Gorilla’s 2021 HLTH Highlights

This week the first in-person HLTH conference in two years took place, and the Health Gorilla team was thrilled to attend. With over 6,000 attendees, 500 plus sponsors, and 300 speakers, the conference was packed with industry leaders, ground-breaking teams, and a tremendous amount of learning opportunities.

Our recent announcement to become one of the first designated Qualified Health Information Networks paired with our team offering demonstrations of our industry-leading interoperability solutions that support multiple aspects of healthcare allowed us to have some very informative and engaging conversations. Below are a few most exciting topics and highlights from the discussions and presentations we attended.

  1. Telehealth Use Cases Continue to Evolve

Telehealth has been a critical component of our healthcare system for some time now. The impact it's had in managing Covid-19 and enablement of continued care for patients, whether they're seeking a checkup or managing a chronic disease, has led to new and innovative use cases. Our team spoke with various telehealth companies powering a diverse set of use cases, including remote patient monitoring, telepharmacy, and emergency room telehealth.

  1. A Growing Need for Aggregated Clinical Data

HLTH is a hub of growing health tech companies trying to solve some of the most critical issues around the world and advance the health ecosystem. It brings in a variety of cutting-edge companies, but we found that many of them required aggregated and actionable clinical data solutions. Building out their own interoperability solutions or creating one-off integrations with lab or health networks can be timely and expensive. Many of them were looking for an all-in-one solution to get to market and make a difference faster.

  1. Patients Transition to Health Consumers

Historically patients have had limited options when seeking healthcare and were dependent on their local facilities that may or may not have accepted their insurance. But, with hospitals, clinics, and digital health companies creating a much more reliable and robust healthcare ecosystem focused on providing value-based care, patients now have more options than ever before. They can now choose which companies and physicians offer the most value to them and their family and easily adjust their care and treatment when necessary.

  1. First Responders Are Exploring Healthcare Data

Our team was excited to speak with a couple of first responders and organizations representing first responders about them exploring the use of clinical data. They were interested in empowering their teams with this data to make sure they could treat their patients quickly and in the most appropriate fashion. The type of data that could be helpful to first responders includes, but is not limited to, current medications, allergies, and their COVID-19 status and would ideally be delivered through event notification services to avoid individual queries for their patients.

  1. Remote Test Kits are Gaining Traction

Our team spoke with multiple organizations about the growing importance of remote test kits. Remote testing is another example of healthcare practitioners moving towards virtual care to decrease the strain on healthcare clinics and hospitals and increase patients' rate and quality of care. Home diagnostics have experienced very high public demand with COVID-19 and will continue to expand as telehealth grows.

Our team was thrilled to have so many engaging and exciting conversations and was grateful for the opportunity to showcase our services. We want to thank HLTH and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for putting together a great conference. See you next year in Las Vegas!

For more information on Health Gorilla, our recent partnerships, or our intent to become one of the first Qualified Health Information Networks, please refer to our website or recent blogs. If you'd like to talk with one of our digital health experts or are interested in exploring a partnership with Health Gorilla, please contact us.