#HIMSS15 A Clinician's Guide

It's that time of year again!

At AbedGraham we've worked with some of the most innovative solution providers in health IT covering everything from EHR to Big Data analytics and everything in between. At HIMSS15, hundreds of vendors will come together to present their latest products so we've put together a handy little guide for what to look out for, especially if you're a clinician.

With medicine becoming more multi-disciplinary, technology is now critical to effective healthcare delivery

How to Spot a Great Product

1. It solves real, clinical problems

Whenever we assess a product, whether on behalf of a provider or vendor, we always look for evidence that the product solves a real, clinical problem. The best vendors will have spent time, money and effort to understand clinical and patient workflows before developing their solutions.

2. It delivers a positive user experience

Researching clinical workflows might make for a good start but a great product needs to be intuitive for its end users. As clinicians, we've experienced the full spectrum of product experiences so we always make sure the products we work with have been extensively tested with clinicians and patients before coming to market.

Solutions optimised for mobile use will generate a lot of attention

3. It has a great team behind it

Both large and small vendors often spend hundreds of hours developing the technical nuances of their products but the best teams have gone a step further. In fact, we always advise our clients that the most important step for a successful product is having clinicians working with them so that the solutions they create simply make sense and are fit for purpose. Make sure you look out for that clinical experience each time you view a product.

"Every link matters when it comes to delivering a great product," Dr Alexander Graham (Founding Partner, AbedGraham)

4. It's interoperable

It's no use having a great product if it doesn't play nicely. At HIMSS, spotting products that offer Open APIs or seamless integration into existing, legacy and best of breed environments will be critical to realising benefits. It's always important not to be overwhelmed by technical jargon so go ahead and make sure you ask the tough questions about interoperability.

5. It has a clear business case

We all know that money matters and every great product needs to create three sets of benefits: clinical, operational and financial. The best vendors will have use cases that demonstrate tangible and intangible benefits that can be replicated for you and your provider organisation.

"The bottom line matters and an effective product has to deliver tangible benefits," Dr Saif Abed (Founding Partner, AbedGraham)

If you've enjoyed this guide please feel free to share and visit www.abedgraham.com to find out more about our great work with leading health IT organisations in the UK.

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