Does Healthcare IT Have a New Mascot?

By Lisa Santos, marketing representative at HealthUnity

I went to the movies this past weekend with my children to see the new animated Disney blockbuster, Big Hero 6. The movie is outstanding – great story that was both touching and comical with terrific graphics. But what struck me the most was the main robot character, Baymax. He is a friendly inflatable robot designed to consult and heal people when they are ill or hurt. Pretty much, he is your personal teledoctor, except he engages as soon as you make a sound of distress or physical pain. In the above picture, he is asking the main character his level of pain on a scale from 1-10.

Working in healthcare IT for nearly a decade, I couldn’t stop thinking about the impact of this movie. We have come a far way in transforming medicine if there are characters in Disney movies that are centered on healthcare technology solutions. At the same time, I can’t stop thinking how much further we have to go. Baymax is a special character because he doesn’t exist today. He is a vision of what could be something one day.

I should also mention, Baymax can scan a person to record their vitals and can match and locate a person once they are stored in his database. There must be a master person index service (MPI) operating in him. :)

The movie has had great lasting power on my children as they have already drawn Baymax a number of times and continue to recite lines from the movie. If you have the time, I do recommend Big Hero 6 and if you are a healthcare professional or work within the healthcare industry, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on Baymax and the movie (@healthunity). I think we may have found the healthcare IT mascot to take us through the transformative years to come.




HealthUnity Votes YES to an Interoperable Healthcare System

It was just a matter of time before interoperability took the forefront and became the next big initiative in healthcare technology. We have seen the industry evolve significantly in the past 10 years, most notably with the introduction of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 and now it is time to create an interoperable system and unleash the most powerful elements of a wired industry – communication, exchange and analytics!

At HealthUnity, we have been working to connect communities and establish health information exchanges for the past 10 years – before the movement was on the minds of many healthcare CIOs. We are thrilled that the Office of the National Coordinator has shifted their focus to interoperability.

We are ready to assist in transforming medicine and make healthcare a high operating connected system. Once these connections are live, we can improve communication, data exchange and truly report on a substantial pool of health data.

Stay abreast on the latest discussions to progress healthcare interoperability. Below is a quick summary of activities to date.

March 2014: The newly appointed ONC National Coordinator for Health IT, Karen DeSalvo, speaks at HIMSS14 in Orlando and stresses upcoming focus on interoperability.

June 2014: Karen DeSalvo, ONC National Coordinator for Health IT, announces reorganization to promote their next chapter of an “interoperable health IT solution.”

June 2014: ONC releases whitepaper outlining 10-year vision for interoperability

August 2014: ONC announces the launch of its online interoperability community enabling individuals to comment on the tactics for how to accomplish the 10-year interoperability vision.

September 2014: Initial comment period closes on online interoperability community. Karen DeSalvo speaks at AHIMA conference and again stresses interoperability is ONC’s top priority.

October 15, 2014: ONC releases draft 10-year interoperability roadmap
Additional materials from the day long joint HIT meeting, including audio are available on

January 2015: ONC projects the release of the 10-year interoperability roadmap for public comment


ONC Interoperability Roadmap Whitepaper Released

ONC Releases Whitepaper Outlining 10-Year Vision for Interoperability

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released its white paper addressing healthcare interoperability.

The white paper, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure, outlines guiding principles, offers a “how will we do it” section, and lays out a 3-year, 6-year and 10-year vision for achieving interoperability.

HealthUnity® Teams with ClearDATA to Deploy its Comprehensive Direct Messaging Solution for One of the Country’s Largest Hospital Systems

Bellevue, WA – 5/20/2014 – HealthUnity®, a leading health information technology company dedicated to secure, privacy-protected health information acquisition, integration, exchange and analysis, and ClearDATA, a leading healthcare cloud computing platform and HIPAA-compliant hosting service provider, have joined forces to successfully complete the implementation of secure Direct Messaging capabilities with Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (CCD-A) transfer for one of the largest hospital systems in the nation.

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HealthUnity Healthysite™ receives 2014 ONC HIT Certification

Bellevue, WA – 4/15/2014 – HealthUnity® announced today that Healthysite™ Release 2014 is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as an EHR Module on February 7, 2014 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for hospitals adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read more

HealthUnity Introduces Suite of Clinical Integration Solutions at HIMSS14

Bellevue, WA – 2/20/2014 – HealthUnity®, a leading healthcare technology company dedicated to secure, privacy-protected health information acquisition, integration, exchange and analysis, will be introducing its wide array of clinical integration solutions at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition, February 23-27 in Orlando, Florida. Read more


HealthUnity at Dell World 2013

Bellevue, WA – 12/11/2013 – HealthUnity is exhibiting its suite of HIE solutions as a Dell preferred partner at Dell World 2013. This year’s Dell world is held in Austin Texas from December 11th thru 13th.

A HealthUnity Senior Program Manager will be demonstrating the HealthUnity HIE suite of products at Dell World 2013.

Yakima Valley Physicians Vote Overwhelmingly for HealthUnity Health Information Exchange and Analytics Solution

Bellevue, WA – 11/7/2013 – Yakima Valley physician members of the Signal Health integrated network chose HealthUnity’s complete solution for health information exchange (HIE), analytics and personal health records when presented with a two-vendor “bake-off.”

Signal Health, a private, financially sustainable community-wide network of healthcare providers aligned with Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, signed an agreement with HealthUnity on October 23, 2013. The network’s selection process narrowed choices for the HIE from ten vendors to two, and then gave member providers the chance to vote on their preferred information system. Read more

HealthUnity at the the NYeC Digital Health Conference


Bellevue, WA – 10/30/2013 – The Digital Health Conference brings together a diverse group of professionals for two days of lively intellectual exchange on November 14-15, 2013.

Healthcare providers, IT innovators, health leadership, start-ups, hospital officials, group practice managers, investors, and entrepreneurs will gather to hear insights, ideas, and analysis from leaders in the health IT community.

HealthUnity is a sponsor for this event.