#HIMSS15 – Top 5 Themes from the Super Bowl of HIT


HIMSS15

#HIMSS15 By The Numbers

  • ~43,000 Attendees
  • ~1,200 Exhibitors
  •  ~350 New Exhibitors

HIT is collectively getting it’s breath back from an exhilarating week of HIMSSMania. But first, let’s start with a disclaimer: this blog article will not attempt to re-cap the event – for those looking for play-by-play commentary and analysis, be sure to check out HISTalk (Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth can’t hold a candle to Jennifer and Dr. Jayne):

There were many lasting impressions to take from the conference, including “Being Human”, but one thing is abundantly clear – with tightening budgets, today’s healthcare leaders must do more with less. For the last decade, HIT leaders were consumed with EHR adoption and implementation. Their role is shifting and are now focused on tackling their top challenge –  financial improvement.

So with these new table stakes, what else is top of mind for healthcare information technology leaders?

  1. Interoperability Healthcare executives are focused on technology that streamlines communication and the exchange of data across their systems. The 40,000 sqft HIMSS15 Interoperability Showcase offered more than 40 educational sessions focused on this topic.
  2. Analytics Big Data, Small Data, Right-Size Data. Volume of Data vs Value of Data. The sheer amount of information healthcare organizations have to manage is dizzying. Healthcare Executives are looking for solutions to help them gain insights regarding operations, individual patients, and populations.
  3. Patient Privacy & Data Security Healthcare data breaches are up 138%. It has healthcare leaders asking the question – how secure is the patient data they take stewardship over?
  4. Care Management & Care Coordination In the words of Joel Splan, CEO of PinpointCare, “Care is delivered how it is incentivized.  We see this as a simple truth.  Fee-for-service has influenced the delivery of care for decades, and now pay-for-performance will have its day.” Care and payment reform have healthcare leaders searching for care coordination workflow and communication tools that transcend any one healthcare organization, or any one provider network.
  5. mHealth and IoT (Internet of Things) It seemed like everywhere you looked at HIMSS, there were wearables, smartphone apps, and other devices used for connecting to, communicating with, and ultimately engaging patients. The HIMSS15 conference featured a Mobile Health Knowledge Center which offered educational sessions on mobile topics including as privacy, innovative care delivery,  and security and technical requirements.

In conclusion, for all of its flaws and the perceived “noise” it generates, HIMSS is invigorating. It sparks innovation and passion, truly making oneself proud to be a part of arguably one of the most important movements in our history – driving a better patient experience and outcomes.

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