Top Impressions from New England HIMSS 2018 Spring Conference

Top Impressions from New England HIMSS 2018 Spring Conference


Health IT professionals gathered at the Cross Pavilion at Gillette Stadium for New England HIMSS annual spring event, focused on the theme of innovation: past, present, future. With a lineup of amazing speakers, including Harold Wolf, President & CEO of HIMSS, Greg DeBor, Principal, Exton Hall Advisory, Ray Campbell, Executive Director of Center for Health Information, and Analysis (CHIA), Dale Sanders, President of Technology, Health Catalyst, and Judy Murphy, CNO, IBM Global Healthcare, there were many perspectives & insights shared, and certainly an incredible amount of wisdom imparted. Keynote sessions for the day included:

  • Raising the Digital Quotient of Healthcare
  • Beyond the EHR: From Transformation to Reinvention
  • Exchanging Data in Massachusetts – Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Matt Bornstein, President, New England Chapter of HIMSS, and Sr. IT Project Manager, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Isral Deaconess Medical Center, got things kicked off. A data guy at heart, Matt shared insights into the growth of membership and engagement with the New England Chapter, one of the largest HIMSS chapters in the country. With over 3000 members, and over 200 attendees of the Spring conference, the New England HIMSS Chapter tribe is actively collaborating and innovating to solve healthcare’s most pressing issues. A huge thank you to all of the sponsors who made the event possible:

Hal Wolf has been a busy man since taking over as President and CEO of HIMSS 8 months ago. He shared the growth of HIMSS international presence, a subtle but powerful change to HIMSS mission to include “&” between information and technology, and an anticipated shortage of resources to address the incoming “silver tsunami” of baby boomers.

Hal also shared his favorite chart, one that he used when formulating budget plans addressing how to turn data into information, knowledge, and ultimately, clinical utility

The event was also highlighted by innovator spotlights interspersed into the agenda. There were some very compelling start-ups addressing areas of need, including Dr. Art Combs, of MC10, who showcased a biostamp device that captures access to raw kinematic and electrophysiological data.

We then took a trip down memory lane as Ray Campbell, Greg Debor, and Craig Schneider discussed the history of data exchange in Massachusetts. It begs the question, is public HIE germane, or, with consolidation to larger health systems, will private HIEs be the only to maintain applicability and solvency? That said, it’s clear from the discussion that consent, security, and patient identity continue to pose issue and consume resources.

Next up was one of my favorite speakers, Dr. Dale Sanders, President of Technology, Health Catalyst. I have had the pleasure of seeing him speak at prior Health Catalyst Health Analytics Summits, and as expected, he delivered an impassioned, enlightening and engaging presentation. Of the many cogent and profound insights Dr. Sanders shared, these stick out:

I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAA, Chief Nursing Officer, IBM Global Healthcare & Life Sciences, speak at the New York State miniHIMSS last year. She shared her perspective on healthcare’s retail transformation, the imbalance of where we spend dollars & what makes us healthy, and the transition from competing on volume to competing on outcomes.

We leave the event emboldened, enlightened, and impassioned to innovate to change the status quo of healthcare. Dear friend and collaborator John Lynn said it best, “it was great to see old friends and make new friends.” As serendipity would have it, John and I were introduced to each other via New England HIMSS event years ago when I documented impressions from that  meeting, prompting John to start a discussion that has lasted to this day.

In closing, thank you New England HIMSS for a great event!

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    Pat Rioux

    Reading Justin’s comments made my heart sing. The New England chapter worked hard this year to bring a great line-up of speakers and Justin’s acknowledgement will be appreciated. As he shared…”With a lineup of amazing speakers… there were many perspectives & insights shared, and certainly an incredible amount of wisdom imparted.”

    And his personal note about his relationship with John Lynn reminds me why being a member of HIMSS has its own rewards: “We leave the event emboldened, enlightened, and impassioned to innovate to change the status quo of healthcare. Dear friend and collaborator John Lynn said it best, “it was great to see old friends and make new friends.” As serendipity would have it, John and I were introduced to each other via New England HIMSS event years ago when I documented impressions from that meeting, prompting John to start a discussion that has lasted to this day.”

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