10 Insights from the 2018 New York State miniHIMSS

10 Insights from the 2018 New York State miniHIMSS


Beyond our Reach is Now – Healthcare on Broadway

Last Thursday, the New York State HIMSS chapter gathered at New World Stages for its miniHIMSS 2018 conference. The event provided for insights and strategies to be shared, collaborative panel discussions, and networking. The theme of the conference was “Beyond our Reach is Now,” and topics for the day included:

  • Keynote: “What is Possible” By Peter Fleischut, CMIO, NY Presbyterian
  • ACT I: Interactive debate with NYS Healthcare Leaders on the current regulatory environment and the impact on improving care in NYS. Stacey Gulick, Garfunkel Wild, Vicki Tiglias, CHC, NYS, Valerie Grey, New York eHealth Collaborative, Joyce Nolasco, Nassau University Medical Center, John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess
  • ACT II: Interactive debate with some of the top Leaders in NYS with regards to the challenges of inoperability, security and the leveraging of innovation to position NYS as a Best-in-class environment. Jordan T. Cohen, Attorney, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC. Kris Kusche, Albany Medical Center, Rob Zeglen, NYSTEC, Victoria Tiase, New York Prebyterian, Jill Eisenstein, GRRHIO, Grace Barry, FSI-LI, Michael Kanerallis, Wolf & Co
  • ACT III: A dynamic debate of the real applicability of technologies e.g. AI, Telehealth, predictive modeling & mobility solutions and where they can or have made a difference. Peter Tibbett, CEO, Healthcelerate, Lisa Latts, IBM Watson Healthcare,Graeme Ossey, New York Prebyterian. Rikki Jennings, Zebra Technologies, Jamie Nelson, Hospital for Special Surgery, MaryAnn Connor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nick VanDuyne, NYCIG. Dr. Saurah Chandra, Northwell Health
  • ACT IV: The last debate features both State and National speakers discussing and challenging each other on the future of Healthcare and the role of innovation. Luis Taveras, Former CIO, Retired, Thomas Check, CEO, HealthIx, Nader Mherabi, CIO, NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Raj Lakhanpal, CEO, SpectraMedix, Rosemary Ventura, NY Presbyterian Hospital

Below are the top takeaways and impressions from the event:

Machine process automation can have substantial impact on hospital back room efficiency

Application portfolio rationalization yields substantial savings which can be re-allocated to innovation

More HIE use cases exist than CCD delivery. Clinical event notifications, advanced directives delivery, medication reconciliation and many others.

Health IT security is all about layers, breadth and depth. Multi-factor authentication, and pen testing are imperative to hardening security.

Politics is regional and trust is local. National HIE not a technology problem, a psychology problem

BIDMC increased operating room capacity by 30% by using Amazon to schedule

Critical to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to reduce clinician burden

In summary, the event proved to be invaluable in fostering collaboration and thought leadership to tackle and discuss the areas of challenge for health information technology. It’s clear that clinicians are feeling increasingly burdened instead of empowered by healthcare information technology. Not to mention the additional regulatory requirements and emerging security threats faced. The importance of continued innovation cannot be underscored enough.

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