4 Key Takeaways from HIMSS18

Earlier this month, healthcare companies and thought leaders met at the annual Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society in Las Vegas.

HIMSS is one of the industry’s most influential health information and technology events, featuring informative sessions, cutting-edge product displays, and superior networking opportunities.

In case you missed it, here are 4 key takeaways from HIMSS18:

Artificial Intelligence is Here to Stay

The conference was bustling with companies showcasing AI healthcare products, augmented reality solutions, biometrics, and more. In fact, the conference dedicated an entire day to machine learning and AI focused on separating AI hype from what's really going on in the industry.

According to HealthcareIT News, several tech companies made appearances at HIMSS18 to show off their newest in AI and machine learning technology, such as a deep learning algorithm capable of detecting intracranial hemorrhages, new conversational AI technology in healthcare apps, and a business partnership that will combine systems to create clinical transformation services to help providers reduce readmission and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. 

Interoperability Is on Everyone's Mind

Data exchange between EHR systems was a hot topic at HIMSS18 due to a growing desire for improvement. The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase highlighted real-world examples of data exchange between systems, including organ transplants and medication management in response to the opioid crisis.

CMS representatives discussed plans to put patients at the center of interoperability. Director of the Office of American Innovation, Jared Kushner, along with CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, made a surprise appearance at the conference discussing the need for an overhaul of the digital infrastructure of healthcare. According to Healthcare IT News, Kushner explained to the conference that ensuring access to health data is a chief concern among the Trump administration, because “interoperability is about our shared bottom line: saving lives.”

Other presentations discussed the importance of cloud-based interoperability for safe, accessible, and standardized methods of data sharing.

Women Are in the Spotlight

This year, International Women’s Day coincided with the HIMSS conference. Many women wore purple to show their support. HIMSS18 demonstrated a real focus on women in health IT throughout the conference, and honored four recipients with the Most Influential Women in Health IT award.

Additionally, the Women in Healthcare IT Roundtable discussed improvements in status, mentorships, and pay disparity for women in healthcare. There was a sponsored networking event for women, and HIMSS continues to implement programs to encourage women to pursue careers in healthcare IT.

Healthcare Industry is growing

While the HIMSS conference remains a powerful display in patient care advancement, it’s also an opportunity for healthcare companies and professionals to show off their personalities and connect with the larger culture.

In one article, Physicians Practice author Gabriel Perna describes realizing the growing influence of the conference when interacting with the eclectic arrange of displays. She writes, “I saw a Star Wars booth, magic shows, pool tables, carnival bakers, casino games on the exhibit floor, people dressed up as actual ‘clouds,’ and much, much more.”

With companies like Apple, Amazon and Google entering the medical scene, HIMSS attendees can expect to see similar bell and whistles at next year’s conference.

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