HIMSS ’17 Updates Regulatory Reluctance & Inspiration from Rometty

News from on the ground at HIMSS 17 is that the current tone coming from the regulatory and policy sessions has been one of  reluctance in discussing potential changes possible my due to the ambiguity  due to new administration”

Ginni Rometty the Opening Keynote speaker also spoke to the audience and was received enthusiastically from the news on the ground folks. Healthcare IT News said that Rometty said that the ‘cognitive era is a profoundly hopeful moment in time’ and also announced solutions for value based care and Watson Health Consulting Services. She also reportedly mentioned projects that was ongoing with the Cleveland Clinic and Memorial Sloan Kettering to advance ‘cognitive computing’ per Healthcare IT  News. 

More from Healthcare Interoperability’s roving reporters on the ground! Thanks all. 

One Month to go! CSO HIMSS Spring Conference

There’s only one month to go for the Central & Southern Ohio Spring Conference – The Hacker’s Guide to Hacking Healthcare. THE Conference on Privacy and Cyber-Security you just can’t miss!

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the OCLC Conference Center in Dublin, OH on May 20th, 2016. AHIMA members get 4 AHIMA CEUs for attending so make sure to be there in force and get education and have a great time networking and interacting with the best of our community.

Please go to http://csohio.himsschapter.org to register!

See you there!

HIMSS16 Recap

Opening Keynote
Opening Keynote

From the opening keynote of HIMSS16, I’m always enthralled with the size of the event and what the HIMSS team based out of Chicago has to work on all year to make the event a great one. From making sure that the speakers are great to working on the logistics and the events within the event, it is a spectacle like no other. This time, I had a few newbies to the event that were more enthralled than I was (which is certainly something to behold). I must say though, that the opening keynotes were interesting as the audience first heard from Sylvia Matthews Burwell, Secretary of Health & Human Services and Michael Dell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dell Inc who spoke in a “fireside chat” between him and Mark D. Barner, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ascension; Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Information Services. Right after the opening keynote, we went to the vendor area on the first floor for the reception that allowed us to mingle with the smaller vendor booths, which for startup organizations or those that wanted to have conversations with their potential buyers, was a great idea by HIMSS. Kudos to whomever thought of it.

Interoperability Showcase
Interoperability Showcase

The Interoperability Showcase this year, which was what I was most eager to see, didn’t light up my interest as it had done last year. During my conversations with the team at HIMSS at the HIMSS Spot location (it’s usually located at the center of it all), I understood that the conference had probably attracted somewhere around forty three thousand people which is on par with what I had expected.

HIMSS Spot
HIMSS Spot

On Tuesday March 1st, one of the first sessions I attended was titled “Actionable Analytics: From Predictive Modeling to Workflows” which was presented by the awesome team of Ari Robicsek, MD (Vice President, Clinical Analytics) & Chad Konchak, MBA, (Director, Clinical Analytics) from Northshore University Health System in Illinois. They really fired up the imagination of the audience when they were able to show the progression of flu on a map on the screen that had the audience very impressed with the work that they did. This session was so packed that there were people sitting on the stairs as it was so in demand. From sessions on analytics, process improvement, Office365, constructing a new hospital organization from the ground up where Sajid Ahmed, CHCIO, (Chief Information & Innovation Officer, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital) in a neighborhood that needed it badly presented a great story of personal and community achievement in”A Connected Hospital and Connected Community Partnership”, visiting the exhibit hall and getting in some networking while we were at it, this conference was one to remember. Oh and the DeLorean below was one that I’d like to take back to Monday, February 29th, 2016 and try and go to HIMSS16 over again and try and see some of the sessions that I would have liked to if I was able to be two places at once!

Back to HIMSS16 DeLorean

Live from HIMSS16. .it’s Wednesday March 2nd

The story so far from HIMSS16:

Sylvia Mathews Burwell from HHS spoke at the Opening Reception of the HIMSS16 conference and talked about some of the great work that organizations like Davies Award Winner OSUMC are doing along with saving nearly $7.7 million.

The Dell fireside chat did not go as well as was expected with a number of people walking out of the session in the middle due to what I heard was, sadly not a very interesting conversation that captured the spirit and enthusiasm of the conference. It seemed like more of an advertisement for Dell than anything else.

In addition, today I’m heading through the Interoperability Showcase which I enjoy going through. The basis for everything this blog is all about

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HIMSS16 – One week to go!

Las VegasI know many folks are eagerly looking forward to next week in Vegas and HIMSS16. I’m looking forward to meeting my “Conference Buddies” those folks we see once a year at the Big Show! I’ll be looking forward to the keynotes from  Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health & Human Services & Michael Dell, Founder of Dell, Inc next Monday the 29th at the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel.

I try and encourage a balanced approach; educational sessions in the morning, lunch and then exhibit hall and vendors in the afternoons. This gives me the opportunity to experience a full conference experience along with some of my friends from the CSO HIMSS chapter and other chapters I’m connected with. Areas focused on project management in the areas of interoperability solutions (of course focused on CCD’s) analytics and datawarehousing, tele- health (after my recent visit to Cisco in Bangalore), Clinically Integrated Networks and revenue cycle optimization post ICD-10 are at the top of my agenda of mandatory sessions to attend. The Interoperability Showcase is my favorite area of the exhibit hall area to visit after my HIMSS15 experience. Best part of the entire conference in my humble opinion. Don’t miss it. You’ll be glad you saw it when you did. I’ve been pushing for it to go on the road to each state. I’m rarely a petition type of guy, but I’ll sign a petition for an “Interoperability Road Show” if I have to. It’s basically the essence of this blog entirely so “hell ya!” I’ll sign it.

If you haven’t already, register for the CSO HIMSS Luncheon on Tuesday March 1st. I’ll be there as well as many of our CSO HIMSS Board and our esteemed Chapter President, Scott Mash.

We can’t end without obviously the perfunctory “Viva Las Vegas!”

See you on the flip side folks!

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HIMSS 16 and CSO HIMSS Luncheon

HIMSS 16 is 3 weeks away and it’s going to be an exciting time for many as Peyton Manning, fresh off his Super Bowl win will be the keynote speaker, albeit Friday the 4th of March.

A few of the CSO HIMSS Board - Fall 2015
A few of the CSO HIMSS Board at our Fall Conference 2015

In addition, I’ll be there and hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet either at the HIMSS reception that first evening or at the CSO HIMSS Annual Luncheon that we have traditionally hosted at the national conference. Please do go to the CSO HIMSS site to register as there aren’t many seats available for the luncheon this year. Come by and meet the CSO HIMSS Board members who are in attendance. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!