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Digital Transformation: 5 Takeaways from the Hottest Show in Vegas

Last week, over 40,000 healthcare techies from all over the world swarmed into Las Vegas for HIMSS18. Given Americans spend $3.4 trillion on their health each year, it’s about time the event fully embraces the digital age, and this year, it did. Five major takeaways from the Health Information Management Systems Society show were:

  1. Healthcare is now primed for a digital transformation. Thanks to the $35 billion invested in putting electronic health records in every hospital and doctor’s office, thanks to the HITECH Act (as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act), most healthcare providers are now computerized. With the EHR basics in place, billions more is now being spent on tech to bring healthcare into the 21st century.

  2. Enterprises are recognizing the safety, efficiency, and storage capacity of the cloud. From Amazon’s AWS to IBM’s Watson, virtually all the 1300 vendors exhibiting at the show were promoting their cloud solutions. And, finally, healthcare’s CIOs and CTOs are agreeing to it.

  3. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and Augmented Reality aren’t just coming: they’re here. Sophisticated presentations from Optum, Google, and scores more proved the use cases for AI and ML, and with Novarad’s OpenSight AR, holograms are already enabling clinicians (and med professors) to overlay MRI and CT images on a patient to “practice” neurosurgeries. Soon, they’ll be able to do it in real time.

  4. This is the Era of the Patient. Salesforce Healthcloud is already enabling providers and payers to “customer journey map” their patients’ experiences through their acquisition, onboarding, and retention phases – just like “regular” customers.

  5. The Hospital in the Home is being enabled by companies like Masimo, long a fixture in inpatient settings, now selling a monitor that enables patients to stay connected to the hospital – or the clinicians tracking their clinical progress, post discharge from the ICU – in their home.

While HIMSS doesn’t look exactly like CES, it’s getting close – and it’s totally unrecognizable from the HIMSS of 10 years ago. So it’s fun to imagine what HIMSS28 will look like.

Mimi Grant, President, Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization – Round Tables and Events for CEOs of Technology and Healthcare Companies