A HiMSS16 Primer

by Rasu Shresthra, MD, MBA 

 

rasu_headshot_cmiochatThe annual HIMSS conference is seen as the “Superbowl” of the Health IT industry. The conference brings together over 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world, hungry to learn from one another, with an appetite to connect, collaborate and learn. The conference is seen as an annual pilgrimage for many – a “must attend” event due primarily to the high value that can be attained in a condensed period of time. Whether this is your first HIMSS conference or whether you are a regular, the one hallmark of a successful conference is planning.

 

So let’s chat about what you may expect from #HIMSS16. And let’s together plan to make this a particularly meaningful one.

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HIMSS promises to offer a showcase of cutting-edge health IT products and services, remarkable networking opportunities and world class educational content with an inspiring line up of sessions, talks, keynotes and workshops.

 

And then, there are the announcements and press releases, each trying to one up the other. The news of the demise of Meaningful Use may have been premature. This was sparked by a comment last month at the JP Morgan Conference made by a top CMS official (Andy Slavitt) when he said that “the meaningful use program as it has existed will now effectively be replaced by something better.” Will HIMSS16 attendees be able to get more clarity around what this “something better” really means for them? Or will we come back with an alphabet soup of questions on how MU will be integrated with PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System) and MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act), which in turn will be based on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs)?

 

Will we see large strides in vendors and providers scaling the interoperability mountain? What about patient engagement? Is cloud, analytics or information security going to be top of mind for most? Will there be interesting innovations around wearables, sensors, big data and the IoT?

 

Keynotes are always a big draw at HIMSS. The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell, are both set to deliver keynote speeches at the HIMSS 2016 conference. Super Bowl Winning Quarterback & Five-Time NFL MVP Payton Manning will be coming in fresh off of a real SuperBowl 50 win and will be providing the closing keynote. I wonder if this will be a touchdown of a keynote!

 

Also featured, amongst many other things will be the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, and the HX360 Innovation Pavilion. The Intelligent Health Pavilion is also always a big draw.

 

With all this and more, HIMSS16 promises to be busy. So let’s fire up your favorite Twitter application (TweetDeck, Tweetchat, Tweetchat.io) and let’s get chatting! Here are the topics:

 

T1:  Why are you attending #HIMSS16? What are your priorities for the conference?

T2:  What ONE thing are you most excited about for #HIMSS16?

T3:  Do you fear that we will be blinded by buzzwords? How do you separate the wheat from the chaff?

T4:  Population Health means many things to many people. What does this mean to you?

T5:  What tips do you have for fellow HIMSS attendees?

 

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Rasu Shrestha MD MBAChief Innovation Officer

UPMC & EVP UPMC Enterprises

CMIOchat Thursday September 24th 2015

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH

We’ve been baking this idea for a while, and at long last here it is!

CMIOchatThe inaugural chat is moderated by social media savvy and clinical informatics thought leader Nick van Terheyden, MD Dell Health and Life Sciences (@DellHealth) Chief Medical Officer aka @DrNic1 on twitter.

For a list of founder members of CMIOchat, click here, and the ‘why’ question is answered here. For context on the chat, checkout ‘Process matters as much as technology, especially when treading new ground‘ proffered by @DrNic1.

The hashtag is #CMIOchat and you have several ways of participating Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 7PM Eastern/4PM Pacific Time.

Simply find your way to our home page here, or check out the TweetChat room here, or the Twubs page here (enter #CMIOchat). In the later two instances, you need be logged into your twitter account to access the ‘rooms’.

The value of Tweetchat or Twubs participation is you can pause and resume the #CMIOchat tweetstream.

Of course you can also follow on your smart phone, tablet or even Tweetdeck via the hashtag.

The theme is ‘Emerging Technologies’ and the topics to be parsed to the community are as follows:

T1: What technology is critical for near-term and future clinical and financial success? (Analytics? Telehealth? Mobile Apps? Social media listening?)

T2: What factors to consider in prioritizing tech adoption: Impact? Cost? Effectiveness? Ease of adoption? Current tech platform?

T3: How do you ensure that the IT department prepares for future technology?

T4: What ancillary factors should be considered when adopting technology? (Training, support, physician leadership, integration of data, etc.)

The process will begin with a round of introductions, followed by each topic and it’s discussion.

We’ll run for 60 minutes and hopefully engage the health data and clinical informatics community is key issues many of us are  grappling with on a daily basis.

Cheers!