Trends at HIMSS20: Microsoft points to cost of care, access, clinician burnout


Dr. David C. Rhew, global chief medical officer and vice president of healthcare at Microsoft and an adjunct professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, is steeped in the healthcare industry. When he speaks, people pay heed. Healthcare IT News interviewed him ahead of the big HIMSS20 conference and exhibition, asking him to put his finger to the wind and discuss the most pressing trends affecting healthcare that HIMSS20 attendees need to keep top of mind. He did not disappoint, identifying three major trends and challenges facing the industry right now. According to the World Health Organization, a "swift upward trajectory" of global health costs is resulting in an increase in domestic healthcare spending and out-of-pocket expenses.