Much of the promise of blockchain comes with its potential to disrupt and change how healthcare works, a position leading to questions and concerns among the healthcare community – including HIMSS members - on what blockchain-driven disruption might look like. With that in mind, HIMSS has recently established a work group to examine blockchain distributed ledger technology and its potential implications for the healthcare information and technology community. The work group, composed of payers, providers, vendors, and other interested parties, has set out to visualize the effects of that disruption.
This week, 42,000 of my closest friends each walked an average of 5 miles per day through the Orlando Convention Center at the annual HIMSS conference. One journalist told me "It's overwhelming. You do your best to look professional and wear comfy shoes!" After 50 meetings, and 12 meals in 3 days, here are my impressions of the experience. Wearables, while still relevant have gone from the peak of the hype curve to the trough of disillusionment.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning permeated HIMSS18 such that the dynamic duo was just about everywhere in Las Vegas last week. From expected experts such as long-time Google executive Eric Schmidt to surprise speakers, notably White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, discussing it on stage, the promise was palpable, the use cases more numerous than ever before. Add EHR vendors to that roster. Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks and Epic revealed big plans for adding AI into the workflow in forthcoming iterations of their electronic health records platforms. Anyone who hoofed it over to Microsoft's booth may have encountered a rendering of something at least conceptually similar in the form of a Surface monitor displaying Epic's EHR and AI running in conjunction with Microsoft's Azure.
Pieces Technologies, the Dallas-based AI and predictive analytics startup that grew out of Parkland Health & Hospital System, is showcasing its continuing innovation on the patient safety and population health fronts at HIMSS18. Pieces' cloud-based clinical decision support tools let healthcare organizations put algorithms to work helping reduce lengths of stay, prevent readmissions, lower medication risks, avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and more. The company's applications use natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence for predictive modeling that can help streamline clinician workflows and improve patient outcomes. On Monday, March 5, Pieces CEO Ruben Amarasingham, MD, CEO of Pieces Tech will kick off the week with a presentation at the HIMSS Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare conference, called "Why Clinical Augmentation is Necessary for Healthcare AI to Work." He'll explain how oversight from carbon-based life forms is a necessary key to ensuring the efficacy and success of artificial intelligence applications. At Pieces Technologies booth, meanwhile, the company will be showcasing its capabilities while highlighting what it calls the "new ROI" – return on insights.
How is technology shaping the healthcare sector and what is on the horizon? A digital healthcare transformation is taking place globally that will have an immense impact on patients and providers alike. Rise in patient engagement and mobile technologies - We will see a trend toward more patient involvement in their own healthcare that will be impacted by two factors. First, the healthcare industry continues to invest in the creation of online information, mobile applications, and personal health devices. This translates into increased consumer engagement to enhance health in three important areas, according to a recent survey: partnering with providers, tapping online resources, and relying on technology.