Optimizing on the Hustle and Bustle of HIMSS15
By Tom Van Gilder, MD, JD, MPH, chief medical officer and vice president, informatics and analytics
To my surprise and dismay, I recently discovered that I am an introvert—at least if I read Susan Cain’s bestseller Quiet correctly. I’ve become comfortable with my new label, as it helps explain certain preferences I’ve long noted. For example, I am not a fan of crowds and busy, noisy conferences. So much for the title of this blog post…but wait! There’s more. HIMSS is big—last year alone there were more than 37,000 attendees—and this year it is being held at the largest convention center in North America. However, its size is what makes HIMSS a great place for introverts (and, of course, extroverts). HIMSS can be a hustle-bustle meet-and-greet, but it can also be a time to listen, learn and reflect. From the introductory “1st Timers Conference Orientation” on Sunday, to smaller group education sessions on topics such as ethnography in Health Information Technology (HIT) projects on Thursday, the content of the conference will entice, and the organization of the sessions will delight conference-goers of all temperaments. Here are a few sessions I am looking forward to:
- During Monday’s “Advancing Interoperability Standards,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will hold a discussion on the Interoperability Roadmap. I look forward to hearing the conference attendees’ perspectives about the ONC’s vision for interoperability and standards.
- On Tuesday morning, I will be paying close attention to the keynote of Humana’s President and CEO, Bruce Broussard, where he will be addressing his vision of digital connectedness and its role in better health. I look forward to hearing the perspective of a traditional health care company on the future of HIT and of integrated care delivery.
- On Wednesday, The Personal Connected Health Alliance will promote the use of standards to advance connected health in the session “Connected Health: Standards are Key to Success.” I am in wholehearted agreement with the title. I am eager to hear an experienced view on the critical role standards play in permitting mobile platforms to connect patients with physicians and the entire health ecosystem.
- And on Thursday, MultiCare Health System will describe its efforts to prevent readmissions through analytics and business intelligence in the “BI/Analytics for Sepsis and Heart Failure Readmissions” session. Although the examples cited in the session title are specific, they are both key drivers of cost and hospital utilization. I am especially interested in hearing how an integrated health system uses data, analytics and action to improve both the quality and cost of care.
Despite my introverted tendencies, I look forward to meeting as many fellow HIMSS attendees as I can. Feel free to find me at our booth (#2048) in the epicenter of HIMSS—the show floor. I will also be available in between small group sessions or in the many quiet sidebars of McCormick Place.
What are you looking forward to at HIMSS15?