Here’s the thing.
We can’t always go to trade shows, and luckily we don’t always have to.
Here’s what you missed if you didn’t get to HIMSS (or maybe you went but missed it anyways–we won’t judge). Perhaps the real question here is whether or not you prefer Orlando to Las Vegas.
It takes a certain vantage point to spot trends, and thankfully these one have already been spotted for you. HCB News observed four key trends making headway at HIMSS this year:
- Equipment is still important, but it’s increasingly less important than the surrounding technological advances. Providers value the ability to view and manage all patient data in both a timely and accessible manner. By “timely and accessible” we mean nearly instantaneous access to just about any location you could imagine–one of the main pieces here, of course, being the lucrative invention of the Internet.
- “Vendor-neutral” isn’t just a buzzword anymore. Companies aren’t just talking about it. It’s a useful and available technology.
- As always, cyber security made a popular appearance. Perhaps, however, this year had greater concern than did the past. Most providers have only an average confidence level that they are prepared to defend their facility from an attack.
- Leadership and workplace culture made the list this year. Additionally, it seems to be making the list in business period. Employee inspiration may not be the loftiest of goals, but its importance is often understated.
Not surprisingly, data ruled the agenda for much of the show. Tracking, analytics, and transparency took roles as key themes. Big data can enable healthcare providers to make informed decisions about processes that result in anything from reduced patient wait time to increased profits.
As far as transparency is concerned, several industry thought leaders made the point that healthcare organizations should be open about how and why data is gathered, what the data is, and how it will be used to reach decisions. Just as important (perhaps more) is actually using that data to reach decisions.
FierceHealthcare offers an informative anecdote about a St. Louis, Missouri-based health system having a hard time controlling costs in the surgical suite. The health system used big data to clear up the issues and increase efficiency. Read more about how they did it in the article.
Although we’ve been saying it for years, it really is the right time for “connected” healthcare. And although everyone seems to genuinely want a more connected industry, to say we’ve had growing pains would be an understatement.
In spite of this, data remains important and the age of connected care may finally be here. These changes give everyone in the healthcare industry the chance to improve care–across the board. With a more connected space, healthcare can improve quality of life for everyone.
We had an excellent time at the show as an exhibitor and enjoyed seeing many of you as you stopped by our booth for demos, to hear the speakers, and just to give a friendly hello! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a memorable HIMSS.
This post was written by Kristi Alvarado, a marketing and public relations specialist with Novarad.