The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition took place last February in Orlando, Florida. With over 42,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and 1 280 vendors attending this year, it was definitely one of the top 10 health IT conferences in the industry. We couldn’t miss it! Our team came back with insightful take aways about cutting edge technology in the field for you.
2017, the year of Precision Health
This year, HIMSS focused on Precision Health: healthcare analytics, collaboration, and personalization to improve patient outcomes like never before. While the majority of presentations remain focused on value-based-care, population health, and patient experiences, we saw a new wave of enabling technologies including cloud, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing grabbed the attention of audience more than ever before – very much in line with the patient-centric approaches and initiatives we are exploring at BIC.
Rousing conversations around Telehealth at our booth
As a leading player vendor in Healthcare, Konica Minolta had a significant presence at Booth 1071. You maybe met Yalan Lai and John Parmley, our healthcare experts focused on telemedicine, population health, and patient engagement. This year, we showcased our award-winning product, Telehealth, which launched in April of 2016. Telehealth provides secure, collaborative patient and provider interaction. You can see a video of it here, and discover how we are helping improve access to care.
“There are clear and present opportunities for Konica Minolta to help drive the improvement of clinical outcomes, the reduction of costs, and improve the access to care with our newly launched Telehealth platform from SnapMD” said John
Our booth was busy all day Monday and Tuesday, with visitors engaging with and learning about the platform.
We also presented solutions in the fields of HIPAA consulting and risk management, security, HIPAA-compliant printing of electronic health records, enterprise content management, and Clinical Documentation Exchange, and more. You can learn more about these tools here.
World-class speakers shared their views on the governmental transitions, Artificial Intelligence and more
“This year, HIMSS is taking place as the US government transitioned into a new era. A right time for Healthcare to take the center stage!” pointed out Dr. Michael Zaroukian, Board Chairman of HIMSS North America. During the week, John Boehner, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, presented the conference’s keynote, Political Perspectives on America’s Future.
IBM’s Watson was subject of the opening keynote. IBM Chairman Ginny Rometty explained how she sees Artificial Intelligence will impact the Healthcare industry. “The cognitive era is here and is real. We are here to augment what man does. This is not man vs. machine. This is man plus machine.”, said Ginny Rometty.
We saw speeches by cybersecurity expert, entrepreneur, and author Robert Herjavec, as well as innovation investor Kevin O’Leary. Perhaps best known as investors on Shark Tank, they presented insightful speeches on cybersecurity in healthcare.
Key takeaways and how Healthcare will evolve
Though we learned at this year’s conference, there were five key points that will be changing healthcare as we know it:
- Population health is moving toward personalized healthcare – the next major opportunity in this field will be providing precise, personalized care and treatment through disease prediction and prevention.
- The primary care model for population health has demonstrated real value – at the conference, we learned diverse successful primary care models from One Medical Group, Aledade Health and Stanford Medical Group, We were impressed by One Medical group’s technology driven primary care model and Stanford Medical Group’s success in significantly increasing physician panel size through their team based approach.
- AI and machine learning will transform big health data into smart data. New opportunities draw attention in both structured and unstructured data analysis. Konica Minolta, TensorFlow by Google and IBM’s Watson are working in that direction.Most healthcare today takes place through oral conversation, yet 15% or less of those conversations are documented. 20% of patients take photos of symptoms and conditions, yet very few of these photos got reviewed by physicians or care team. Machine learning is developing faster than we ever expected, and AI becomes capable to capture, drive, and track such structured and unstructured data to help improve patient outcomes.However, there will be a learning curve as we discover how to best utilize this information. Providers are cautious, especially about computer-detected diagnosis, as is the FDA. Regulation will be complex, and a lot of work has to be done before this technology can be made available to healthcare providers and the general public.
- Telehealth will be critical to follow-up care and care coordination. By 2018, it is estimated that 65% of our interactions with healthcare providers and facilities will take place via mobile devices, and telehealth will be able to help patients not just with urgent care, but also specialty care issues.
- Effective patient behavior change and patient loyalty determine the value of patient engagement – the provider-patient relationship remains the biggest driver of success.
Changing healthcare is a long run and innovation is definitely the driving force. Konica Minolta and the BIC are committed to be part of this digital transformation of Health and create the future… your future. If you are as excited as us, let’s meet. We will be attending HIMSS 2018 in Las Vegas, but next up for the team is Health 2.0 in San Francisco. We hope to see you there!
PS: Learn more about our Telehealth and discover how we are helping improve access to care.
Yalan Lai serves as Business Associate at the Konica Minolta Business Innovation Center