It’s that time of year again. HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, the world’s largest healthcare information technology event, takes place in Orlando February 11-15, 2019. I’ll be there—along with 40,000 IT professionals, clinicians and hospital executives—and I’m looking forward to meeting with Voalte customers, reconnecting with people I haven’t seen in some time, and getting a look at the exciting trends emerging in our industry. If you’re going to Orlando, here’s what you can expect to see:
- Tech giants as healthcare leaders. Google, Amazon and Microsoft will be visible as exhibitors again this year, as the big technology companies continue to make progress in the healthcare arena. Amazon is making a number of plays in our industry, from PillPack, the pharmacy startup it acquired for $1 billion, to Alexa as a voice agent for natural language processing, to Amazon Web Services for Cloud-based scalable platforms and analytics. Google, having recently named former Geisinger CEO David Feinberg to lead its healthcare initiatives, will be exhibiting its big data tools in Orlando. Apple is officially entrenched in the healthcare space as well, not only with Apple Watch as a generator of health data, but also with HealthKit and ResearchKit generating apps that can integrate with medical research and pull personal health data into the EHR. While each tech company has a different perspective on how to transform healthcare, it will be exciting to see the new viewpoints and partnerships being brokered over the next five years.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) as more than a buzzword. Ask 10 people about the role of AI in healthcare and you’ll likely get 10 very different responses. We’re in the initial stages of actual manifestations of AI that have an impact on patient care, from natural language processing to deep learning and data analysis using information from the EHR and physiological monitors to treat chronic disease. It will be interesting to see how today’s “narrow AI” use cases transition from the latest cool, shiny object to the first real-world product boasting much more sophisticated “general AI.” As it relates to communication and alert notification, we’re already starting to see some progress from innovative health systems such as Spectrum Health, which is integrating its EHR with Voalte Platform to send predictive alerts, particularly Modified Early Warning Scores (MEWS) and symptoms of sepsis.
- Clinical collaboration as a core component of digital transformation. Healthcare leaders have recognized the crucial role clinical communication and collaboration plays in their overall plans for digital transformation. We’ve reached the point where it’s not just about a single hospital deploying a communication platform, but entire hospital systems with tens of thousands of employees standardizing on a comprehensive communication solution. These large, complex projects require a whole new level of deployability, scalability and flexibility, which only Voalte has the experience to deliver.
- Interoperability as a necessity rather than a nice-to-have. Standards-based interoperability is vital in today’s healthcare ecosystem to improve patient outcomes and experience. As part of consolidation, health systems often need to bridge EHRs from different vendors or multiple instances of a particular EHR, causing numerous headaches not only for the IT team but also for clinicians. HIMSS recognizes the importance of interoperability with its Interoperability Showcase, one of the highest trafficked areas of the exhibit floor. Don’t miss it at HIMSS19, where Voalte Platform will be part of the Mother and Infant Mortality Prevention use case.
If you’re going to HIMSS19, come to Booth 2287 for a demo of Voalte Platform and Voalte Insight, our new data analytics solution. This powerful tool gives hospital administrators access to the data they need to monitor, analyze and optimize clinical communication across their organizations. See you in Orlando!
Trey Lauderdale is Founder and CEO of Voalte.