We reached higher than ever at this year’s HIMSS conference, with a two-story Voalte booth that was constantly jam-packed with healthcare IT professionals who were eager to learn about Voalte Platform, the most powerful healthcare communication solution on the planet. Here’s what some of our team took away from the event in Las Vegas.
Dana Peco, MSN, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Solutions Specialist
For me, the best part of HIMSS was the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Interoperability Showcase. I saw technology related to the early detection and intervention of Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD), and the sharing of data with the state and CDC in regards to diagnosis and demographic information related to both mom and baby. This was near and dear to my heart, because I was a NICU nurse for 18 years and instituted the CCHD program at Sarasota Memorial Health Care with Pediatric Cardiologist Michelle Shari Miller, MD, long before it was mandated by the state of Florida.
Angela Geraets, BSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Solutions Manager
I agree with Dana that the Interoperability Showcase was the best part of HIMSS. It was interesting to see how technology was leveraged to assist the tracking of information for mom and baby, and I liked how they focused on mom and baby throughout the entire presentation. To me, this showed the patient is still the focus, even with all the advances we’ve seen in technology.
Alex Brown, Director of Strategy
The “AI in Action” Experience Room was a highlight at HIMSS. Nuance delivered a powerful 15-minute demonstration showing their vision of voice, artificial intelligence and smart speakers working in concert to “flatten” complex workflows in a healthcare environment.
Naila Maroon, Marketing Communications Director
Everyone at HIMSS seemed to be interested in patient engagement. I had many conversations about the future of communication solutions that will not only connect caregivers but will also connect patients with their providers. Will we see a day when patients can send text messages directly to their physicians and the rest of their care team instantaneously? HIMSS attendees seem to think so.
Angela Kauffman, Manager of Product Marketing and Partnerships
Both Google and Amazon had large booths on the main aisle next to the usual big players (Epic, Cerner, IBM). Their presence promotes the strategies Trey Lauderdale has been discussing recently regarding security, artificial intelligence and machine learning. I think the entry of these big players in the health IT space will push everyone to think bigger.
Eric Brill, General Manager of Clinical Solutions
This year, communication vendors rose to a level of importance I’ve not seen at HIMSS previously. I see this as a sign that communication platforms are poised to be the next big thing in healthcare, resembling the growth of the electronic medical record in the past. Communication is a challenge that every hospital is going to need to address – and quickly – because of dying legacy products.
Matt Peterson, Regional Vice President
I’ve been to 11 or 12 HIMSS conferences, and it just gets bigger and bigger every year. The clinical communication and collaboration segment has also gotten a lot bigger. Where communication and alarm management were previously afterthoughts, they are now hot topics for every hospital, which was clear in the number of people seeking us out and packing our booth during every moment of the exhibition hours.
If you couldn’t attend HIMSS18 or didn’t get a chance to visit the Voalte booth, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we would be happy to schedule your private demo of Voalte Platform.