• by Bruce Carlson
  • February 27 2017
  • EMR

Round-Up of HIMSS 2017

Round-Up of HIMSS 2017

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) held their annual conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, with over 1,250 vendors and 42,287 attendees.  Our analyst Mary Anne Crandall, offer of EMR 2016 and an upcoming report on the electronic medical records market this year, attended the event.  

The most talked about topics at the conference were quality integrated care, EHR management and cybersecurity. Robert Herjavec, cybersecurity expert, entrepreneur, author and Kevin O’Leary, investor in innovation speaking on Cybersecurity both had very interesting view points on cybersecurity in healthcare.

The keynote speaker was Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM.  Speaking on political perspectives of America’s future was John Boehner, former Speaker, US House of Representatives and Ed Rendell the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania.  Boehner made news at the meeting suggesting that Obamacare would not be fully repealed by the House of Representatives.  

"They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it," he said.  

There seemed to be a high level of excitement and anticipation for what this New Year will bring for healthcare IT. One of the more innovative and  interesting topics is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Google’s TensorFlow and IBM Watson were two commercial products discussed, including the analytics capabilities using AI and machine learning techniques.

The consensus seemed to be that AI is a new frontier technology, but there will be a learning curve for using them effectively to improve healthcare.  There was also an emphasis on 'augmented intelligence' versus complete AI.  

Of news for those watching the EMR market was Epic's announcement that it would be launching a lower cost version of its Epic product, called "Sonnet" with features removed, as well as a mid-cost version with less featured removed.  Both are upgradable and represent Epic's attempt to expand market share beyond large institutional sales.