Recapping the Whirlwind of HIMSS 2016

As expected, HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas was a constant buzz of activity. From the opening keynotes to the exhibit floor to Peyton Manning giving his final speech before announcing his retirement, HIMSS brought the world of healthcare technology together for discussions around moving implementation forward with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

Our ears were open when attendees came by the Intel booth wanting to talk about some of the trends we are seeing, such as how the patient, and their user generated data, plays into healthcare going forward, precision medicine and personalized treatment plans, and the devices (mobile and wearables) that will drive the volume of data coming our way.


During the event, we had the opportunity to speak with a number of CMIOs and physicians about their views of healthcare technology. The one thing they all mentioned in common was the rise in patient engagement and how consumers will be owning their own health in the coming months and years. This was perhaps the most shared trend we observed at HIMSS and something that chief information officers are preparing for as they consider the next generation of their health IT infrastructure. This movement will drive more technology adoption on both sides (consumer and clinician) so the need for interoperability and security, in my view, is at an all-time high.

If you were unable to attend HIMSS, or didn’t quite make it to all of the booths at the exhibition, here’s a little glimpse of what Intel was focusing on in our space:

Precision Medicine: Illumina* was on hand and demonstrated its Intel-based, FDA cleared MiSeqDx System*, showcasing how the industry is moving toward clinical genomics. This is especially important as the pace of diagnosing and formulating care plans around cancer accelerates.

Healthcare IT and Devices: Attendees toured a patient and provider experience of the future utilizing Intel® Unite™ collaboration software and Intel® RealSense™ Technology. Booz Allen Hamilton* demonstrated its CareMap* solution enabling patients to input and monitor progress toward their rehabilitation and recovery plan, share this progress with their physician, and communicate with their physician.

Another big topic on the show floor was that as the industry evolves, healthcare is no longer confined to the hospital. Patients now have the ability to monitor their progress with remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions, and physicians can stay connected to patients, wherever they may be. Our booth partners InterSystems* and Care Innovations* were displaying their innovative solutions in this arena.

Consumer Health: Consumers are generating massive amount of data from wearable devices like the Basis Peak* fitness and sleep tracker. Intel technology is enabling the aggregation and analysis of this data to generate insights for better healthcare management with Intel Health Services Gateway and the Trusted Analytics Platform. See how Oregon Health & Science University* leveraged this technology to help cardiologists analyze Big Data in a next-generation clinical study that merges 24x7 lifestyle data with wearable devices, and clinical records.

Finally, the international flavor at HIMSS continues to grow, showing that healthcare is not limited to a specific country. We met with large contingents from Europe, Asia and Latin America who are looking at healthcare technology as a way to improve care and decrease costs. At the end of the day, that is the real value of HIMSS: the opportunity to collaborate and together improve solutions.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit. It was a terrific week and we are already excited for HIMSS 2017.

What did you find most valuable at HIMSS this year? Did you learn something new that surprised you?

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