Afterthoughts from HIMSS 15

himss16-nextyearThe HIMSS 2015 conference is officially over. It was a week of more than any one person could take in. As usual it was bigger and better than last year. It is always good to check in with our regular contributors and industry to see what they had to say about HIMSS this year.

John Halamka – A Dispatch from HIMSS
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend HIMSS this year because a special request from Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel. My second in command at BIDMC, Manu Tandon, attended HIMSS on my behalf and sent the following analysis of the key themes he experienced. Read the complete post.

Terry Edwards – HIMSS 2015: The power of conversation
As I walked down aisle after aisle at HIMSS, I saw solution after solution for better patient engagement and to help health systems tackle things such as ICD-10. This didn’t surprise me because while it may take healthcare a long time to catch on to things, once we do it, we do it big. Read the complete post.

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn – Health = love. Care = love. Healthcare? Meh
Bruce Broussard, CEO of Humana, forgot the charger for his smartwatch on a business trip. Stopping into a consumer electronics store, he was struck by the options he faced of various wearable technologies. He ended up buying a new watch, which he uses for exercise tracking. Read the complete post.

Health Catalyst – HIMSS 2015 Day 1: The State of Healthcare Analytics
Today Dr. John Haughom and I attended multiple HIMSS education sessions that stood out because of their focus on using data and analytics to improve clinical care, patient experience, costs and population health. Here is our summary of the highlights of what we heard. An while your on their site check out their recaps on each day. Read the complete post.

mobilehealthnews – In-Depth: Round-up of digital health news from HIMSS15
After spending a few days in Chicago at the HIMSS 15 event, the MobiHealthNews team has rounded up all the mobile and digital health news that came out of the always noisy conference. Here’s our list of news announcements, reports from the keynote stage, recaps of sideline conversations, and more from the past week. Read the round-up.

Healthcare Informatics – CMS’s Slavitt and ONC’s DeSalvo Offer Clarity on Federal Healthcare IT Policy
By Mark Hagland – At the final keynote session at HIMSS15 in Chicago, Slavitt and DeSalvo made starkly clear what they expect of providers going forward—as well as of their own federal agencies. Read the complete post.

TechTarget – HIMSS 2015 delightfully chaotic
By Shaun Sutner – HIMSS 2015 was a health techie’s wonderland, with plenty of partying, delightful chaos among hundreds of vendors and more than 43,000 attendees hoofing it across the vast expanses of the McCormick Place convention center, North America’s largest. Continue reading.

Bio IT World – HIMSS Keynote Speakers Highlight the Speed of Innovation
By John Otrompke – The move toward connectedness in health care has not slowed, as a range of presenters, exhibitors and attendees filled two entire buildings of Chicago’s McCormick Place almost to capacity, during this week’s annual HIMSS meeting (the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), in one of the largest HIMSS conferences on record. Read the complete post.