HIMSS 2022 – Speakers to Consider

March 14–18, 2022 Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL

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The HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition, where professionals throughout the global health ecosystem connect for the education, innovation and collaboration they need to reimagine health and wellness will be in Orland, March 14-18. Follow the event’s hashtags.

There will be a lot to see, hear, and do when you get there. Here are a few speakers and sessions we wanted to bring to your attention. Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 14

Lightbeam Health Solutions – Pre-Conference Nursing Symposium
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET in Room W311A
Requires Registration

Shelley Davis, MSN, RNC, CCM, will be presenting. The Nursing Informatics Symposium connects nursing practice, information and technology. As organizations work to re-imagine themselves, the role of the nursing informatics professional is expanding. Focus on what we’ve learned in the past two years and move forward to empower ourselves and others. During this program you will hear from informatics experts on topics such as documentation burden, innovation, health equity, and digital transformation.

The Name of the Game is Implementation
Time: 9:45 am ET at the Rosen Centre, Grand Ballroom C

This session is part of the Machine Learning and AI for Healthcare Forum and requires an additional fee and registration. It’s one thing to develop a machine learning or AI solution in a lab or research room but it’s all together different to implement the solution into the workflow. The list of boxes to check is long and changing. This panel will look at what it takes to get this technology out of the research area or innovation center and to the fingertips of the providers to who need it. Jose Rocha, Director of Central Business, First Choice Neurology is participating in this HIMSS22 panel.

Work From Home Emergency Response: Speed Trumps Perfection
Time:  9:50 – 10:40 am ET in Room W206A

This session is part of the Professional Development Seminar and requires an additional fee and registration. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Dr. Michael J. Ryan’s words “Speed trumps perfection” could have easily applied to IT teams that had to move quickly to develop strategies that kept their employees safe and productive while working from home. Like so many others, healthcare employees were sent to work from home as part of the emergency pandemic response. IT teams had to act fast to deliver a viable solution to ensure business continuity for a large remote workforce. The solutions put into place by many IT teams were neither ideal nor optimized for those employees’ workflows and personal preferences. In this session we’ll dive into the obstacles faced by IT teams suddenly forced to support a remote workforce.

Leveraging AI to Unearth Social Determinants of Health Risks
Time: 2:25 – 3:05 pm EDT at the Rosen Centre, Grand Ballroom C

Speakers – Michael Dulin, Professor and Director, Academy for Population Health Innovation, University of North Carolina, Charlotte & Este Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer, Esri

Unpredictable social risk factors can wreak havoc on providers and payers given the inability to determine the actuarial aspects related to delivery of and payment for care. This panel will study how sophisticated algorithms are being used to predict these risk factors to provide a more personalized and value driven care. Also of great importance, these data analysis strategies can provide incentives to treat the sickest patients in a clinical AI setting.

Tuesday, March 15

Simplify CC&C Deployment & Reduce Overhead Required to Scale
Time: 10:15 – 10:35 am ET in Hall E- Booth 8140 – Market Debut Theater

Speaker – Si Luo, VP, Vocera Edge, Vocera Communications, Inc.

Learn how hospitals can enhance care team mobility and efficiency at the point of care through effective, reliable clinical workflows with Vocera Edge, a cloud-based communication solution for smartphones. Get more value from your EHR and bring the whole care team together, centered around the patient.

Forum: Achieving interoperability takes more than an envelope: How do you deliver population-level interoperability?
11:15 am – 12:15 pm ET in Room 202C and 3 pm – 5:30 pm ET in Room 203B
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Join fellow CIOs and CAOs along with leaders from KLAS, Arcadia, Rush Health, Castell, IMSNY, and others to share strategies and avoid interoperability “gotcha” moments for effective, outcome-driven information-sharing inside and outside your walls.

Enable Secure, Seamless Patient and Family Communication
Time: 11:15 – 11:35 am ET in Hall E- Booth 8140 – Market Debut Theater

Speaker – Matthew Kanagy, Vice President, Vocera

View a demo of a patient’s journey through a hospital and learn how the Vocera Ease app simplifies nurse workflows by making it easier to manage seamless communication with patients and families. Improve the experience for patients, families, and the clinicians providing care.

Interoperability at Planet Scale with a Purpose
Time: 1:45 – 2:45 pm ET in the Interoperability Showcase

Dedalus global executives sharing real examples of connecting healthcare organizations, as providers’ need to gain more real-time access and insights from the vast stores of data and information about patient care becomes increasingly important.

Wednesday, March 16

Connect, Protect: Innovations in Hands-Free Communication
Time: 9:45 – 10:05 am ET in Hall E- Booth 8140 – Market Debut Theater

Speakers – Dave Lively, Vice President, Product Management & Prakash Guda, Director Device Engineering, Vocera Communications, Inc.

The need to safeguard healthcare workers and ease the work of patient care has never been greater. That’s why we’re making hands-free, voice-driven communication even more natural and intuitive, allowing healthcare workers to interact with wearable devices more like they do with a smart speaker or virtual assistant, using “conversational voice.”

Client Educational Session: Driving Health Through Patient Empowerment and Self Service
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET in Room 414A

Speakers – Monica Bolbjerg MD, Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder, Qure4u and Aaron Sudbury MD, Medical Director at Unified Women’s Healthcare

Learn how one of the nation’s largest women’s health networks leverages self-service tools to empower patients and offset provider workload. This session will share lessons learned on a journey through the seven stages of virtual care adoption. This session addresses how healthcare organizations can reimagine their digital front-door and engagement strategy in a way that drives efficiency, makes patients active participants throughout their care journey, and improves clinical insight and outcomes.

How to Build a Medical Device Security Program
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET in Room W311E

Speaker – Tamra Durfee, Virtual Information Security Officer at Fortified Health Security (Booth #300-26)

Want to build a medical device security program from the ground up? Don’t know where to start? Walk away from this presentation with a plan to kick off a medical device security program. Medical devices are a weak link susceptible to cyberattack, and the stakes are high—patient lives. Historically medical devices were stand-alone and only interacted with the patient. Today, medical devices are storing and transmitting patient data. Medical devices contain configurable embedded computer systems. Medical devices are connected to the network, potentially accessible by anyone on the network and subject to cyberattack. Many are legacy devices with no control options. Current medical device inventory lacks basic IT information.

AI Drives Smart Med Data Migration for EHR Consolidation
Time: 2:30 pm ET, Orange County Convention Center, W204A

In this educational session, learn how WellSpan Health implemented a conversion process using an AI engine that cleans data, safely infers meaning, and optimizes large-scale data discrepancies and variations to minimize blank fields and prevent duplication.

A Hospital at Home Program Raised Patient Satisfaction
4:00 – 5:00 pm ET in Room WF4

Speaker: Sean Spina, BSPharm, PharmD, RPh, Director of Special Projects, Vancouver Island Health Authority

This session will discuss Island Health’s Hospital at Home (HaH) program, which was created to determine whether treating acute-care patients in their own homes is as effective as in-hospital treatment. In formally gathering feedback from Island Health’s HaH patients, 98% of patients interviewed have said that if they had the opportunity to enroll in the HaH program again, they would.

Thursday, March 17

Arcadia Lunch and Learn: Data science for clinical impact — building a predictive analytics ecosystem
11:15 am – 12:15 pm ET in Room 203B
Registration required — request a lunch invitation.

Arcadia’s director of data science Michael Simon, PhD has most recently been recognized for his work on the drivers of long-COVID, but his longtime focus has been on designing predictive algorithms that surface patients in need of intervention and promote better health equity. Explore best practice for implementing predictive analytics for your populations, from the importance of training algorithms on a massive, diverse, longitudinal data asset to best practices for avoiding implicit bias.

100 Million Masks: When the Supply Chain Failed, We Jumped In
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET Room W330A

Speakers – Melissa Tizon, Assistant Vice President, Communications, Providence and Orest Holubec, Government Employee/Public Servant Providence Health and Services

Providence’s lead communicators have both an inspiring and a cautionary tale to tell. They will discuss what happened when one of the most technologically enabled nation’s basic supply chain systems failed and could not assure personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers. There is an inspiring element to the story. The speakers will recount how, through strategic communications, they encouraged thousands of volunteers to jump in and create more than 100 million masks. However, the presenters also intend to raise awareness of how healthcare IT can help address one of our national health system’s biggest vulnerabilities. The situation requires IT, communications, advocacy, and others to come together and avoid another crisis that deeply impacts our front-line caregivers.

Friday, March 18

Client Educational Session: A Data Consolidation Journey During M&A Activity
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am ET in Room W311A

Speakers – Lisa Shubitowski, System Director, Interoperability, Hartford Healthcare and Richard Shirey, MBA, Chief Information Officer, Hartford Healthcare Corporation

A high rate of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in recent years made it necessary for Hartford HealthCare to implement a legacy data management strategy. Hartford absorbed 83 physician practices since 2018, along with a large number of EHR systems. Having this much legacy data sitting dormant on so many different EHRs was not a long-term solution, especially with various regulatory, financial and patient care repercussions. With the help of their data archival solutions partner, the team at Hartford was able to decommission the old legacy data from the disparate systems and migrate it to Epic. This resulted in a systemwide secure, financially savvy and patient-centric EHR. Throughout their data consolidation journey, Hartford executed 40+ archived data sources, nearly 400,000 documents archived, and 167TB of legacy data under management—all the while they were able to continue delivering high-quality patient care among their seven acute-care hospitals and 400 physician practices.

Client Educational Session: Mercyhealth’s Automated Processes Through the Pandemic
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am ET in Room W308A

Speakers – Kimberly Scaccia, Vice President, Revenue Cycle, Mercyhealth

It was day one for the new vice president of revenue cycle at Mercyhealth, and she was already faced with furlough plans and sending staff home as the COVID-19 shutdown began. Kimberly Scaccia immediately established a precise, strategic approach to accounts receivables (AR) management—one that kept cash flowing and team performance intact. Because collecting revenue is the lifeblood of healthcare facilities—even during a pandemic—she immediately shifted patient account management focus using revenue cycle automation. Scaccia’s efforts resulted in immediate cash and heightened staff performance. In this session, attendees will walk through Mercyhealth’s step-by-step implementation of a reengineered revenue cycle program, including inspiring metrics of the highest collection rate in four years and a 17-day reduction in AR days. The speaker explores key methods to improve cash flow and analyze how to track performance over productivity, establishing a more successful revenue cycle program.

Building ACO Analytics: Opportunities, Measurement, and ROI
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am in Room W307A Session #299

Speakers – Jamie Reedy, MD, MPH, Chief Population Health Officer, Summit Health and Ashish Parikh, MD, Chief Quality Officer, Summit Health

In this session, Summit Health leaders will share their approach to value-based care (VBC) implementation, including their strategy for prioritizing, executing, and measuring data-driven initiatives using an analytics foundation to drive performance on VBC contracts. Attendees will come away with high-value initiatives they can apply to their population health and VBC programs.

How Technology Changed Pandemic Communications…for Good
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am ET Room W209C

Speaker – Michelle Machon, RN, MSN, DNP, CPHIMS, CENP, Director, Clinical Education, Practice and Informatics, Kaiser Permanente

Hospital operations were severely impacted in all organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Timely, accurate and efficient communications were vital to the management of the 3 S’s (staff, supplies and space). Utilizing digital communication platforms, many organizations were successful in maximizing communication to mobilize these key resources—often at a moment’s notice. This presentation will share the best practices of clinical communication in times of greatest need—from online hub-type communication applications/platforms to hands-free voice communications in areas where traditional communication methodologies were not available. Evidence-based examples will be presented and the presenters will share the key strategies for successful communication in leading organizations during a pandemic.