HIMSS 2018

By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2018
Artificial intelligence has huge potential to transform care, but the healthcare system needs to walk before it can run, according to a panel of speakers from IBM Watson, the Mayo Clinic, and the American Medical Association at an after hours dinner at HIMSS18 Monday. “I think this AI stuff is absolutely real, but at the same time we haven’t finished the first job, which is creating systems that...
By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2018
The old model of patient entertainment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital was a TV in every room, and the old method of patient education was a DVD cart wheeled from room to room. But for the last two years, the hospital has replaced both with an iPad system that offers both entertainment and education to its young patients.   “We put this TV out there and said, that’s going to take care of...
By Laura Lovett March 6, 2018
Health 2.0 co-founder Indu Subaiya said she sees healthcare as a living, learning, interconnected system, and the future of healthcare innovation will come from collaboration.  “In this world where health happens everywhere, we are thinking a lot of this metaphor of a cell and the fact that a cell membrane in permeable,” Subaiya said during her keynote address at the Innovation Symposium at...
By Laura Lovett March 6, 2018
 Government agencies don’t always have deep pockets, which can mean there isn’t a whole lot of wiggle room for an innovation budget. But some policy leaders are finding ways to make that budget work. Elise Sweeney-Anthony, director of the office of policy at the ONC, on Monday, said it is important for her organization to turn to stakeholders when looking to innovate.  “We recognize all we are...
By Laura Lovett March 5, 2018
Healthcare is in need of a culture change when it comes to sharing data, Aneesh Chopra, president of NavHealth and former U.S. chief technology officer under President Barack Obama, said Monday at HIMSS18. All over the world, healthcare innovators are developing new technologies and using data to help. However, this information isn’t always available for others to use.  “In a world of unknown, it...
By Dave Muoio March 5, 2018
Improvements in data management will soon mean healthcare providers can engage patients outside of standard care more than ever before, Judy Murphy, chief nursing officer at IBM, said Monday at HIMSS 2018 in Las Vegas.   “We’re managing everyone. We’re not just worrying about the people that we see in front of us, and it’s a real important difference,” Murphy said at the Coordinated and Connected...
By Jonah Comstock March 5, 2018
Innovation is one of the most sought after things in healthcare, but it’s also one of the most poorly understood, according to experts presenting at the Digital and Personal Connected Health conference Monday at HIMSS18. “The term innovation loses so much meaning, and one of the meanings that it gets is ‘It’s innovation if it uses products designed by Apple,’” Dr. David Asch, executive director...
By Laura Lovett March 1, 2018
athenahealth will be debuting Epocrates Connect, a mobile app that directly connects into a provider’s EHR system, at HIMSS 2018 next week. The system uses machine learning and language processing to give providers access to information and coordinate patient care no matter the EHR or care setting.  “Providers today spend nearly 50 percent of their time documenting in various EHR systems and...
By Jonah Comstock March 1, 2018
It’s hard to be a printer and typewriter company in 2018. But IBM spinoff Lexmark has found that many areas — including healthcare — still have a need for its services. “As much as we want to go paperless, there are organizations and processes that unfortunately are still rooted in paper,” Marty DeGraff, Lexmark’s industry director for government, education, and healthcare. “Which is good for us...
By Dave Muoio February 28, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Watson's contributions to the Teladoc platform. Watson does not offer diagnoses. With the acquisition of Best Doctors last summer, telemedicine vendor Teladoc has been providing specialist consultations through its remote platform. A less-publicized outcome of the deal, however, is that the company has also absorbed and implemented the...

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