HIMSS 2018

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...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2018
The Personal Connected Health Alliance’s Digital Health Pavilion at HIMSS18 will once again feature “The Connected Health Experience,” a series of presentations and demonstrations of the latest connected health innovations. But this year the range of subjects will be even wider. “There’s some similarities and some differences from last year,” said John Sharp, senior manager at PCHA. “As before,...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2018
This year at HIMSS18, InterSystems will be launching a new fast healthcare interoperability resource (FHIR) sandbox, which acts as a virtual testing environment. The technology is designed to enable developers to connect to multi-source health records when they are testing and developing their apps. The technology specifically targets app platforms that let inventors create SMART on FHIR apps in...
By Dave Muoio February 26, 2018
Telehealth technologies can connect patients and providers across miles, but some wrinkles still persist. Healthcare systems’ telemedicine devices often come in a slew of different makes and models, and a physician’s standard workflow can introduce a myriad of delays throughout the connection process. At this year’s HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, telehealth platform provider Avizia said that it...
By Laura Lovett February 20, 2018
With so many innovative ideas circulating, conference attendees are hard-pressed to cover all of it. To help provide more knowledge in a shorter time span, the Innovation Live exhibit area will be hosting a new format. Lightning Sessions are 20-minute presentations that will cover some of the most pressing issues in the industry from using analytics in the real world to dealing with...
By Dave Muoio February 15, 2018
As new technologies and consumer-focused strategies continue their takeover of the healthcare industry, health systems will have to adjust their care models or be left in the dust. Rewiring an incumbent healthcare enterprise is no easy feat, however, and nearly every decision and assumption made along the way is a potential pitfall that requires an open mind. “Team-based, technology-enabled,...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2018
When Kate Sheridan was 11 years old, a series of complications from Lyme Disease changed her life dramatically. “I went from a straight A student to not being able to read and write, a competitive athlete to wheelchair-bound, and developed an intense pain disorder,” she said. “We very suddenly had a lot to manage — medication schedules, dozens of doctor appointments and conflicting diagnoses,...
February 14, 2018
Since his appointment in early 2017, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, has made modernizing the agency a top priority. Shulkin has taken a number of steps to accomplish this, including the launch of the Anywhere to Anywhere initiative with President Trump in August 2017. The VA aims to use the program to allow agency medical providers to practice telehealth across...
By Dave Muoio February 12, 2018
Hurried conversations, paper brochures, and other long-standing approaches to patient education often fall short of their goals, so it’s little surprise that researchers are eyeing digital technologies as a potential solution. “The bedside education that is given in paper is usually not consumed by the patient — they’re either throwing it away or they’re just forgetting about it,” said Nick...
By Laura Lovett February 8, 2018
As remote monitoring becomes more and more popular providers are starting discussions about how to harvest and use the incoming data. But a serious challenge lies in how to synthesize data coming in from different sources. People have preferences — you might even go so far as to say there are “Fitbit people” and “Apple Watch people.” “What we are trying to do with these devices is collect non-...