March has been a busy month in the healthcare world with HIMSS13 drawing some 35,000 attendees to New Orleans. In meeting after meeting with Dell customers and partners, I kept hearing one thing: what an exciting time it is to be in healthcare IT. I couldn’t agree more.
While healthcare providers are facing plenty of challenges, optimism was definitely in the air.
“Having been in health IT for 25 years … I have never seen this much change, bringing excitement … and innovation,” said Scott Whyte, VP, IT Connectivity, Dignity Health.
Two key takeaways from HIMSS13
First, no major policy announcements were made and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner hinted that none were planned for the remainder of the year. Perhaps regulators want to ensure that hospitals and physicians have more time to meet Stage 2 meaningful use regulations …
Second, there was a lot of talk about what’s next: interoperability and the promise of big data/analytics. Privacy and security were also hot topics, as was the interest in Windows 8 tablets. In fact, the new Latitude 10 enhanced security tablet was a popular item in the Dell booth.
#DoMoreHIT Think Tank
Last week, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences hosted its second annual #DoMoreHIT Think Tank focused on the future of information-driven healthcare. We were joined by 11 influential voices for a robust, day-long discussion of some of the key issues that emerged from HIMSS. I especially enjoyed the conversation about gaming and its potential to engage patients in taking better care of their health. The group also agreed that we need to focus on telling success stories with real-life examples of how IT has made a direct impact, whether on patients or caregivers.
Thanks to everyone who visited Dell at HIMSS or participated in our Think Tank. Your constant feedback is very valuable, so let’s continue the conversation. Do you have a healthcare IT success story to share? If so, let’s hear it.
August Calhoun, Ph.D., is vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.Tags: Government,Healthcare,Technology