What issues dominated HIMSS17? We asked, you answered

February 28, 2017

What issues dominated HIMSS17? We asked, you answered

More than 40,000 people attended HIMSS in Orlando, Fla., the week of Feb. 20. The single dominant theme may have very well been the fact that there wasn't one.

We asked several attendees and vendors this question: What issues did you expect or see receive more attention at HIMSS17 compared to last year? Here's what we heard.

John Kravitz, CIO and Interim Chief Data Officer, Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pa.): "I think population health involving advanced analytics has increased over the last year. Also, the interoperability of diverse platforms to support the analytic process to support the population health initiatives. Genomics is becoming a hot topic this year as well, especially as genome sequencing is beginning to identify risks to patients that save their lives. The integration of genomics into the provider workflow as this information becomes available is an item that a lot of providers are wrestling to accomplish successfully."

Ian McCrae, CEO, Orion Health (Auckland, New Zealand): "It's around precision medicine — getting more and more data, joined together with the normal medical record and the phenotypic data, but also making sense of it with machine learning."

This article was originally reported on the Becker's HIT & CIO Review website.

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