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The Road to #VirtualHIMSS20: Perspectives on Change in the Healthcare Industry

by Jenna Sindle

With just over a month until #VirtualHIMSS20, the Future Healthcare Today team is busy documenting the major trends and conversations that will shape this year’s event. While there’s a wealth of information for healthcare IT leaders on the official HIMSS20 site, there’s also a lot of be learned from peers. This week we’re featuring the insights of three healthcare IT leaders as they share the topics that they think should be top of mind for healthcare IT leaders participating in #VirtualHIMSS20.

David Chou: Identifying Major Healthcare IT Trends

David Chou is a healthcare IT luminary who brings a great deal of insight to CIO-level conversation. Having led IT transformation with the Cleveland Clinic, University of Mississippi Medical Center, AHMC Healthcare, Prime Healthcare, and Children’s Mercy Hospital, Chou is well placed to not only identify the trends that matter, but also analyze their impacts for his peers.

Chou recently shared his thoughts on the most important conversations taking place during #virtualHIMSS20 on LinkedIn.  In his article he identified five key considerations for healthcare CIOs, from choosing the right technology to incorporate virtual care offerings to driving patient personalization through a digital front door. Also top of mind for him is making sure that hospitals and healthcare systems choose the right partner to navigate these vital technology decisions to deliver success in each realm from patient engagement to cost management.

Ready to learn more? Here’s the complete article.

Mike McNamara: Three Ways AI will Improve Healthcare

  1. So much hype, so few results, right? While that might be true in some sectors, healthcare is leading the way in proven applications with positive results, despite the limitations of data privacy concerns and cost barriers.

We’ve covered this topic frequently on Future Healthcare Today over the last year, but this piece from Mike McNamara really brings the value of AI in healthcare into sharp relief. McNamara identifies three prominent use cases – Medical Imaging, Digital Pathology, and Genomics – where AI has “increased the speed and accuracy of diagnosis” and how bringing these technologies together “as part of an extended diagnostic workflow” can deliver better patient outcomes.

McNamara creates a compelling AI-driven story as he walks us through these use cases individually and then weaves them together to demonstrate how the power of AI is increased exponentially when the use cases are combined as they would be in a traditional clinical workflow.

McNamara also shares resources to help overcome objections and challenges, accelerating the path to successful AI in practice.

Here are the links to the article and the resources.

Yaya Mbaoua: Telehealth Can Improve Rural Healthcare

Yaya Mbaoua is CEO of the Mbaoua Group. According to an article in mobihealthnews, The Mbaoua Group “has been an integral part of a pilot program to bring telemedicine to Zimbabwe” where over 65 percent of the population lives in rural areas. For those rural communities, being able to get access to specialists is the primary goal so that patients in these remote villages can extend the care they receive beyond the traveling nurse who acts as their primary care provider.

What’s interesting about Mbaoua’s story is that it echoes the pain points felt by rural communities in the United States. In a conversation last fall with Dr. Stephanie Lahr, Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer at Regional Health in Rapid City, South Dakota, she shared that it’s extremely difficult for patients living in rural America to access specialist care unless they’re able to travel to a regional center for care. As Dr. Lahr noted in our conversation: “Telemedicine presents an opportunity to solve the rural healthcare crisis…It can bring extra physicians, expert physicians and other specialty resources to a rural community without the need to hire new staff, build new support systems or add to the workload of clinical staff.”

Read more about Yaya Mbaoua’s work in Zimbabwe or Dr. Lahr’s thoughts on telemedicine in the US.

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