National Conventions and Health IT

Health IT has a foundational role in healthcare transformation, and health IT innovation is a leading healthcare theme this summer.  As part of our role as convener and educator, HIMSS co-hosted two discussions “Game Changing Innovation: Health IT as a Catalyst for Healthcare Transformation” in Cleveland and Philadelphia these past two weeks to provide non-partisan education to delegates, healthcare professionals, media, and the general public.

In Cleveland, we collaborated with the other tenants of the Global Center for Health Innovation to sponsor an education panel, in the HIMSS Innovation Center.  The session, featured observations from three Ohio-based experts on the innovations they are implementing or planning that have a direct impact on how care is being delivered.  Dr. Martin Harris (CIO of the Cleveland Clinic and former HIMSS Board Chairman) wowed everyone on the path forward for mobile technology in healthcare and its likely impact on the patient-provider relationship; Dr. Warren Selman (Chief of Surgical Theater University Hospitals)  gave the crowd a glimpse into the augmented reality (AV) tools available to neurosurgeons to assist with brain surgery prep; and The Honorable Barbara Sears (former HIMSS State Legislator of the Year and now Assistant Director of the Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation) presented new tools that Ohio has developed through the OARRS program to help providers and government combat the opioid epidemic in the state.

Similarly, in Philadelphia, HIMSS partnered with our Delaware Valley HIMSS Chapter to host a Game Changing discussion.  Guest keynote speaker, Dr. Donald Levich (CMIO for Lehigh Valley Health and longtime HIMSS DV Chapter board member) gave an impassioned presentation on reality technology’s role in our everyday lives and the impact on care delivery now and into the future.

In both cities, presenters and audience members echoed the belief that health IT can improve care delivery and accelerate transformation.  The recurring themes were the power of mobile technology to engage patients in their care; the leaps forward we can make by leveraging virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to advance medical education and technique improvement for all clinicians; and the necessity of technology to help us address public health crises.