March 2017

IBM CEO says ‘cognitive era’ in healthcare has begun
HIMSS 2017 in Orlando opened with IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty proclaiming the advent of what she calls the “cognitive era” in healthcare, encouraging clinicians and IT to aggressively pursue and accept new technologies.
Digital voice assistants may pair patients, physicians in living rooms
In Orlando, Nathan Treloar, president and COO of Orbita, a firm focused on connected home healthcare solutions, explains how digital voice assistants have advanced and what’s to come in the future.
The connected healthcare revolution has started—but there are obstacles
Connected health using technologies has improved care delivery across the healthcare continuum. In a presentation at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, Jeroen Tas, chief innovation and strategy officer at Royal Philips, examined the role of technology and barriers organizations may face in implementing connected health technology.
Four pillars of social media governance
In healthcare, social media is a much more serious affair than a few tweets and Instagram posts. The governance of such activity in healthcare is crucial in the protection of patient data and compliance with HIPAA. Nelly Jacobo, director of digital strategy at Cedars-Sinai, and Melody Smith Jones, manager of Connected Health at Perficient, discussed the four pillars of social media governance at HIMSS 2017
How digital tech can boost social determinants of health
The social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions such as geographic location, genetics, diet and education that can impact the health of population groups. In a session at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, MA, MHSA, discussed how technological advancements can engage consumers and providers to address these SDOH that can improve or diminish health risks.
EHRs are advancing 'with you or without you'
Healthcare leaders are confident their organizations will realize the full benefits of electronic health records
(EHRs), while warning clinicians resistant to new technology to either take advantage of training opportunities or get left behind.
Wearable-gathered data improves care for seniors
J. Patrick Bewley, CEO of Big Cloud Analytics, and Moulay Elalamy, VP of information technology at Benchmark Senior Living, presented a study at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando on the effects of wearable technology on seniors living in a community center.
IT growth expected but vendors too quickly 'moving on' from EHRs
The 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey found a strong demand for health IT employees and continued growth in IT budgets for both vendors and providers. In some cases, however, providers and vendors aren’t sharing the same priorities.
HIMSS 2017: Rebooting digital health with gamification, virtual reality
Games and interactive experiences in the healthcare field are specialties of Denise Silber, a digital health and social media consulting expert, who discussed these technologies at HIMSS 2017.
How one hospital prepared for, and survived, a ‘hacktivist’ cyberattack
Sometimes, hackers aren’t motivated by money when they go after patient records. Luckily for hospitals and health systems, even so-called “hacktivists” can be stopped with the same defenses that fend off other cyberattacks.
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