HIMSS19, the Global Healthcare Conference & Expo, will be held from February 11-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This is the world’s leading health information and technology event, attracting Healthcare professionals from around the world to interact with their peers, as well as industry technology vendors and manufacturers. At HIMSS, CIOs, clinical and business analysts, and technology professionals come to learn about new products and technologies to solve clinical or business problems.
ePlus Technology, Inc. will once again have a booth at the event, #5285, and will have several vendors in attendance to demonstrate of their products. We will be setting up a special demonstration area for Surgical Theater to demonstrate their VR solution in Healthcare.
In fact, Virtual Reality will be one of the hottest topics at this year’s event, together with artificial intelligence (AI) applications for clinical and business decisions, and Blockchain:
Virtual Reality: ePlus will be presenting our virtual reality solution in collaboration with Surgical Theater at the ePlus booth this year. It is exciting to be able to provide a clinical system that can have such a positive impact on the patient experience, surgical outcomes, physicians, and hospitals’ surgical retention for covered procedures. Visitors to the booth will have the opportunity to interact with the 3D constructs using a VR headset. This will give attendees a first-person perspective of an anomaly experienced by a specific patient, and how a surgeon might change the surgical plan to provide the patient with a better outcome. This solution is exclusive to ePlus and is an important differentiator between us and our competitors.
Artificial Intelligence (AI): Traditional and startup companies are integrating AI, machine learning, and deep learning algorithms into their product offerings. This year’s attendees can attend a full-day session on Monday the 11th to hear from industry experts. The session topics closely parallel the ePlus AI offerings introduced a few months ago—topics such as State of the Industry: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare align closely with our consultative approach to AI in healthcare.
There is no “easy button” for implementing AI, machine learning or deep learning in complex healthcare environments. Another session topic, Data & Cloud Infrastructure: Building Blocks for Healthcare Transformation, speaks to the tremendous growth of data in the healthcare setting and the need to properly curate it so these technologies can take full advantage of it. When the movement of data between between on-premises or cloud-based infrastructures and computational resources is well managed, it can significantly affect both the efficiency of the algorithms and timeliness of the results.
Blockchain: This will be the second year blockchain technologies have a significant presence. The case for using blockchain technology in healthcare matches well with evolving data privacy and security rules. By using blockchain technologies, data integrity is addressed in the distributed nature of storage, access logging and data validation inherent in the protocols. On Monday, the 11th, attendees can attend a special Blockchain Forum where they can learn more about it, and get the Federal perspective on how this technology can impact the public and private sectors. They will also learn about current pilots using blockchain in the clinical setting, to help them decide if it’s a technology they should pursue.
Other interesting topics include: Cybersecurity, Precision Medicine and Genomics, Patient Experience and Telehealth (Virtual Care), and how Wearables might be used to provide new data acquisition and feedback methods.
Cybersecurity in Healthcare can seem complicated, complex, ill-defined, and challenging. That’s because it is. But it is possible to develop, implement and maintain an effective cybersecurity program in the healthcare setting. At the Cybersecurity Forum, attendees will learn how to identify and address gaps they may not be aware of and how to overcome typical challenges. Topics covered include strategies for educating physicians, effective ways to secure cloud services, and how to sell security to the Board.
On the topic of Telehealth and Patient Experience, healthcare organizations are expanding patient access to more of their services using collaboration technologies. At one organization, patients and family can start a virtual visit with their physician, then be transferred to the pharmacy for prescription fills, consults, procedure scheduling and even billing departments during a single encounter. This can help improve patient satisfaction results by addressing their communication concerns and convenience issues.
ePlus Booth Location at HIMSS 19: http://himss19.mapyourshow.com/7_0/floorplan/?hallID=S&selectedBooth=5285&shareguid=79CF2348-AD01-ED2A-74A60E8355B07DA3
ePlus Technology online showroom for HIMSS 19: http://himss19.mapyourshow.com/7_0/exhibitor_details.cfm?exhid=33662&shareguid=79CF2350-0E2B-5858-3D40EC6F433024D7