HIMSS 2023 in Chicago was truly exciting, for those who attended n person I am sure that you agree with me, that was a lot going on over a busy week. The HIMSS 23 Chicago conference was buzzing with excitement and anticipation as healthcare professionals gathered to discuss the latest trends and innovations in the industry. Among the many topics discussed, three stood out as particularly noteworthy.
There were many topics discussed and super interesting sessions, trying to condensate the content for you is my intention here. Therefore I would like to highlight 3 main topics:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Communications across healthcare channels
- Hospital at home
Everyone at the event was excited, and wondered what their next step would be. The panels of experts discussed how to establish care for patients in their home, or other communities where their physician may not be immediately available. Practitioners know how difficult it is to set up effective communications so that medical information can be relayed and in a way that ensures some level of security.
How about discussing each HIMSS topic individually?
Artificial Intelligence was one if not the biggest trend in Chicago.
Artificial intelligence (AI) was the undeniable star of the show. From predictive analytics to machine learning algorithms, AI was at the forefront of many discussions and presentations. Healthcare professionals are eager to leverage the power of AI to improve patient outcomes, streamline workflows, and enhance the overall patient experience.
According to a recent survey by Accenture, 84% of executives believe that AI will soon be part of their organizations’ strategic plans. AI has finally lived up to its hype: we’re now seeing real-world applications being deployed in healthcare settings across the country.
From helping doctors make better decisions about patient care based on data insights from electronic health records (EHRs), to providing virtual assistants like Alexa for voice-activated access to patient information — these are just two examples among many others where artificial intelligence is making our lives easier as well as improving outcomes for patients and providers alike.
Even though there is still a lot of scepticism around Generative AI, ChatGPT is a very hot subject in many people’s conversations.
Generative AI and large language models should focus on high-impact, low-risk use cases including trimming repetitive administrative tasks.
Other impactful outputs will be reducing the cost of care, extracting meaningful insights from data, alleviating staff burnout and combating staff shortages. Many experts believe that AI is finally living up to its hype.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Lucas Najun Dubos from Globant – a digital native software development leader working with clients in Healthcare & Life Sciences bringing innovative technologies such as cutting-edge AI to life. Lucas stated “imagine the potential and the opportunity to help clients combining that knowledge from other industries translating to the health and life sciences ecosystem”
The need to improve communication across Healthcare Channels
There was a strong focus on the need to improve communication across healthcare channels. As the healthcare landscape becomes increasingly complex, it is more important than ever to ensure that all stakeholders are on the same page. Whether it’s sharing patient information between providers or engaging with patients through digital channels, effective communication is key to delivering high-quality care.
Healthcare providers today are often pushed to do more with fewer resources, which can result in communication slipping through the cracks. To help solve this problem, companies in the healthcare industry are turning to CPaaS (Communication Platform as a Service) partners to support streamlined communication across multiple channels. Companies that empower streamlined, flexible communication boast a growing competitive advantage.
A whopping 85% of hospitals polled by Deloitte stated that they will be shifting investment from new construction projects to virtual health spending. These hospitals will seek robust solutions to manage and track patient care across channels, from appointment scheduling to telehealth visits.
Vendors across all subsets of healthcare are leveraging scalable technology to remove friction between digital and physical experiences. Examples of digital touchpoints that have become critical
for healthcare providers to offer as part of an omnichannel experience include:
- SMS Appointment Reminders
- Secure, Stable Telehealth Appointments
- Virtual Training and Learning Capabilities
- Online Bill Pay and Reminders
- SMS Prescription Notifications
- Personal Health Management Tools
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Hospital-at-home and care delivery outside of the hospital.
The concept of hospital-at-home and care delivery outside of the hospital was a hot topic at HIMSS 23. With the rise of telehealth and remote monitoring technologies, it is now possible to provide many types of care in a patient’s own home. This not only helps to reduce costs, but also offers a more comfortable and convenient experience for patients.
The hospital-at-home model is growing in popularity, as it has been shown to decrease readmissions and improve patient satisfaction. This model also allows for more efficient use of hospital resources, as patients can be discharged earlier and still receive the necessary care at home. In addition, hospital-at-home programs have been shown to reduce healthcare costs by up to 50% compared to traditional hospital stays.
Telehealth technologies are also playing a key role in care delivery outside of the hospital. With the use of remote monitoring devices and virtual visits, patients can receive ongoing care and support from healthcare professionals without having to leave their homes. This is especially important for patients with chronic conditions, who require ongoing care and monitoring to manage their health effectively.
I’ve attended a magnificent session – Healthcare Disruption: Accelerated Opportunities for care delivery alternatives.
Deborah answered “We fundamentally believe that we could make a difference enabling care in a home”
And Tim Barry CEO of VillageMD stated that “Keep seeing the patient as often as you possibly can”
I believe that we are now seeing tremendous disruption momentum in healthcare, there are also simultaneous trends moving in parallel such as Virtual Care & Care at home. The future of healthcare is starting to become clear to me, even though we still have many challenges to overcome.
HIMSS 23 Chicago conference was a great opportunity for healthcare professionals to come together and explore the latest trends and innovations in the industry. With AI, improved communication, and hospital-at-home care delivery on the horizon, the future of healthcare looks brighter than ever before.
The potential of AI in healthcare is immense, and it’s exciting to see the many ways in which it is already being used to improve patient outcomes and streamline workflows. The rise of hospital-at-home and care delivery outside of the hospital is also an important trend, as it offers patients greater choice and convenience while also reducing costs and improving efficiency.
As we look towards the future of healthcare, it’s clear that these trends will continue to play a major role in shaping the industry. By embracing new technologies and innovative models of care, healthcare organizations can deliver high-quality, patient-centered care that improves outcomes and enhances the overall patient experience. The HIMSS 23 conference provided a valuable opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn more about these trends and to explore the many ways in which they can be harnessed to transform healthcare for the better.
One thing is certain, let’s continue the conversations and catapult the tremendous momentum forward. Let’s work together to make healthcare uncomplicated.
The HIMSS 23 conference in Chicago was a huge success, and we were thrilled to be a part of it. As we look ahead to the future of healthcare, we invite you to join us at HIMSS 23 Europe, to be held in Lisbon from 7 – 9 June, 2023. The event promises to be an exciting opportunity to explore the latest trends and innovations in the industry and to connect with healthcare professionals from around the world. We hope to see you there as part of the Digital Salutem team!
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to my friend Tatyana Kanzaveli for creating this wonderful video of HIMSS 23, and to all my dear friends, new connections, and valued clients. It was a pleasure seeing each one of you! I look forward to reconnecting with everyone at HIMSS 23 Europe in Lisbon.
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