HIMSS: Empowering us all in healthcare

11 February 2014 | Michael Robinson, Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

It’s that time of year again—when our industry comes together to share and learn about technology and innovation that can help with the challenges and opportunities health organizations face. I, along with my Microsoft Health colleagues from around the world, will be converging on Orlando, Florida, the last week of February for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS).

We’re looking forward to showcasing solutions from our ever-expanding partner ecosystem that customers are using to make a real impact in health around the world. Whether you’re interested in mobility and collaboration, EMR integration, analytics, patient and consumer engagement, or cloud services, compliance, and security, we’ll be demonstrating how solutions from Microsoft and partners can help achieve your goals.

To start with, on Sunday, we’ll be holding our annual Microsoft Health Users Group (MSHUG) Innovation Forum and Awards Presentations, where you can see the latest innovations in health delivered jointly by Microsoft, partners, provider organizations, and industry leaders.  We’re always excited about this annual event as it’s an opportunity to highlight the achievements of health organizations that have used our technology to advance patient care, reduce costs, and streamline clinical and business processes.

If you’re hungry for knowledge—and food—come to one of our “Lunch and Learn” sessions: 

  • Monday: Medical Image Archiving—Reducing Complexity and Addressing Growth and Compliance. At this session, we’ll discuss ways to reduce time, cost, and complexity in managing and maintaining medical-imaging content, and ways to respond quickly to changing requirements and business needs. We’ll also cover compliance and governance, and address disaster recovery.
  • Tuesday:  Lessons in Clinical Mobility and Productivity.  We’ll have a panel of CIOs, medical directors, and the like sharing tips and tricks on using mobile devices to help clinicians be more efficient and provide better care. They’ll discuss the benefits they’ve experienced using Windows 8 devices and how clinicians are moving away from multiple devices to a single device to manage their workload, collaborate with care teams, and engage their patients.
  • Wednesday: Best Practices in BI and Analytics in Healthcare. We’ll be demonstrating how health organizations are taking advantage of today’s powerful, yet easy-to-use analytics tools to transform data into insight and identify opportunities for cost savings and improved care quality. You can learn about Epic’s embedded healthcare analytics platform—Cogito—and see how it can help facilitate “physician pay for performance.”

And please stop by our booth #4749 anytime. Come to a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) session, a hands-on introduction to the Microsoft productivity platform at the booth. And if you’re an IT manager or administrator, plan to check out the Transform Data Center Immersion Center, located in VHQ50, which will offer an in-person, facilitated engagement on how cloud computing can benefit your health organization today.

These are just a few highlights—for more information and to register for these events, please visit our Microsoft @ HIMSS page.  We look forward to seeing you and helping you find solutions that can enable your health organization to deliver better care to more people at lower costs.  See you in Orlando!

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Michael Robinson
Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

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Michael Robinson | Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

Michael Robinson is the Vice President of Microsoft’s Health and Life Sciences in the U.S., driving their business initiatives into the commercial and public sectors. Read more