HIMSS13: Another Year in Review

20 March 2013 | Michael Robinson, Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

​This year at HIMSS, our focus was on showcasing how together with our partner ecosystem, we’re making a real impact in health. Our relationship with the more than 20,000 partners in health was evident throughout our booth, events and the Microsoft Health Users Group (HUG) Innovation Awards presentation. Windows 8 was also central to our presence at HIMSS this year, as this solution is enabling healthcare organizations to overcome healthcare’s toughest challenges to improve health outcomes and the experience of care for more people in less time, securely and at a lower cost.

Seen and Heard at the Microsoft Booth
The Microsoft booth featured demonstrations and discussions around Windows 8, Office 365, SQL, Azure/Storsimple, HealthVault and Microsoft Consulting Services, showcasing how Microsoft is creating opportunities for improved flexible workstyles, enhanced productivity and collaboration, and more informed decision-making in health. For instance, Microsoft applications like SQL can enable healthcare workers to more easily access relevant, actionable information, collaborate with peers and colleagues, and make informed decisions.
Further, we displayed on a Perceptive Pixel screen how several of our partners built apps on Windows 8, including Greenway Medical’s EMR PRIMEMobile app and the Johnson & Johnson Digital Health Scorecard app, which aims to address the growing prevalence of chronic diseases.
  • Windows 8: In the Microsoft booth we showcased our Windows 8 device bar, where heard from many of our customers and partners that it’s the new, no-compromise, enterprise-grade solution they’ve been waiting for. Windows 8 has features that enable improved productivity, team collaboration and security for health organizations. Windows 8 has all the makings to break through the HIT productivity paradox and transform the practice of medicine into a patient-centered team sport. Windows 8 makes it possible for highly mobile teams of nurses, pharmacists, physicians, specialists and insurers to work together for in new ways, across locations and devices to improve quality, speed and outcomes of care at a lower cost.
  • Microsoft Experience Center (MEC): The health-focused MEC sessions held at the Microsoft booth were a big highlight, providing the first-ever industry module that highlighted how Microsoft is creating the ecosystem for improved productivity and collaboration in health. The MEC session included common work-related challenges at a hospital, such as staying productive while mobile, using social networks to get work done and connecting in real-time with colleagues. Developed for health customers to better address their business needs, our MEC sessions were filled to capacity by customers, partners, analysts and media.
  • Microsoft partners: We had several partners participate in our booth activities, including Omnicell, which had an Anesthesia Workstation powered by Windows Embedded 7 in the booth. We featured partners Acer, Tangent, Tabletkiosk Device and Fujitsu devices that run on Windows 8 and offer special features tailored for the healthcare industry.
In addition to demonstrating how we’re empowering mobile teams in healthcare to be productive anywhere securely, Microsoft announced some exiting news around how our customers and partners are leveraging our solutions to take a more patient-centric approach to care.
Microsoft News at HIMSS
Microsoft kicked off HIMSS by announcing new customers and partners embracing Windows 8 to advance patient care, including providers such as Pediatric Associates, who are using Windows 8 to meet their productivity, collaboration and security needs. With more than 850 health apps currently in the Windows Store, Windows 8 offers a platform for the next generation of apps poised to change the way the healthcare organizations connect with each other and patients, enabling a more integrated and patient-centric health system. Partners like Greenway Medical, UpToDate, CDC and Mayo Clinic have developed Windows 8 apps to bring value to healthcare providers. MobihealthNews wrote about this news, as well as how Microsoft focuses on technology as an enabler for healthcare organizations to make an impact on care.
We also announced key healthcare organizations, large and small, that chose Office 365 as their cloud-based communication and collaboration solution on the opening day of HIMSS. FHI 360, Gwinnett Hospital System Inc., Kindred Healthcare Inc. and Mihills Webb, are leveraging Microsoft Office 365 to help address their end goal of providing the highest quality, safety and best outcomes of patient care. Security surrounding the cloud was a major discussion point at HIMSS13, and Office 365 is the only major cloud business productivity solution that addresses rigorous HIPAA regulations and programmatically offers a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to customers. Office 365 Advocate Health Care told InformationWeek that Office 365 has allowed the organization to more effectively allocate budget and streamline processes. We also held a Lunch and Learn session entitled “Office 365: Using a Secure, Compliant Cloud to Transform Email, Communication & Collaboration”, where we covered how Microsoft Office 365 can help healthcare organizations take advantage of the cloud and improve patient-centered collaboration in a secure manner.
Recognizing Our Partners and Customers
Microsoft Health Users Group (HUG) Innovation Awards recognizes health organizations that utilize IT in an innovative way in order to improve care coordination and patient outcomes. This year, the winners include PatientPoint® and Miami Children’s Hospital®, Predixion Software and Kaiser Permanente, British Telecom Global Services, TeleSkin and ORS Hospital and Welfare Denmark ApS and Esbjerg Kommune. Each winner was recognized at the Microsoft HUG Innovation Awards, where Dennis Schmuland, chief health strategy officer, U.S. Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft, spoke about how the healthcare industry must move toward a more patient-centric care model. You can learn more about the winners and their solutions here, and if you would like to join Microsoft HUG, please visit our website or email ms-hug@microsoft.com for more information.
At HIMSS we also collaborated with partners on Lunch and Learn sessions, including a session with Epic entitled “Unleashing Microsoft’s Business Intelligence and Database Capabilities within the Epic Platform”, where we talked about how Microsoft’s System Integrators and Epic’s partnership has allowed healthcare providers to leverage Epic investments and Microsoft BI technologies to assist in their analytics, reporting, and data reuse efforts.
Giving Back
Last but certainly not least, over 200 people attended the 4th Annual AFCEA Children’s Inn event cosponsored by HIMSS and Microsoft. With $15,000 raised to support the charity, this event provided a great way to give back to the health community. The reception was held aboard the authentic steamboat Natchez, the ninth steamer to bear that name (her predecessor, Natchez VI raced the Robert E. Lee in the most famous steamboat race of all time).
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