When I talk with doctors, ministers of health, nurses, patients, and customers across the globe, the number one thing that always occurs to me is all the great experience out there. Health organizations and communities worldwide all face similar issues, so it’s incredibly valuable for them to share with each other what’s working and not working—whether formal best practices or everyday tips and tricks.
At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS) starting February 23rd, the global health and technology community gets to do just that. It’s a powerful opportunity for the industry to come together and share real-world experiences of how technology is helping health organizations tackle their toughest challenges.
This is especially valuable given the rapidly evolving nature of health IT today. For one thing, we are moving into a post-EMR world. I don’t mean everyone is done digitizing medical records, of course. Much of that work is still underway. But more and more health organizations are thinking beyond just their EMR to how do they step into the next phase of health IT.
For example, many health organizations are taking advantage of today’s enterprise-class devices. At HIMSS, you can hear how Palmetto Health and New York Presbyterian are improving clinician productivity and patient care using Windows tablets. And you’ll be able to see the latest and greatest Windows devices from Microsoft, Nokia, Lenovo, HP, and Dell. You can even get a great deal on one at the show—look for signs about a fantastic offer for Surface. Further, you’ll be able to check out the many Windows apps from established names in the health industry such as Cerner, Epic, and Allscripts.
Health analytics is another top priority for health organizations as they look for ways to unlock the value of the vast amount of digital data in the healthcare system. And today’s analytics solutions aren’t just for data specialists, anymore. You’ll see powerful, yet easy-to-use analytics capabilities from our partners such as Avanade, Predixion, and Epic. In fact, Epic’s embedded healthcare analytics platform, Cogito, will be demonstrated at our lunch-and-learn session on Wednesday of the show. And our customer Meriter Health Services will be at HIMSS discussing how it’s using Power BI for Office 365 to help anticipate and plan for the needs of citizens with chronic diseases in its service area.
Improving collaboration and care team management is yet another area of vital importance to health organizations. Toward that end, care management solutions from Caradigm, our joint venture with GE, will be showcased at HIMSS. Its inventive solutions help health organizations use analytics throughout the entire care continuum to improve the health of populations.
I hope you’ll visit us at booth #4749, where you can see what our customers and partners are doing with health-grade devices, Windows apps, health analytics, care collaboration and patient engagement solutions, cloud services, and more. And we want to hear your stories. What do you need from technology to help you deliver better care to more people at lower costs? Let’s take advantage of the opportunity for all of us to be in one place to continue the conversation about how technology can make a real impact in health.
For more information and to register for events, check out our Microsoft @ HIMSS page.
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