HIMSS14: Looking Back at a Successful Show in Orlando

06 March 2014 | Michael Robinson, Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

Last week, we were at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando Fla., where we demonstrated how Microsoft technology is helping the industry transform healthcare.

Within and Beyond the Microsoft Booth
Specifically, with our health partners and customers, we showcased how our solutions are helping address some of the industry’s toughest challenges and opportunities, notably in the areas of mobility and collaboration, EMR access and integration, health analytics, patient and consumer engagement, and governance and compliance. Throughout each of our engagements, it was evident that our technology is helping providers and clinicians offer patients better care at a lower cost point.
Within our booth at HIMSS, we highlighted how many of our solutions, including our Windows 8.1, Surface, and Office 365 devices, apps, and services, are providing clinicians the mobile tools and features they need so they can more quickly and easily communicate with care teams and access their full function EMRs from anywhere at any time. In addition, on our Perceptive Pixel screen and in our Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) sessions, we displayed how each of these solutions and apps are working together to improve clinician productivity and reduce the need for multiple devices and workstations. Further, our lunch and learn sessions, specifically our “Lessons in Clinical Mobility and Productivity” session which focused on how clinicians are finding new and surprising benefits to using Microsoft mobile devices in their environments, helped lend credibility to our momentum in this area.
Meanwhile, several of our partners, including Omnicell and Predixion, provided demonstrations of how they’re using Windows Embedded technology and Microsoft’s business intelligence and analytics capabilities to improve automated dispensing cabinets and enhance operational performance in hospital settings. 
Recognizing Partners and Customers Embracing Microsoft
To help highlight the specific ways health organizations are embracing the Microsoft platform, we announced how a range of partners and customers are betting on Microsoft Windows 8.1, Surface, and Windows Embedded technology. For instance, we shared that Resurgens Orthopaedics is using Allscripts’ Wand for TouchWorks EHR app, a solution powered by Windows 8.1 that incorporates all of the navigation, voice and camera capabilities of a Windows tablet to perform a variety of patient-related tasks. We also announced that health organizations and senior living communities like Seattle Children’s Hospital and Aegis Living are deploying Surface Pro tablets across their environments to enhance EMR integration and accessibility and improve medication administration to residents. In addition, we highlighted that Billings Clinic is the first hospital to partner with Omnicell to implement remote cabinet functionality, ensuring that pharmacists deliver the right medications to patients more safely.
We continued our momentum at HIMSS by announcing Community Healthcare Network’s (CHN) full-scale adoption of Office 365 for email, Lync Online, and OneDrive for Business. During Hurricane Sandy, CHN’s on premise solution and email system failed to keep mobile clinicians and support staff connected as the storm wreaked havoc on their servers. By installing a trial period of Office 365, CHN managed to restore email, helping maintain communication with health teams and enable seamless collaboration across its network. Microsoft’s peer-reviewed HIPAA BAA played a strong role in CHN’s decision to implement Office 365 as the solution addresses the organization’s need to be HIPAA compliant.
In addition to these pieces of news, we celebrated the achievements of many health organizations that have used our technology to advance breakthroughs within the industry. As part of this celebration, we announced the recipients of the Microsoft Health Users Group (HUG) 2014 Innovation Awards. This year, the winners include Genesis Rehab Services with Respond Well®, Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA), São João Hospital with DevScope, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center - Center for Technology Commercialization with Aspect Software, Meridian Health with iMPak Health, and Janssen Incubator, Janssen Research, & Development, LLC. These awards and the solutions that were honored this year are proof of the value of the Microsoft platform.
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