Meanwhile at #HIMMS19…

Today marks the end of another HIMSS conference. 45,000+ attendees descended on Orlando for 4 days of learning sessions, demos in the exhibit hall and after-hours events. By all accounts it was a successful event – in person and online.

According to Symplur, over 78,000 tweets were sent during HIMSS19, by 16,800 different users. These are incredible engagement statistics.

The actual numbers, however, are actually a bit higher because there were a significant number of tweets that were sent with the wrong hashtag – #HIMMS19 instead of #HIMSS19. I scrolled through the hundreds of tweets tagged with #HIMSS19 and pulled out a few that I thought were notable.

Although no one can predict the economic future of HIEs, I do agree that they are one of the only neutral entities in the healthcare ecosystem. As such, they have the potential to be an effective clearinghouse or repository of health information – but only if the challenge of data compatibility/interoperability is solved.

It’s nice to know that Microsoft isn’t trying to be more than what healthcare needs of them right now – a stable, reliable technology provider that can be the backbone of modern clinical systems. By sticking to what they are good at, they aren’t clouding the issue (pun intended).


There are two ways I interpret Grace Cordovano’s statement. First, patients are tired of being treated poorly, burdened with unintelligible bills that they cannot afford and being prescribed treatment plans that don’t match their socioeconomic as well as geographic circumstances. Second, the advances in mobile technology and sensors has made it possible for patients to self-diagnose minor issues without the need for a medical professional. As these tools and technologies improve, patients willing to accept “good enough” digital health may elect to bypass the traditional healthcare system altogether.


I agree with this Shawn Martin quote. Caregivers are not seen as potential partners or assets in the health of patients, yet they often are much more well-informed about the patient’s medical history AND they are the support system that can help patients stick with their treatment protocol.


This is a very astute observation. If you use technical jargon to explain the need for cybersecurity, you could be in for a tough sell. If, however, you talk about cybersecurity in a way that makes it clear how a lack of cybersecurity could negatively impact clinical operations and/or patient outcomes, you will likely gain executive buy-in.


It’s 2019. IT for IT sake is no longer a viable business strategy. IT organizations need to show how their investments and their work contributes to clinical effectiveness, patient outcomes and/or financial performance. I totally agree that aligning cybersecurity with organizational goals is key to getting the necessary resources.


Jane Sarasohn-Kahn once again hits the nail on the head. We should fight city hall for ensure equity for all, but we should also be pragmatic and reduce disparities in small incremental ways whenever and however we can.


I think this is a realistic prediction on AI in healthcare. The irrational AI exuberance at last year’s HIMSS has thankfully given way to pragmatic strategies on how this technology can be deployed.


Nothing to add to this tweet. It sums everything up nicely.


This tweet stopped me in my tracks. I never really considered the age of the medical devices being used in healthcare organizations, but Hewitt is right to call out this technology disparity. We won’t tolerate a 4 year old laptop but we will accept a 10 year old patient monitor. It doesn’t make sense to me either.

This article was inspired by this lovely sign that spotted while in line for coffee at HIMSS19.

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Colin Hung

Colin Hung

Colin Hung is the co-founder of the #hcldr (healthcare leadership) tweetchat one of the most popular and active healthcare social media communities on Twitter. Colin speaks, tweets and blogs regularly about healthcare, technology, marketing and leadership. He is currently an independent marketing consultant working with leading healthIT companies. Colin is a member of #TheWalkingGallery. His Twitter handle is: @Colin_Hung.

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