Wednesday, March 30, 2016

C-suite Health IT competencies, cybersecurity and cloud connectivity highlight HiMSS16

PARCA eNews – March 7, 2016 – The 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition wrapped up March 4, 2016 after five days in Las Vegas this year. The near record attendance brought in more than 42,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and over 1300 vendors in the exhibit halls.

The conference is one of the largest health IT conferences every year and attracts national stature keynote speakers, which included Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell, Inc. and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.

HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, summed up this years highlights in a short video. She was particularly impressed by the double-digit percentage growth among C-suite attendees.  

"We think we know why (C-suite attendance is up)," she says. "It is because businesses that executives are running are changing under their feet and the competencies they are equipped with in order to run their businesses needs to change in the face of this changing reality that is health and healthcare. They are understanding the power that information technology has in order to increase their financial viability and their mission success."

Smith noted that education sessions explored several areas of population health, cyber security and the value of Health IT. Other hot topics included:

  • The Next Generation of Healthcare Networking – In the next generation of healthcare networking, organizations need access to scalable bandwidth, or as some refers to it as, "greater compute cycles" for big data analytics to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Security – The healthcare security landscape is evolving and becoming more complex.
  • The necessity of the cloud – Cloud connectivity is playing an increasingly critical role in the transition to empowering and enabling the end patient.
Herman Oosterwijk, president of OTech and PARCA board member attends every year and offers his top ten highlights of the conference on his blog.

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