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Countdown to #HIMSS18 Conference

While there’s been much news coverage in the media recently of companies sending vehicles into space, there’s an electricity in the air as the HIMSS18 conference fuels up for launch this week. You can bet on the Las Vegas show delivering an out of this world conference and exhibition on the latest health information and technology!

The healthcare industry has evolved over time, being at the forefront of many new trends and technologies including Cloud, Big Data, Healthcare Reform and Security. Riding on that momentum we are also seeing exciting new trends becoming more mainstream in healthcare today including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Virtual Assistant technology.

AI in healthcare systems such as IBM Watson is providing an increasing amount of cognitive care for both individuals and communities. Many hospitals are using machine learning systems to diagnose/predict conditions in cardiac care, stroke, sepsis, and to help analyze information from monitor sensors/devices. There are now even organizations which foster an open source community approach to increase adoption of machine learning to healthcare.

Perficient and BayCare Health System will be teaming up to deliver an educational session at HIMSS on how BayCare is innovating with IBM Watson to improve transitions of care for high-risk patients.

  • Improving Transitions of Care for High-Risk Patients
    Featuring BayCare Health System and IBM Watson
    Thursday, March 8 | 10:30 AM PT | IBM Booth #6243

In addition to the rise of cognitive innovation, we also have a dramatic increase in the use of Virtual Assistant technologies for healthcare by a steadily increasing number of homes and businesses. Voice-based systems such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, or even assistive technology mobile apps provide much needed support for the elderly, disabled, and wounded veterans, who may need limited mobility or hands-free access to capabilities such as healthcare information, medical appointment scheduling, medicine reminders, or integration with smart home devices. Companies that provide Virtual Assistant services thru multi-media channels can also capably handle patient appointment scheduling, provide billing and enrollment services, support clinician workflows, and handle prescription renewals.

Lastly, the growth in number and types of IoT devices being introduced is exploding. In healthcare, IoT capabilities include sensor monitoring, medical device integration, medical asset management, all with obvious benefits to patients with special needs and chronic conditions, as well as enhancing screening and preventative capabilities. Yet there are significant challenges to managing the security, privacy and especially the utilization and management of the amount of data being produced by these devices.

Please join us at HIMSS18 this week in Las Vegas where Perficient’s healthcare leadership team will be sharing our real-world experience in these areas at booth #2671. We will also be leading a lightning session on how we completed the first-ever implementation of IBM’s Unified Data Model for Healthcare (UDMH) on the Cloud for a large integrated delivery organization.

All systems are go for the HIMSS18 launch, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Robert Barkan

Robert Barkan is a Solutions Architect within Perficient's national healthcare practice. Robert has many years of technical and team leadership experience at industry leading firms in healthcare, insurance, data protection and communications. He specializes in software architectures, cloud computing, security and virtualization, and has a passion for helping organizations find the right solution to complex technical challenges.

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