What Happens in Vegas Isn’t Staying in Vegas: Observations from HIMSS

Greg Benton
By: Greg Benton
Date: March 09, 2016

We’re back and it was a great few days at HIMSS 2016. The excitement at the show for opportunities to transform health and healthcare through the best use of IT was palatable. Three things stood out: Big data is on everyone’s mind; interoperability is a hot topic and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning knows how to roll like a champion, closing a successful week of education and exhibition with messages of leadership, football, philanthropy, healthcare and more.

HIMSS 2016 reported to have more than 44,000 IT leaders, healthcare professionals and exhibitors in attendance in Las Vegas. This was my fifth HIMSS, and compared to previous years, the exhibit floor interactions, presentation content, shoulder-to-shoulder traffic and huge energy and presence for Infor, Lexmark, Cerner and Epic over acres of exhibit hall space was unprecedented – all signs pointing to a truly transformative year ahead for healthcare.

Big data, specifically data analytics, was a pervasive topic. There was a noticeable shift in maturity in organizations using data to inform actions to improve clinical care, patient experience, costs and population health. Hearing anecdotes of data in action was inspirational to health IT professionals just beginning their analytics journey. Whether at the strategy exploration stage or if analytic capabilities are more mature, leveraging data to drive business value was on everyone’s mind.


The show was on FHIR! The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard was a big topic of conversation, with lots of excitement around how it opens the door to an infinite number of useful applications that will completely change our use of healthcare information technology. Infor ERP solutions have long been tightly integrated process facilitators in healthcare, but discussion was positively ignited by the Infor development team’s future-vision and leadership position in top-tier interoperability; Cloverleaf and the Clinical Bridge. Interoperability and a unified system for EHR has been a long sought after goal, and FHIR brings the future closer.

Fumble! I missed Peyton Manning’s keynote speech on Friday, unfortunately. I heard he packed the house, played to the audience and assured the crowd that efforts to revolutionize healthcare via health IT is game-changing, from players wearing tracking devices to analytics that improve injury detection. It’s interesting that he announced his retirement publicly just two days later. What a way to close an awesome season and the highest attended conference for health and technology professionals.

Greg Benton is vice president of strategic markets for healthcare at Avaap. Contact us to learn more about Infor healthcare solutions and Avaap technology services.

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