HIMSS 2013: Ushing in the Future of Digital Health

By @Spitz

Over the past few years the buzz surrounding the annual HIMSS Conference has been escalating, now reaching a fever-pitched crescendo proportionate to the excitement at the  intersection of health IT, technology, and quality of patient care. As new Meaningful Use requirements, ICD-10/HIPAA 5010 compliance mandates, and the Affordable Care Act transform the essence of healthcare, the time is ripe for thousands of digital health entrepreneurs, experts, and e-marketers to gather this week in New Orleans and network, present, and brainstorm solutions amid this perfect storm of regulatory, tech, and behavioral transformation.

Download the encyclopedic conference brochure to get a taste for the depth and breadth of this amazing gathering, featuring keynote addresses from President Bill Clinton, Karl Rove, Dr. Eric J. Topol, and other major industry decision makers and influencers. Specialty programs, career services, networking opportunities, and exhibitions provide an ideal forum for healthcare digiterati to connect and contribute to the chorus of digital health advancement and application. Celebrating the right time and place for a health IT revolution, the event brings together the brightest and best for the ultimate benefit of patients worldwide.

The conference is organized and sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a cause-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1961 and exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of IT and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. The society now includes more than 50,000 individual members, over 570 corporate members, and more than 225 not-for-profit organizations, all dedicated to advancing the cause of digital health.

Featured Keynote

Personalized care where genetics, genomics, wireless technology, social media, and mobile health converge represents the future of medicine for most, but is a typical day at the point of care for Eric J. Topol, M.D. Named “Doctor of the Decade” by the Institute for Scientific Innovation, his new book The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health illustrates how social networking, smartphones, and gene sequencers has already empowered patients and revolutionized medicine.

If you’re not attending his keynote this morning, check him out on this recent NBC Rock Center episode, where he demonstrates his approach to digital health, and describes how he literally prescribes more apps than drugs:

In the next post we’ll discuss what this means for mobile health, and showcase a trailblazing mobile health app prescribing and certification program. Meanwhile, report back from the conference if you’re attending, or follow and join the conversation on Twitter #himss2013 and #himss13. Welcome to the Digital Health Revolution!

Michael Spitz , known most often as just "Spitz," is Editor-in-Chief of the Pixels & Pills and a prollific tweeter, blogger, and article writer, active in digital health across all specialties. Follow him @SpitzStrategy.



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