Reflections on HIMSS 13: HIMSSANITY Indeed!

Posted 15 March 2013 3:31 PM by Commvault

What happens when you drop nearly 35,000 healthcare professionals into the Big Easy for one of the largest healthcare IT conferences around? Why it's HIMSSanity, of course!

Last week at HIMSS13, my head was just spinning with all the activity. Commvault highlighted its solutions, used successfully by more than 600 healthcare organizations, to alleviate today's biggest obstacles inherent in addressing and managing the current explosion in clinical and operational data growth.

It was a good opportunity for us to bring Simpana 10 to the healthcare community and showcase some exciting new features that can solve some significant problems for healthcare IT pros. For example, our new Healthcare Search feature allows medical professionals to rapidly search and retrieve Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) images stored in the ContentStore without requiring third-party applications.

We've talked a lot about the ContentStore here before, but the technology becomes even more compelling in the context of healthcare data. The ContentStore can intelligently index and organize healthcare data to be mined for game-changing analytics to enable the safe, secure and intelligent utilization of clinical data. The ContentStore centralizes data and information management across diverse and separate clinical groups, from the data center, to the edge, and to the cloud with Simpana software. According to one Commvault customer, Rick Haverty from University of Rochester Medical Center, the goal is simple..."One patient. One record. One system." The ContentStore is the gateway that provides the level of data sharing and interconnections between storage systems that Haverty describes.

A big take-away for me came from the CIO Roundtable that we hosted with Theo Ahadome, Senior Analyst from InMedica. This fabulous, face-to-face meeting of great minds followed on the heels of announcing our Healthcare Survey results. According to survey respondents, regulatory compliance continues to be the most important driver in IT spending, followed by the need to improve operational efficiency and provide better support for new applications and systems across clinical, operational, virtual and increasingly mobile environments.

During the Roundtable discussion, CIOs talked about the "must have" features that are critical to addressing these challenges, including:

  • DICOM & HL7 Communications support
  • Support for multiple PACS
  • Non-DICOM support
  • Clinical Lifecycle Management
  • Security, Long-Term Archive & DR
  • XDS registry
  • Web-based access