HIMSS 2016 Thoughts From Healthcare IT's Biggest Week

Posted 03/11/2016 by Michael Leonard

This blog has been co-authored by Michael Leonard, Director of Product Management, Healthcare, at Commvault and Dr. Fred Behlen, CEO and chairman at Laitek.

It’s hard to believe that our teams were still in Las Vegas this time last week for the healthcare industry’s biggest conference, HIMSS. There were thousands of healthcare IT professionals, clinicians and executives all coming together under one roof; we had high hopes for a successful week of discussing how Commvault and Laitek are bringing innovation to healthcare providers to improve clinical data management processes and drive better clinical outcomes.

This conversation was fueled by the exciting launch of our joint solution, Commvault Clinical Archive. Developed to solve data management problems facing providers today, Commvault Clinical Archive modernizes the way healthcare organizations manage, migrate and share clinical data. Key features of the new solution include the ability to break down data silos, reduce storage costs and complexity, enable better data sharing and eliminate the costs of maintaining and supporting legacy applications. We’re thrilled that Commvault’s investment in Laitek last year was able to bring such a necessary solution to the healthcare industry. Further, we’re excited that key healthcare and IT influencers were able to share our news in Health IT Outcomes, Healthcare IT News and VMblog.

Besides the launch of Commvault Clinical Archive, both Commvault and Laitek had a fantastic week at the booth, interacting with customer prospects, influencers and listening to sessions. Here are some thoughts from Michael and Dr. Behlen:

Thoughts from Commvault’s Michael Leonard:

  • At the show, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell made a significant announcement about interoperability and how most major EHR vendors and many large providers have committed to supporting the effort. This news is a major step forward for all physicians and patients in the U.S. and it will hopefully lead to better informed physicians and patients as well as a better delivery of healthcare services.
  • Further, the wave of consolidation for healthcare organizations will continue for many years, and provides an interesting opportunity for the technology industry. The impending M&A activity will require IT teams to manage significant changes in infrastructure, including comprehensive data management strategies and technology investments to help the organizations successfully navigate through the transition.
  • One of the final takeaways from the show came in the realization that the companies that can help healthcare organizations reduce complexity, control costs and improve access to clinical information for diagnostic and analytical purposes will significantly transform the industry.

Thoughts from Laitek’s Dr. Fred Behlen:

  • The current wave of mergers and acquisitions continues apace, presenting growing provider organizations with challenges to secure and consolidate patient data from acquired facilities and practices. Enterprise systems are being expanded to scales previously unseen. Consolidating patient data from different systems and institutions into these huge systems demands data cleanup and reconciliation, but once done, the opportunities are vast for mining this data to inform process improvement and population health programs.
  • Accordingly, Dr. DJ Patil from the White House Science and Technology Policy briefed CEOs of HIMSS corporate members, affirming support for the Precision Medicine Initiative, stressing the importance of Data Science, and the need to train data scientists, in healthcare applications.
  • Health Information Exchange seems to be showing signs of sustainability in a few instances, a welcome change from past efforts that did not survive the end of their public funding. However, HIEs now face competition from the enterprise systems of big regional provider organizations, which reduce the need for cross-enterprise exchange. It will be interesting to see how this sorts out.

We’re excited to continue our momentum in the healthcare market, which will be a significant focus for Commvault in FY2017.

Were you at HIMSS? What were some of your favorite moments?