• HIMSS 2015: Inside the Minds of Healthcare IT Leadership

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    At the HIMSS Conference in Chicago earlier this week, I had the opportunity to engage with some of the most creative and innovative minds in healthcare IT. Our recent survey of 121 industry leaders, conducted in partnership with HIMSS Media, highlight the shift in priorities. While healthcare leaders are facing an increasing number of demands – since their traditional role is shifting from simply meeting compliance requirements to extending the reach of care to where the patient is –the year ahead also holds tremendous promise for providers to transform and connect patients like never before.

  • What innovation means to me


    Perhaps the simplest way of trying to describe what innovation means to me is to change the pronoun – not what it means to me, but to us. Today innovation is not solely the preserve of the inspired individual, propelled by his or her genius and energy. I believe that if innovation is to have real impact then it needs to be inclusive, making space for both the bright spark of genius and the collective creativity of a wider team.

  • Healthcare IT through the lens of emerging markets


    In the western world, healthcare systems are struggling with a number of challenges, from aging population and the rise in chronic diseases, to an increasing clinician shortage. While emerging markets are also under similar pressures, these areas of the world are battling a number of other challenges on top, like infectious diseases, infant mortality and access to food, water and basic medicine. As some of the leading minds in healthcare IT convene this week at the HIMSS Conference in Chicago, I’d like to look at how technology, data and informatics is changing the game for emerging markets:

  • Moving Forward with Interoperability: How Patients Will Drive Change


    HIMSS15 is just around the corner, and like every year, interoperability will be an important focus area for most healthcare organizations. Much of the recent interoperability conversation has been from the clinician’s perspective – how ubiquitous access to data across devices and systems has the potential to help provide continuous monitoring, earlier and more accurate intervention, and overall better patient outcomes. But as patients become more engaged in their own care and demand access to their information, the industry will feel the pressure to move faster on interoperability.

  • Connected lighting for smart and livable cities


    A century ago, less than 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. By the start of the 21st century, this figure had risen to over 50%, and by 2050 over two thirds of us will be living in cities.

    At the same time, we are witnessing unprecedented urbanization and the rapid expansion of the middle class in emerging economies. This has heightened concerns about the secure, reliable supply of affordable energy, environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and loss of biodiversity, and shortages of materials, food and water. As a result, resource efficiency is fast moving up the agendas of both the private and public sectors. Corporations and governments alike are having to develop strategies for a world in which natural resources and energy are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive.