First off, at the heart of this idea is that information is really nothing unless filtered through a brain that is tuned to a creative frequency. And the simple reality is that information, in its raw context, may be closer to a pollutant than a valued resource. And it begs the question as to whether data is more akin to the idea of water or air pollution. I think we’re seeing this now as data become ubiquitous to the point of being more of a problem than a solution.
And here’s the point. Data trumps the device yet we still love the device and hold a certain disdain for the data. And as the richness of technology makes sensors smaller and more passive, data and its partner analytics will grow and move from an abstract mass of zeros and ones to a rich fabric that establishes a new “data homeostasis” that will define the human condition. Just as our genetic code exactly and perfectly (most of the time) precisely defines us, data will be transformed into knowledge and into an actionable reality that becomes as vital as the air we breathe.
Data, and in this case, big data will become the third fundamental window into humanity after the microscope and the telescope. It’s that important.
The epicenter of this convergence is HIMSS. For me, I’m looking for the magic of data empowerment that comes from sophisticated algorithmic analysis. I’m looking for the 1 +1 = 1,000,000 and the emergence of real exponential innovations.
The main conversations, however, will be practical. Interoperability, uniform standards, the “big gun” companies and actionable solutions will dominate the conversation. And as important as that is, I’m looking a litte higher than the clouds to find more of a “moon shot” or even a “mars shot”!
I expect to see an eclectic combination of thinkers and doers – all with a vision of changing the world. Yet many may follow the path of the apologist, focusing on the dilemma and not the delight. Yet I also expect to see one simple thing – the future. We are moving into the world of information that is the fruit of profound data acquisition and analytics. HIMSS is less a meeting and more a launching pad for change that will enlighten, disrupt and transform. HIMSS is the focal point of innovation that will empower the digital health revolution.