Just came back from DIA with my colleague Sarah Pozek. It was a great show. It’s been a few years since I’ve DIA and it was great to have the opportunity to see some old friends and meet new ones.
I have been attending HIMSS over the years and have seen the incredible advances that we have made towards improving the quality of care being delivered, reducing the cost of that care and better engaging the patient in the experience with the healthcare system. When I first started attending HIMSS and DIA the big focus was on capturing the data, either through the EMR or the EDC. Now across both segments, I saw a similar evolution of migrating from data capture to data analysis to information enabled decision making. This year at HIMSS there were a few significant themes, all in my opinion tied to Value-Based Care: Analytics, Population Health, Patient Engagement, Interoperability and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
At DIA a similar set of themes were present, which was exciting seeing the segments of the industry transforming along the same lines. Sarah Pozek will be documenting her experience at the show highlighting some of the innovative companies that are helping to transform the industry. Almost everyone we met with talked about how to tighten the relationship with the care delivery side, how we can capture the common data once and leverage it for multiple purposes. Much like on the care delivery side we experienced companies that are simplifying the complexity in the system. Whether it was better educating patient and doctors on the trials that can benefit the patient to analyzing the data across trials to better decision making. When I first started in the industry we called this knowledge management, now its part of a trend towards artificial intelligence.
Many of the companies that formed the foundation of the industry are still successfully transforming it. I saw a few that years ago were startups and are now leaders in the industry and a vast array of newcomers, all focused on increasing value in the industry. It was fascinating to see the similarities that were apparent at HIMSS and I am confident based on what I have observed that transformation of this complex industry will be achieved.
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