HIMSS 16 Conference and Exhibition, the annual mega-event for the health information and health IT fields is coming up very soon. HIMSS16 runs from February 29th through March 4th in Las Vegas. In years past, I have enjoyed following the event from afar, mostly through Twitter. This year I am honored to announce that I have been selected as a Social Media Ambassador. Now, instead of merely following events through everyone else’s tweets and posts, I get to be in the thick of the action.
The HIMSS16 agenda is pretty exciting, including a keynote featuring Sylvia Burwell, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as many sessions focusing on privacy and security issues, the changing nature of healthcare delivery, value-based payments, wearables and others. These are all important issues and ones where dialogue is needed. The future of healthcare is very much unsettled. One of the only sure bets is that innovation and change will continue.
The opportunity to talk to and see some of those new ideas is one of the biggest aspects of HIMSS16 that I am looking forward to. Being around man thousands of people committed to the success of healthcare should be very energizing.
The opportunity should also arise to help explain how healthcare laws and regulations influence and very often support the goals of innovators. Oftentimes, I hear that HIPAA or some other regulation prevents a certain healthIT solution from being implemented or limits how information can be shared. These outcomes are not necessarily the case, though. HIPAA and other laws provide guideposts and certain minimum standards that need to be satisfied. As such, they are not roadblocks. Instead, they are a means of assuring that a baseline is in place.
Over the coming weeks, I will dive into some of the issues that sessions at HIMSS16 will discuss and provide advance thinking on those issues. All present both operational and legal challenges. I intend to provide a legal perspective on the issues, but legal concerns do not operate in isolation. Very often, legal and business considerations are intertwined. One cannot be considered without the other.
I look forward to exploring some of the issues to be presented at HIMSS16 with everyone and hope to meet many people while at the conference. If you have questions or suggestions on topics, do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com.