Veta Health | February 2018
Originally posted by Forbes on February 22, 2018
By: John Nosta

HIMSS 2018 is happening next week in Las Vegas from March 5-9. The conference brings together over 45,000 professionals from around the world to discuss education, innovation and collaboration in the fields of health information and technology.
An article written by John Nosta for Forbes, talks about the impact HIMSS 2018  has on healthcare technology. He mentions that HIMSS 2018 embodies the climate of change and is providing the opportunity for networking with global experts in the field. Check out the article here to learn more about key events and keynotes.
Veta Health is excited to be a driving force in the transformation process of healthcare IT and to participate in HIMSS 2018 events as well as showcase our work at the Connected Health Pavilion Booth #8700-36.

There’s no shortage of meetings in the health tech space. From big and bold to small and eccentric, the combination of clinical need and thirst for knowledge is driving the birth and evolution of health tech conferences. And this transformation reflects the dynamics of healthcare itself as disruption and innovation seek to remedy a system that is facing a potential crisis.
The pace of this transformation is accelerating, as tech giants and other outsiders continue placing their bets on healthcare and smaller, innovation-driven companies are seeking to claim larger roles in changing, disrupting, and owning many aspects of the industry.
HIMSS18 embodies this climate of change and is offering opportunities to learn from global experts and “roll up your sleeves” and become entrenched in technology itself.  The mission for HIMSS is to showcase innovation and to help attendees bring solutions back home to their institutions and clinical practices.

“At HIMSS, our focus is better health through information and technology. At this year’s global conference, we’ll be doing more to showcase innovations and emerging solutions critical to the transformation of health. Attendees will benefit from the same unique breadth of expertise and resources that they’ve come to expect from HIMSS, while also enjoying reimagined offerings that will help them deliver capabilities to the people they care for and support their organizations long after they’ve left Las Vegas.”

Hal Wolf, HIMSS President & CEO

As I reviewed the vast content to be presented at HIMSS18, there are a few topics and programs that grabbed my attention—and perhaps yours too.  Here are some of my “don’t miss” programs from the formal keynotes to participatory workshops.
The key keynotes

How CMS is Leveraging Information and Technology in Medicare and Medicaid.  By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Leveraging Information and Technology to Minimize Health’s Economic Challenges. By Hal Wolf, HIMSS President and CEO

Technology for a Healthier Future: Modernization, Machine Learning, and Moonshots. By Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc. (parent company of Google)

Perspectives on Leadership and Healthcare Advocacy By Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr.

The ‘real world’ programs

Innovation Live

A first-hand look at tomorrow’s innovation at various start-ups, accelerators and innovators. This “experiential” area will focus on hot topics and technologies, including: artificial intelligence, augmented reality, biometrics, blockchain, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and more.

Venetian Convention Center: Level 1 |Hall G | Booth 9900

Solutions Lab

The Solutions Lab offers attendees an interactive experience showcasing practical solutions that use information technology to improve population health (data and analytics, consumer engagement, precision medicine) and healthcare administration (quality reporting, regulatory compliance, risk management).

Venetian Convention Center: Level 1 | Casanova 501 & 601 | Booth 14000-14099


This day-long event will bring together these two powerful, driving forces: investors and emerging companies. Rapid-fire pitches will provide a close-up and personal experience that promises to create some engaging events.

March 7th from 8:30 am – 5:00pm PT Venetian Convention Center: Lido 3104

Cybersecurtity Command Center

Here’s your opportunity to learn about how security issues can be addressed from your unique perspective with the latest knowledge and technology.

Convention Center: Level 2 | Veronese 2501A & Titian 2301A | Booth 8500-8600

Connected Health Experience

Focused on disruption, attendees can interact with start-ups and early stage companies with a range of start-ups and early stage companies featuring products, demos and interactive opportunities in areas such as mobile apps, artificial intelligence, wireless monitoring devices, sensors and virtual reality tools.

Convention Center: Level 2 | Bellini 2101A | Booth 8700

HIMSS by the numbers
Certainly, HIMSS18 will be a big meeting.  And here’s a look at some data provided by HIMSS to get a sense of just how big the meeting and the numbers will be.

Attendance: 45,000—equal to the capacity of Wrigley Field during a Cubs game.

Content:  Over 22,000 stories, blogs and communications disseminated around the world.

Geography:  40 countries will be represented.

Carpet: More than 10 miles of “aisle” carpet—so bring your comfortable shoes!

Connectivity: Over 18 miles of Internet cables throughout the convention center.

Coffee: 40,000 cups and over 2,500 gallons expected to be served.

Power: 4,292 batteries, 1,391 powerstrips and countless electrons.

Technology empowering humanity
The HIMSS18 experience promises to be a bit like quenching an insatiable thirst for healthcare innovation by drinking out of a fire hose—but it’s worth the effort.  And a well-planned trip can be an essential tactic to navigating both the physical and intellectual aspects of the meeting. But there’s one other essential component to HIMSS and that’s the human side.  We all spend a good deal of time talking about patient-centricity and how humanity can be lost to technological innovation. What HIMSS offers us is the chance to engage, network, and collaborate with each other and find human solutions that are empowered by technology—not the other way around!

Veta Health will be exhibiting from March 5 – March 9 at the HIMSS 2018 Conference in Las Vegas, NV at the Connected Health Pavilion Booth #8700-36. Come visit us!