CLOUD COMPUTING FORUM: A HIMSS EVENT
Las Vegas, NV - March 5, 2018
Breakfast will be served in the ballroom.
While hospitals and health systems have historically been somewhat tentative about mass migrations to the cloud, industry luminaries like our event host, Beth Israel Deaconess System CIO John Halamka, MD, have been making bold predictions of late about datacenters vanishing as hospitals go the cloud for analytics, EHRs and clinical decision support. Halamka, for one, has backed up that claim by placing 7 petabytes of Beth Israel's data in the cloud.
In this opening keynote session, Halamka sets the stage for the speakers to come, recounting Beth Israel's ongoing cloud journey, and explaining why going forward cloud computing holds the key to innovation, customer service, high reliability, robust geographically distributed disaster recovery, security best practices, lower cost, and enhanced scalability. Oh, yes, and for freeing up existing IT FTEs for new work.
In short, as Halamka will explain, the road to healthcare’s future – a road fraught with new reimbursement models, consumerism, increased competition, and many other challenges – runs through the cloud. And as our event host, he’ll be here all day to answer questions and elaborate on that perspective.
In November 2017, HIMSS Media conducted its inaugural healthcare Cloud Computing Survey. The survey’s goal: To give a snapshot that shows where healthcare organizations are in their journey to the cloud.
A key takeaway, and there were many, is that of the 151 qualified respondents, 75% agreed with the statement: “I feel optimistic that cloud technology will lead to improved point-of-care decision making.”
In this session, HIMSS Media’s Janet King, senior director, market insights, gives a quick overview of the survey’s findings. Janet will address:
Janet’s presentation will provide attendees with a great perspective in how their cloud journey compares to their peers.
As you plan your journey to the cloud, always keep in mind that it is a multi-pronged, iterative process that takes time, planning, and patience - and with good reason. The cloud disrupts the way IT is delivered and consumed. So as you move to the cloud, it’s important that you take time to scrutinize and rethink the way IT operates in your organization, all with the ultimate goal of enabling strategic objectives.
In this session, IT veteran Steve Crusenberry, who has guided dozens of healthcare organizations to the cloud, outlines and explains the three stages of planning your journey to the cloud. They are:
Steve’s approach will provide a practical guide for attendees as they plan their own journey to the cloud.
As the director of information management for American Health Partners (AHP), an ACO that includes 41 independent community practices caring for one million patients, LaRon Rowe knows first-hand the power of a cloud-based data repository and analytics platform to support population health management initiatives.
AHP uses the cloud to consolidate and aggregate millions of data points. It then analyzes the data to calculate hundreds of clinical measures, cost utilization, risk scores and clinical gaps. Ultimately, this intelligence helps physicians and insurance companies make better decisions and provide better patient care.
LaRon is the lead architect for AHP’s cloud strategy, and in this session, he’ll discuss how cloud computing enables IT solutions across disparate organizations and vendors, and breaks down data silos. Additionally, as he’ll explain, this is an “easy win” and faster compared to migrating to a cloud-based EMR.
Key discussion points:
Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Coffee will be served in the ballroom area.
After a full morning of sessions and thought-leadership focused on Cloud 101 - practical, foundational information healthcare organizations need to migrated data and operations to the cloud - we assemble speakers to share key takeaways and take questions from the audience. It’s a great way to segue into lunch and to set the stage for the afternoon’s presentations on privacy & security and innovation or “the art of the possible” that the cloud enables.
Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships.
To better control healthcare’s mounting cost pressures, more and more, healthcare vendors are turning to the cloud to leverage efficiencies and to keep expenses in check. As a result, healthcare organizations often have no choice but to do the same; they’re being pushed by vendor partners.
This means that knowingly or unknowingly, healthcare organizations are moving more patient health information to cloud infrastructures.
As Intermountain Healthcare CISO Karl West will address, whether voluntarily or not, moving healthcare data to the cloud requires healthcare organizations to address four areas to bolster cybersecurity:
Precision medicine and machine learning are two of the hottest topics in healthcare, and no event at HIMSS would be complete without offering a perspective on their potential to transform healthcare. In this session, attendees will learn how the cloud offers a great opportunity to maximize their combined potential to improve patient care and satisfaction.
Zeeshan Syed, founder of Health at Scale and director and clinical associate professor at Stanford Medicine, and Zahoor Elahi, senior vice president of Optum, will demonstrate how to do that and operationalize precision medicine at scale.
As Zeeshan will explain, a cloud-based predictive analytic platform gives members of the health care ecosystem actionable data to match patients to the most appropriate medical interventions at the right time.
As a case study, Zahoor will discuss how insurer UnitedHealthcare leveraged Health at Scale's machine-learning cloud platform to coordinate care for 40 million members and proactively refer patients to individually-optimal providers within complex care networks.
Host John Halamka wraps up the day, recapping key insights, best practices, lessons learned, and sending attendees home with action items to take their own cloud initiatives to the next level.