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Previewing 8 of HIMSS20’s Can’t-Miss Sessions

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We’re just two weeks away from thousands of healthcare leaders and innovators joining forces in Orlando at the annual HIMSS conference, and I for one can’t wait for an exciting and informative week.

As I pack my most comfortable shoes, hand sanitizer, and sunglasses, I can’t help but look forward to hearing from our customers and other innovators about big changes in the industry.

Here’s what’s on my list of can’t-miss sessions:


After we set up our booth, I can’t wait to see our customer Northwell Health talk about one of my favorite topics: digital patient experience. Emily Kagan-Trenchard, VP, Digital & Innovation Strategy will be presenting Digital Patient Experience: The Most Valuable Team You Don’t Yet Have in the Hyatt Ballroom at 2:10 PM.

Next, I’m looking forward to spotting another customer, Intermountain, in Monday’s preconference keynote, Digital Transformation Spotlight, featuring Daniel Barchi, Senior VP & CIO, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Marc Probst, CIO, Intermountain Healthcare, and Dr. Natalie Pageler, CMIO, Stanford Children’s Health. They will share real-world examples of the challenges and successes of bringing advanced technology to health and care. Catch this session from 1 – 2 PM in the Hyatt Regency.


At 3:15 at Booth 680, I’m excited to see Manifest MedEx CEO Claudia Williams present From Data “Hunter + Gatherer” to Data “Cultivator”. Manifest is an innovative HIE – one of many leading the charge in rapidly evolving HIE’s role in healthcare. Claudia will share an interesting perspective on Manifest’s work.

If I could be two places at once, I’d also be sure to catch Verato partners Amazon Web Services’ and Genevieve Morris’ session, Demystifying Interoperability, Information Blocking, and APIs: Clear Guidance on Improvement Opportunities from 3 – 4 PM in W320.

Right after Claudia’s session, I plan to head over to the MuleSoft Booth (#3727) from 4 – 4:30, where Verato Chief Product Officer Joaquim Neto will join MuleSoft to demo how to lay a reliable foundation for Patient 360. This is a great opportunity for more depth and interaction on a complicated data problem with a much-less-complicated solution. If you can’t wait, I suggest this Texas Health case study as a preview.


After what is sure to be a fun time at our reception on Tuesday night, it will be an early morning in W204A at 8:30 AM to catch Magellan Healthcare and Cedars-Sinai discuss how they are using clinical decision support to deploy an industry-leading PA solution in Driving Value: Automating Prior Authorization at the Point of Care.

No day would be complete without some HIE sessions, so later in the morning (and after some more coffee) I will catch Health Current and Diameter Health’s session How to Tame your “Data Dragon”: A Statewide Approach at 10 AM in W308A. This session will explore how HIEs can engage the community to solve data quality issues.


Continuing the innovation theme on Thursday, another HIE customer, CORHIO, will be presenting a fascinating session with the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice System Data Sharing to Improve Outcomes. At 10 AM in W230A, Kate Horle, CORHIO COO, and Danielle Culp, Criminal Justice Health Information Exchange Coordinator at the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health will review how they are collaborating to provide jails with access to clinical data and ensuring that individuals with behavioral health disorders have access to a broad spectrum of effective medications as they transition between settings.

Directly after that session, I’m eager to hear about how Community Health Plan of Washington is addressing a very hot topic – social determinants of health – in an interesting data framework. At 11:30 AM in W304A, Jennifer Polello, Director, Clinical Data Integration & Social Determinants of Health, will review how CHPW successfully engaged and partnered with providers to capture and work with SDOH data in Capturing Social Determinants of Health Data Across Community Health Centers.

I hope to see you in some of these sessions, at the Verato reception on Tuesday night, or at Verato Booth 4791!