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HiMSS 2014–We’ll Be There!

It’s that time of year again when we gather up our demo systems and head for somewhere warm and sunny to escape the brutal cold of winter. This year we head to Orlando, FL for some excitement with Mickey and, of course, the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting. A common theme we have seen over this past year is that healthcare is moving in a direction that demands better patient care. Did you know that since the last conference over 1 exabyte of patient-related data has been generated? But what have we done with it? Or the better question is…what CAN we do with it? This of course leads to what we can expect to see at HIMSS.

BIG DATA. It is certain to be featured in everyone’s booths, in everyone’s lectures and be present on everyone’s minds. This year, big data has gotten bigger! Healthcare generates a variety of data types, with new devices, technologies and mission critical systems all generating digital data, the velocity of data is increasing. Add to that social media, wearable devices and the Internet in general and the amount of data that can be utilized to make evidence-based decisions increases dramatically. In the HDS booth, we will be demonstrating the Hitachi Clinical Repository that starts at the root of your big data problem by overcoming interoperability issues, normalizing the data and enabling aggregation of data.

Key to big data is timely access to the data and this starts at the infrastructure layer. Hitachi Clinical Repository is a Vendor Neutral Archive that consolidates medical images and clinical content so that it can be shared across departments, facilities and regions. A completely integrated hardware, software and workflow solution, HCR ingests the medical content, indexes the associated metadata and then enables access to viewers, portals, analytics engines and business intelligence applications to standardized data. Add the enterprise viewer from our partners, Calgary Scientific and you have a fully functional VNA. As an add on to Hitachi Medical’s modality business or as a PACS archive replacement, HIMSS will be rife with VNA offerings and HDS and HMSA will be demonstrating how to get the most out of your VNA, beyond just medical imaging.

For the second year in a row, HDS is excited to have our sister company Hitachi Consulting join us in our booth. HCC will be demonstrating how they can help deliver on the promises of big data with a clinical focus. Chronic disease is a huge cost to the healthcare system and being able to manage patients more effectively throughout their life is a big part of how we can reduce those costs. HCC will show you how to identify those patients at risk and how to take preventative measures before a particular disease gets out of hand.

Building on the big data theme, Hitachi will be hosting a series of speaking sessions including Elmar Flamme, CIO at Klinikum Wels, Austria. Mr. Flamme will be discussing the work HDS has done with Simularity, around risk management and the ability to identify patients at risk. We have been working on a Proof of Concept and will be showing this at HIMSS for everyone to see how getting access to the right data and applying a predictive analytics suite like Simularity can help lower patient risk and improve the potential outcomes of patients.

Also included in the speaking sessions, HDS has invited a number of our partners to share their experiences and best practices that every provider should be aware of when it comes to healthcare IT. Stop by the booth and see Calgary Scientific, Karos Health, Informatica and Visbion discuss important topics ranging from enterprise viewing requirements to application retirement. In addition, HDS has launched the Hitachi HLS Fitbit project. Join our Fitbit Group and track your sleep, your steps per day and get healthy with us.

And finally, what would HIMSS be without some fun. Hitachi will be hosting a cell phone charging bar to recharge your cell phone and a coffee bar for you to get your caffeine fix and keep you awake during that exciting ICD-10 transition lecture. Don’t forget to stop by as the day winds down for the Brocade Happy Hour on Monday and Tuesday where you can taste some exotic beverages and learn about how our partners Brocade work with HDS to deliver key infrastructure benefits that improve performance and reliability of your mission critical systems.

I hope everyone enjoys #HIMSS14 and I look forward to seeing you in Florida! If you can’t make it to the show, follow the action on Twitter at @hds_healthcare, #HIMSS14HDS.



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