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The Ecosystem Event for the Entire Healthcare Industry
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We think AI and machine learning (ML) will be major topics at HLTH, specifically how the technologies can be used to improve patient care while still preserving data privacy and security. The potential is so great, but it must be implemented carefully and in the service of patient care, not for its own sake.
We’re attending HLTH because it’s the premier event for healthcare innovation. It’s also a great show for networking with other healthcare professionals from around the world. We can learn from each other’s experiences and share ideas about improving healthcare.
At HLTH 2023, it’s all about creating those personalized experiences with healthcare’s greatest innovators and those providers who dare to deviate from the status quo. At Ronin, we’re passionate about leveraging safe and ethical AI in healthcare to mitigate the clinical burden faced by oncologists, while efficiently personalizing treatment decisions for their cancer patients. We see this event as an invaluable opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations who recognize that the impactful changes our industry is making today are just the beginning. We can’t wait to be part of this transformative event!
We expect plenty of discussions about on-going challenges facing healthcare providers, such as staffing shortages, rising labor costs, and how to create a more retail-like, seamless payment experience for patients, as well as how automation can ease these burdens. Of course, musings about ChatGPT and AI will continue as stakeholders try to figure out its impact on care delivery and how patients get information. We are excited for the anticipated in-person conversations with clients, prospective clients, and other industry experts to learn more about the big challenges facing healthcare and how technology can improve the patient and provider experience.
We expect discussions at HLTH to be dominated by data interoperability. All relevant stakeholders, including health plans, providers, and patients, are actively exploring avenues to enhance the accessibility and seamless transfer of medical data among themselves. Despite the development of universal standards like FHIR, progress has been inconsistent. This underscores the need for innovative applications that can integrate data from various sources to streamline data access and sharing.
We are exhibiting at HLTH to address these challenges, gather firsthand feedback, and collaborate with leaders in healthcare technology. We are committed to fostering a more responsive and integrated experience for multiple stakeholders, including providers, researchers, developers, and, most importantly, patients.
I eagerly anticipate the high-level discussions scheduled for HLTH as the event brings together an impressive roster of leading innovators within our industry for several days of collaboration and networking over key issues impacting the healthcare ecosystem. Our unwavering dedication to helping healthcare organizations develop and maintain a high level of stakeholder trust when it comes to privacy and security seamlessly aligns with HLTH’s overarching theme of health innovation and transformation. I firmly believe that this emphasis on innovation will provide valuable opportunities for meaningful discussions that closely mirror DirectTrust’s mission, ultimately laying the groundwork for collaborative solutions aimed at bolstering trust and security within the healthcare sector.
Every individual across the globe aspires to enjoy improved health and healthcare, and it’s evident that our social circumstance and lifestyle choices fundamentally influence our health outcomes. It’s with this understanding that HLTH has embraced a broader perspective by evoking “humanity” in this year’s theme. The lineup of speakers and presenters aptly embodies this expanded vision. While most conferences I attend provide a platform for reconnecting with our diverse membership and the broader health IT community, I am particularly excited about how this widened perspective can expand the DirectTrust community into new dimensions as we continue our commitment to advancing trust, identity, privacy, and security in health data exchange. This focus increasingly transcends industry borders, making it clear that our community is not limited to healthcare alone—it encompasses all of humanity.
We expect engaging conversations around data: how health systems leverage data to improve performance, the challenges organizations face when trying to use their data, and how life science organizations are seeking synthetic data that provides rich insights to advance life-saving therapies. We are looking forward to talking with provider and life science companies to discuss how to best organize teams around self-service access and exploration tools to accelerate analysis, as well as ways that health systems can partner with life science companies to test hypotheses, validate clinical trials, and more.
Artificial intelligence will create a significant impact on the physician/patient relationship, but not in the way that many others have predicted. AI’s effect on healthcare will be less about diagnosing complex conditions, and more about improving efficiencies that save clinicians and staff time, such as communicating with patients as they prep for a routine visit and for follow-up afterwards. AI will also be particularly effective in helping empower a Virtualist workforce that can be used to extend capacity for their office-based partners. At HLTH, we look forward to meeting with forward-thinking health systems that are interested in discussing how a tech-empowered virtual care workforce can help them expand access for patients, decrease the burden on their office-based providers, and improve their bottom line.
Interoperability continues to be a top-of-mind industry topic, especially with the enforcement of the interoperability rule. Providers and EHR vendors are recognizing the long-anticipated data tsunami has finally arrived and many are looking for solutions that will help with the efficient sending and receiving of clinical data in formats that are usable at the point of care. At HLTH, we are looking for many great face-to-face conversations to better understand stakeholders’ challenges with unorganized data and how technology can be used to filter clinical information and facilitate diagnostic interoperability.
Health systems leaders are seeking new approaches to optimally deliver patient care. As care settings are increasingly dispersed, several ideas like patient flow, the care continuum, and patient journey all try to capture what happens with patients across this complicated spectrum. Care orchestration provides the controls to effectively move patients along the continuum of care. I’m interested in what HLTH attendees are saying about the progress they’re making to achieve better patient outcomes and greater operational efficiencies by orchestrating the patient journey across all aspects of care.
Last year’s HLTH event was fueled by the AI buzz. As AI has now become a part of our daily conversations, I expect HLTH 2023 to go deeper into what’s possible with this technology and how generative AI and LLMs can work inside healthcare to more accurately assess health risks, identify care gaps, detect disease, advance medical treatment, boost patient engagement and overall, shift healthcare in a positive direction.
HLTH is known for attracting influential speakers, industry leaders, and innovative startups, so there may be surprises and emerging trends that come to light during the conference. That said, I think we can expect to see discussions on AI-powered healthcare solutions and their impact on different areas of medicine, the continued expansion of virtual care in the post-pandemic era, updates on the advances in personalized medicine including the areas of genomics and personalized diagnostics, and a continued focus on evolving wearables and other digital health tools that bring health and healthcare closer to home.
AI is still a red-hot topic, but there’s more to it than the generative large language models that drive most conversations. In fact, the AI hype bubble may soon burst as healthcare executives shift their focus to its practical applications over AI’s pie-in-the-sky promises. Another key topic is likely to be how some non-traditional players with enormous footprints may – or may not – transform how care is delivered. Despite all the energy and excitement around improving healthcare delivery, payment models tend to be stuck in the past or very slow to evolve. I love exploring these and other issues at HLTH because it attracts executives from huge players to small, disruptive start-ups.