Healthcare transformation and the unlimited potential of health IT took center stage at this year’s annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Las Vegas, Nev, on March 5-9.
As the largest health IT conference in North America with more than 40,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors, HIMSS is a chance for leaders across healthcare to discuss and explore the future of health IT — where it’s going, what will change and how they can lead their organizations to success.
Today I read an article about the new Tesla Model X. Being a car guy means that I immediately want to know how fast it can go. As it turns out it’s REALLY fast. An average minivan can go from 0 to 60mph in about 10 seconds. The Tesla Model X ‘Performance‘ model can go the same distance in 3.8 seconds. For a little more money, one can purchase the ‘Ludicrous Mode’ option, which makes it go the same distance in just 3.2 seconds! If you aren’t into cars, think of those skydiving videos that make the person’s face flap around… that’s how fast this is. Today, I can’t seem to find a parallel to this type of technology and advancement in healthcare. I won’t go so far as to say we are in the horse and buggy era, but we are behind. We need to figure out how to get to ‘Ludicrous Mode‘ in healthcare.
A logical paradox seems to currently apply to the understanding and management of healthcare information technology (HIT) costs: although healthcare providers face common problems, they don’t often collaborate in solving their problems in a common manner.