More than 43,000 health IT professionals and enthusiasts flocked to Las Vegas for the 2018 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition. The conference was a week long from March 5 to March 9th at the Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Expo Center.
The event kicked off with an opening keynote on Monday evening by Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor and Former Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google). His keynote focused on “technology for a healthier future” and he shared with the audience that the future of healthcare lies in machine learning, cloud technology, and killer apps.
Other notable keynote speakers included: David Shulkin, Secretary of Veteran Affairs; Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, Director at Defense Health Agency; Heller Rinaudo, Founder & CEO of Zipline; and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., Role Model, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Conference topics ranged from connected health and telehealth to privacy and security, but the conference really buzzed with talk of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and patient personalization strategies.
With thousands of attendees all equipped with their smartphones and portable chargers, there was a lot of great conversation to follow on Twitter. Here are a few of our favorite tweets from the week:
"The riskiest patient is one that doesn't show up to the doctor's office." Terri H. Steinberg, Christiana Care Health System #HIMSS18
— Jeff Byers (@jeffpbyers) March 6, 2018
— Cerner (@Cerner) March 8, 2018
What an amazing site as 43,000 of the best and brightest minds in #HealthIT come together for #HIMSS18. #MakingADifference @CDILLC @cuevas27 @EMRAnswers @HealthData4All @drnic1 @techguy @CancerGeek @JoeBabaian @gnayyar pic.twitter.com/9uAnAnqDYu
— Dr. Scott A. Vinci (@drscottvinci) March 7, 2018
— HIMSS Analytics (@HIMSSAnalytics) March 8, 2018
Lucky to be standing our star. Tonight at #HIMSS18 Sue @sgschade received the #ACCE award for her work promoting the clinical engineering profession. She was accompanied by an entourage of friends and supporters. I was proud to be one of them. @StarBridgeHIT pic.twitter.com/islXxds6bo
— David Muntz (@davidmuntz) March 7, 2018
— Sue Woods MD MPH (@SueWoods) March 8, 2018
Dr. Rucker on his long-term vision for interoperability: Patients control their data on their smartphone, leading to new levels of patient engagement. @ONC_HealthIT #HIMSS18 pic.twitter.com/BoIiBlnOKR
— Matt Swain (@mswain37) March 7, 2018
Perfect summation of #HIMSS18 key themes around #PatientVoice via @boissyad of @ClevelandClinic in @HealthITNews: "We have to design for what matters most– not just for our #patients, but for our #clinicians...not just a human experience, but humane." #humanizehealthcare (1/2) https://t.co/6R26TLDx1t
— PatientWisdom (@PatientWisdom) March 9, 2018
Today, we celebrate the leadership of #WomenInHIT at #HIMSS18!
"Women in our community share in our mission of forging a path toward inclusivity and equity for all." - @CarlaMSmith #HealthITChicks #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/Q3b39wkbjc
— HIMSS (@HIMSS) March 8, 2018
What was your favorite moment from #HIMSS18? Let us know in the comments!