With 45,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors assembled at the country’s leading healthcare conference, HIMSS 2017 bustled with the latest and greatest in health IT innovations. While sifting through the hum of thousands of conversations could be challenging, the discussions spurred from so many key influencers coming together to discuss their visions for the future was enlightening. After three days of mingling with some of the brightest minds in healthcare and IT, attendees came away with two major themes emerging above the noise: security and the cloud.
As Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM, reflected in her keynote, the U.S. finds itself on the precipice of transformation and change in 2017 as the country transitions into a new White House administration. This transformation, paired with advances in health IT, are resulting in a year of tremendous possibility and opportunity for accelerating the quality of care — particularly within the scope of security and cloud technologies for healthcare.
IoT cybersecurity: Friend or foe?
Although recent advancements in technology have increased the work efficiency for medical professionals and, consequently, improved care for patients, there is a fear that private health information (PHI) security may be compromised. This new technology coming into play weighs heavily on the minds of many in the industry. With an increasingly interconnected world, the topic of cybersecurity in healthcare has, perhaps, never buzzed quite as loudly as it did at HIMSS 2017.