IT is Helping to Advance Life-Saving Technologies

Big advances are happening in patient care, and information technology is as much a driver as medical research. Genomics, precision medicine and analytics are moving from the research lab to clinical practice, aided by the ability to do more complex work on off-the shelf devices as well as by technology that enhances collaboration. I expect much of the conversation at HIMSS this year will focus on these three areas and new ways to improve patient outcomes using them.

The knowledge that our industry can help save lives has the Dell team fired up and ready to engage in meaningful interaction at HIMSS 2015. We have a full calendar of events to get the conversations started, and we’ll have our thought leaders and subject matter experts on hand to talk with all participants.

We’ll also invite HIMSS attendees who stop by our booth to make a difference in the life of a child fighting cancer by creating head adornments for Brooke’s Blossoming Hope, which gives them to children who lose their hair during treatment. The organization was founded by the family of Brooke Hester (below right), one of the patients in the pediatric cancer clinical trial sponsored by the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC), and supported by Dell and TGen.

Dr. Giselle Sholler (above left), pediatric oncologist and chair of the NMTRC, will be at our booth on Tuesday, April 14. She’ll demonstrate how to make the headbands and also talk about how community hospitals can make a few surprisingly affordable technology investments to enable their physicians to participate in precision medicine research projects.

Register for the Tweetups!

New on the calendar this year are three Tweetups, on Personalized/Precision Medicine, Security and Population Health, led by some of the top experts in healthcare IT. Join us at booth #955 for a Dell tweetup and you will receive a Starbucks gift card and be able to create a headband for Brooke’s Blossoming Hope.

  • Personalized Medicine/Precision Medicine, Monday, April 13, 1:30 p.m. – TGen’s vice president of technology, James Lowey, and Anatol Blass, a systems consultant at Dell working with TGen and NMTRC, will lead a discussion about how technologies — such as lower-cost genomic sequencing, high-performance computing, and collaboration software — are supporting clinicians and researchers in their work to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

  • Population Health, Wednesday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. – Ken Yale, M.D., vice president of clinical solutions for ActiveHealth Management, will share how patient data was combined with purchased lifestyle and behavioral data to identify messages and modes of communication most likely to resonate with specific patient groups. Joining him will be two experts from Dell’s Analytics Information Management Group, Tom Hill, Ph.D., executive director, and Shawn Rogers, chief research officer, to explore opportunities, obstacles and challenges to adopting analytics in healthcare.
  • Security, Tuesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. – David Houlding, healthcare privacy and
    security lead for Intel Health and Life Sciences, and Frank Negro, global practice leader for strategy and planning at Dell Services, will explore how security solutions such as hardware-based multi-factor identification, data loss prevention, identity management and other tools can help healthcare embrace new technologies while minimizing security risks.

All week long, there will be hands-on demonstrations of solutions for patient engagement, revenue cycle management, mobility, cloud, security, and analytics. HIMSS participants who stop by the booth can also enter for a chance to win a Dell Venue 8 (3840) Tablet.

To keep up with the emerging conversation and what’s happening at the Dell booth, follow us on Twitter @DellHealth. You can also see our schedule of events on the Dell HIMSS 2015 web page. 

About the Author: Sid Nair