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The “Will to Win” in Healthcare… And Other Key Takeaways from HIMSS21

Director of Healthcare Product Strategy & Management
Thursday, August 26, 2021 in Customer Experience, Events, Healthcare

Last week, our Virtustream healthcare team joined thousands of others from around the world at HIMSS 2021, one of the healthcare industry’s most influential global conferences. The week was jam-packed with technology innovation, healthcare education and case studies, and industry collaboration.

To kick off the event, we attended the popular CIO Summit, which Virtustream proudly sponsored, and the opening ceremony at the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium. Meticulously designed to reflect the Raiders’ brand, the stadium is beautiful, spotless and features plenty of cutting-edge technology.

As impressive as the stadium was, however, the piece that stood out most in my mind was the iconic 85-foot torch at the entrance with a quote from the former Raiders owner Al Davis, “The fire that burns brightest in the Raiders’ organization is the will to win.” That same will to win burns bright in healthcare as well, as every healthcare IT organization that Virtustream works with does everything possible to win for their patients and communities. And that’s exactly where Virtustream’s healthcare solutions and services focus – supporting our clients’ success in the cloud so that their internal IT teams can prioritize new patient-centered IT advancements and innovation.

At the conference, our team enjoyed seeing familiar and new faces alike, and hearing first-hand their thoughts around current IT pain points and challenges, and how they’re accelerating their digital transformation journeys. As an avid baseball fan, I also loved hearing Major League Baseball veteran Theo Epstein talk about how he leveraged data analytics to transform the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs into World Champions. While this sports-focused session at a healthcare conference might seem out of place, Theo’s approach to data analytics can easily be applied to delivering better healthcare. Improving operational efficiencies, for example, is something that all organizations strive for and can be enhanced by leveraging data analytics in the cloud. Additionally, the data can be used to deliver more personalized and precise patient care as well.

To hear the latest on healthcare news and trends, our team attended numerous sessions at HIMSS. Not surprisingly, several of this year’s panels focused on leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to guide business outcomes and deliver better patient care. This was clearly a central theme for the conference this year, and it excited us to see an increasing number of applications designed around these powerful technologies.

A favorite session of mine was hosted by one of Virtustream’s customers, Dr. Zafar Chaudry, SVP and CIO at Seattle Children’s, who discussed how the hospital uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to make better-informed strategic decisions and deliver more personalized patient care. I was also fascinated by Ryan Sousa’s story. The Chief Data Officer at Seattle Children’s, Ryan’s telecommunications background served as the foundation for how he used a non-traditional approach to develop Seattle Children’s innovative IT infrastructure and analytics program.

While we certainly missed the HIMSS event in 2020, we were thrilled to safely experience one of the industry’s most important flagship events this year.  Throughout the week, the Virtustream team held numerous meetings with healthcare providers and industry vendors to share our platform capabilities, services and security portfolios and overall cloud expertise — all designed to address today’s key challenges surrounding digital transformation for healthcare IT organizations.

Connect with us today: If you didn’t get a chance to meet with us at HIMSS 2021, you can still book a meeting with us anytime here. We’re happy to walk through how Virtustream can help your organization run Epic and other healthcare applications in the cloud to achieve better performance, agility and flexibility, security, cost controls and more.

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