As mentioned in our previous post, Intersog's VP Marketing attended the U.S. largest eHealth event - the annual HIMSS Conference, aka HIMSS16. Besides networking and exploring potential software development partnership opportunities, he attended some thought leader sessions and keynotes to stay in the know about the latest trends and developments in digital health.

Let's see what top eHealth influencers said and twitted during the conference:

  • 84.7% of all hospitals in the United States have departments with unmet needs for optimizing document workflows and EHRs.
  • : 6 in 10 users say fitness monitoring technology has led to a significant change in their behavior.
  • @TamaraMcCleary: Top physician information sources: professional journals (84%), Google (80%), colleagues (80%), online free services (76%). Interesting finding: Google is as popular among doctors as an information source as their colleagues!
  • "We Have More Pilots Than The Airlines In Healthcare!"
  • Gartner: By 2018, 2 million employees will be required to wear health and fitness tracking devices.
  • : The total economic impact expected from IoT by 2025 amounts to $11 trillion.
  • Frans van Houtem (CEO/Royal Philips Electronics): "We see health as an investment that needs to be optimized, rather than a cost that needs to be minimized"
  • #HX360: "If you're standing still, you'll get run over."
  • @RodHochmanMDTelehealth companies could bring a significant amount of disruption in the market.
  • @UCLAHealth: "Healthcare will be disrupted and it will require external partnership and collaboration"
  • ‏@DeloitteHealth: Culture change is the biggest challenge to consumer-centric care models.
  • Commonwealth Fund: "Patients with access to their medical records are more engaged and have greater trust in their care."
  • @evankirstel: Every doctor's business card should have a built-in heart rate monitor
  • Philips Health: 55% of healthcare professionals say access to health data increases patients' responsibility for their health.
  • @SecBurwell: The Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap lays out a clear path ahead for creating a better, smarter, healthier health care system.
  • Ian Weissman (Radiologist): Hospital cultures are difficult to change. Need buy-in from the top down and bottom up.

And what're your takeaways from HIMSS16? Please share as a comment below!

Vik is our Brand Journalist and Head of Online Marketing / PR with 11+ years of international experience in IT B2B. He's also a guest blog contributor to business2community, SitePoint, Journal of mHealth, Wearable Valley and other e-zines.

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