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Reflecting on HIMSS 2024: Key Insights for Healthcare Leaders
April 18, 2024
Pat Becker
Discover key takeaways for healthcare professionals from the HIMSS 2024 conference, such as cybersecurity and AI in healthcare.

This year’s HIMSS 2024 Conference brought together over 30,000 healthcare leaders into a week of sessions and events that did not disappoint. Amidst the insightful discussions, two topics stood out at the forefront of urgency and change in the industry: artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity.

AI in Healthcare: From Talk to Action

This year, AI took center stage, moving beyond theoretical discussions to practical implementation. Instead of grand promises, there was a shift towards a more practical approach. Healthcare providers now understand that implementing AI isn’t a magic fix; it requires careful planning, evaluation, and risk assessment. Organizations are focusing on real-world applications, recognizing the need to balance technology with people and processes.

Initiatives like the Trustworthy & Responsible AI Network (TRAIN) are gaining traction, emphasizing the importance of ethical AI development. Legislative efforts, such as the European Union’s AI Act, are also shaping the landscape, emphasizing accountability.

Quisitive garnered attention by introducing MazikCare CoPilot in the Microsoft booth at HIMSS 2024. The product showcased practical applications of AI in augmenting human capabilities across different healthcare use-cases and showcased the tangible use-cases of AI for transforming productivity. Quisitive’s CEO, Mike Reinhart, also took part in an Industry Solution Session alongside other notable leaders in the space to discuss the implications of generative AI in healthcare for improving patient experiences, streamline workflows, and enhance the overall healthcare journey.

While AI holds immense potential for healthcare, HIMSS 2024 highlighted the reality that seeing these benefits will take time and collaboration. While the journey ahead may be challenging, initiatives like MazikCare Copilot reflect the industry’s commitment to embracing AI responsibly and effectively.

Cybersecurity in Healthcare: A Pressing Concern

Fresh in everyone’s minds was the recent cyberattack on Change Health, highlighting the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures in healthcare. The attack’s impact on patient care and finances was substantial, serving as a wake-up call for the industry.

The pandemic accelerated the adoption of telehealth and remote care, expanding the digital footprint of healthcare data. This heightened the importance of securing data across various platforms and devices.

Discussions on cybersecurity were prevalent throughout the conference, reflecting a collective determination to strengthen defenses against evolving threats.

In Summary

HIMSS 2024 underscored the healthcare community’s resilience and adaptability. As we navigate the complexities of AI and cybersecurity, collaboration and innovation will be crucial in delivering secure, high-quality care to all.

Patricia Becker, LHMISS – Sr. Strategy Advisor – Healthcare, Quisitive

Patricia brings more than thirty plus years of executive healthcare information technology experience. Her experience covers all aspects of information technology, including strategic planning, revenue cycle and electronic health record implementations, budget and operations, product specification, product delivery, internal customer services, external client support, and management of outsourced resources. Connect on LinkedIn

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