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HIMSS24 Takeaways: Healthcare’s New Table Stakes

In the wake of several challenging years for healthcare, health IT conference-goers showed up at the 2024 HIMSS exhibit with renewed enthusiasm and a discerning eye on ROI.

Attendees from healthcare institutions across the globe convened in Orlando, March 3-6, to explore solutions for “creating tomorrow’s health,” as the conference theme promised. The forum offered providers an opportunity to consider future-state possibilities and fresh approaches to persistent problems like process inefficiency and staffing challenges. AI and hybrid care solutions were on tap to answer both needs.

Responsible AI and the Hospital Room of the Future

In healthcare’s post-pandemic era, augmented intelligence and hybrid care models are bringing additional dimensions to the patient care team. The embrace of virtual care and AI at the patient bedside is redefining what we consider to be table stakes in care delivery.

Like the ViVE conference that drew healthcare stakeholders to the West Coast in the weeks prior, HIMSS24 showcased an overwhelming array of health AI innovations. As Caregility COO Mike Brandofino observed, you couldn’t walk the conference floor without bumping into an AI company.

During the conference, Brandofino sat down with HIMSS TV host Kate Milliken to dig into some of the ways health systems are using AI and hybrid care models to elevate the inpatient experience.

“The hospital room of the future is really about how you can use sensors in the room to augment information for the caregivers, thereby stretching what they can do,” said Brandofino.

“Our approach is what we call responsible AI. What we’ve done is focused on how we can enhance the information that’s getting to the caregiver. Things like vitals scanning – can we, just through an image of the patient’s face, get the blood pressure of the patient and give that to the clinician who is looking at the patient right now?”

Those solutions are closing care gaps, improving care quality for patients, and saving time for care teams. “We notify caregivers of changes that they need to pay attention to,” said Brandofino. “We don’t want to replace the caregivers. What we want to do is augment the information they have so they can spend more time maximizing their certification.”

Caregility’s “Intelligent Hospital Room of the Future” conference exhibit demonstrated ways health systems are using virtual collaboration, AI, and digital health integrations to build next-gen hybrid care models like radar-supported Virtual Nursing and computer vision-assisted Virtual Patient Observation.

A Hippocratic Oath for Health AI

Still, some providers are wary of adopting nascent technologies without proof of value and some reassurance.

As momentum builds for AI regulation on a national level, healthcare leaders are rising to meet the call for accountability within the medical field. During HIMSS24, Microsoft announced the creation of the Trustworthy & Responsible AI Network (TRAIN), “which aims to operationalize responsible AI principles to improve the quality, safety, and trustworthiness of AI in health.”

Fellow members of the TRAIN consortium include over a dozen leading health systems, OCHIN, and TruBridge. The group will share AI best practices, provide tools to enable the measurement of AI-related outcomes, and facilitate the development of “a federated national AI outcomes registry that will capture real-world outcomes related to efficacy, safety, and optimization of AI algorithms.”

As AI transparency initiatives unfold, the 2025 conference circuit could see a new system of checks and balances in place to help providers vet vendor offerings. For its part, HIMSS24 presented promising paths forward for providers keen on balancing innovation and ethics.

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