HIMSS 2016

I was at HIMSS with EPAM for the past few days. It’s been fun and exhausting at the same time. Here are some observations: Population health has turned into a buzzword. Everybody talks about it but very few companies can actually describe how they will move the needle. Big Data is yet another buzzword. Without clear definition, everybody is claiming they do big data. Collaboration tools; from data aggregation to secure messaging across providers have matured quite a bit. This opens up the opportunity to generate real insights from existing data using analytics and share them with providers and patients to make the largest impact. One area I was disappointed in is the number of digital engagement platforms for patients. They were grossly underrepresented. Here is my prediction for 2016 in Health Tech; Companies that sit on vast data sets will start partnering/acquiring start-ups that can make sense out of the data in specific niches and we will see quite a bit of consolidation. Exciting times in health technology!