HIMSS: Unlocking Digital Opportunities in Healthcare
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a US-based non-profit organization established in 1961. Since its first days, HIMSS has been striving to enhance the quality of services and increase treatment safety, accessibility and profitability through efficient use of information technologies and streamlined control systems. Their long-term cooperation with Finland started in 2008.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS brings together more than 80,000 individuals, 480 provider organizations, 470 non-profit partners and 650 health service organizations. Professional conferences and exhibitions organized across the globe are regarded as a way to expand worldwide contacts.
The long-term cooperation with Finland started at the regional level with Oulu, known as Finland’s Silicon’s Valley, and followed with a string of successful projects. The HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 conference was organized in Finland for the first time in 2019 followed by a digital event in September 2020.
HIMSS sees its mission in establishment of a global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology to eliminate the existing pressures put on the health care system worldwide including cost escalation and personnel shortages. Moreover, organization highlights existing digital opportunities to be unlocked. Digital technologies offer multiple opportunities to support and expand services provided by health care professionals allowing them to focus on patients and individual approach to their treatment.
Finland is a forerunner in digital health
With digital health platforms, patients have easier access to high quality health services. Digital healthcare technologies allow patients to self-manage their conditions through regular monitoring and tracking of symptoms through user-friendly mobile apps making quality healthcare available in hard-to-reach areas. Moreover, they become a valuable and affordable tool for the early detection of significant changes to disease progression in a patient. This may be critical in a number of medical fields, e.g. oncology, where time is of essence.
Being a relatively small country with a population of 5.5 million, Finland is an evidence of a remarkable upswing both in digital technologies and in health care services. Sean Roberts, Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at HIMSS, believes the giant leap is based on outstanding cooperation between University hospitals and clinics with state agencies.
Communication is open and goes both ways. A hospital representative can put forward an initiative being sure it will be heard and most likely supported. Digital projects designed to enhance health care services can count on the same level of support. As a result, the latest HIMSS event featured 15 projects from Finland.
Sean Roberts claims that Finland should be more vocal about its achievements in establishing an ecosystem aimed at welfare enhancement. The country’s well-coordinated work of state agencies, medical institutions and startups is a top example of efficiency and growth and whole world can learn from it.
If you are a digital healthcare professional seeking to learn new developments in the world of innovations and find new partners, welcome to Helsinki where professionals are working to improve the quality of life of humans living in every corner of the world. The next HIMSS & Health 2.0 Conference & Exhibition will be held in Helsinki on 8-13 June 2021.