As the annual HIMSS conference quickly approaches and strives to bring folks together to help transform health through IT, CDW Healthcare spoke to a few of our partners about their focus for HIMSS16 and how they’re planning to make an impact on health IT. Following is our conversation with Cisco.

For healthcare providers, connecting with the patient is central to everything they do. From building patients’ clinical profiles, to educating them on their health and wellness choices, to facilitating visits, medication and managing care outside the four walls, it’s that connection with the patient that makes all the difference.

Today’s highly informed patients (aka consumers) have more options than ever, and patient satisfaction measures are becoming an important factor in reimbursement rates. Here at Cisco, we’re always asking ourselves, “How do you provide a better work environment for clinicians — one that boosts efficiency while fostering patient engagement? And in the context of doing all that, how do you keep electronic patient data secure?”

“Connected Health” is the concept we embrace because we believe patient care (and patients) get better when stakeholders can more easily communicate and collaborate. As a result, one of our big areas of focus is our Patient Connect software platform. The idea behind Patient Connect is to bring together all the information patients or their family members might be interested in while the patient is in the hospital. It runs on the flat screen TV in a patient room, and through a single point of access, can securely bring up the patient’s medical record, patient education videos and a way to connect to the care team. For example, if you’re in the hospital for knee surgery and you want to know more about post-surgery rehabilitation, you could watch a video on that topic while you’re waiting.

To support clinicians and clinical workflows, our focus is secure mobility and providing a more efficient work environment for them as they’re running around the hospital floor. We’re centered on making it easy to securely access the information they need at the point of care. That’s why the American Hospital Association has, for the past decade, endorsed Cisco’s Wireless Networking products exclusively as the right choice for hospitals of all sizes.

Cisco Connected Health at HIMSS16

We’re making connected health a primary focus of our involvement at HIMSS16. And for the ninth year in a row, we’re putting on (with support from Intel), our annual Connected Health Summit during the show, where customers will be sharing their experiences with new innovations in care delivery:

New Parkland Hospital and Its Digital Transformation. Big things are happening at Dallas’ Parkland Health & Hospital System — including the grand opening of a new $1.3 billion all-digital facility called the New Parkland Hospital. In this session, Parkland’s Vice President of Information Technologies Joe Longo will highlight its journey building a technology strategy and discuss the digital technology in place at this new facility. Joe will then zero in on Parkland’s implementation of a new patient engagement solution designed to connect, engage, educate and even entertain patients and their family members.

Changing How Care is Delivered at Spectrum Health. Spectrum Health and Priority Health MedNow provide a fast, convenient and affordable way to deliver medical care — virtually. Learn how to develop a telehealth program that utilizes the latest and most secure technology. This health offering provides patients easy access to the care at a lower cost. It puts consumers in charge of how they want to connect with providers and when. It’s health care on their terms.

Tele-stroke and Telehealth Programs at Lee Memorial Health. Learn how Lee Memorial Health, based in southeast Florida and the fifth largest public health system in the U.S., has implemented telehealth systems in order to dramatically reduce “door to needle time” for stroke victims. In this session, Lee Memorial Health Vice President and CMIO William Carracino, MD, will share his perspectives on building a telehealth program from scratch — with a specific focus on lessons learned about technology selection, EHR integration, workflow transformation and future plans to expand into other clinical areas.

Building a Digital Health Innovation Ecosystem. The UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) catalyzes faster and more effective implementation of digital health into everyday clinical care. CDHI does this by supporting and partnering with innovators inside and outside UCSF, helping to develop, test, evaluate and realize big ideas for improving health. Learn how CDHI is addressing one of the biggest impediments to digital health development and a massive global health challenge — interoperability.

We also invite you to join in the fun at Cisco’s Booth #2643 and CDW Healthcare’s Booth #3606. Experience our innovative healthcare solutions firsthand to see how they can help your organization connect more meaningfully with patients. We can’t wait to see you at HIMSS16!

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