HIMSS19 Champion of Health: Rasu Shrestha

As it really works to foster ongoing international well being enchancment, HIMSS is marshalling the abilities of its most necessary useful resource: its personal members. In Orlando in February, choose HIMSS19 Champions of Health – various leaders from all around the world who share a dedication to higher well being via info and expertise – might be a significant presence on the present: highly effective voices who will spur dialogue and motion about profitable methods for data-driven healthcare.

One of these Champions of Health is Dr. Rasu Shrestha, who for the previous 11 years has served as chief innovation officer at UPMC – and within the close to future might be becoming a member of Atrium Health as its chief technique officer.

We requested Shrestha what he’ll be keeping track of on the huge present, what he thinks about buzz-heavy subjects corresponding to AI and blockchain and what under-heralded applied sciences he thinks could be poised for a breakthrough.

Q. What are you most trying ahead to at HIMSS19?

A. HIMSS19 goes to be actually attention-grabbing. There’s going to be, I believe, a fruits of lots of the stuff we have been speaking about for the previous a number of years, lastly coming to bear fruit.

One instance is telemedicine, or digital well being. There’s lots of buzz within the business that, with extra reimbursement now coming in, telehealth is lastly going to essentially see the sunshine of day. It’s the in a single day success story that was 30 years within the making.

I am additionally actually enthusiastic about substance round some of the buzzwords we’re all the time listening to, like AI and machine studying. There’s lots of rhetoric round that, however what I am hoping we’ll see is what it actually means in phrases of transferring the needle for brand spanking new care fashions or creating new alternatives for bringing different enterprise fashions to bear in healthcare. What does it imply to deal with some of the doctor burnout points we have seen throughout the board?

I am additionally excited concerning the work we’re doing via the HIMSS Innovation Committee: pushing greatest practices – and even worst practices – ahead, highlighting what to not do, not simply what to do. And then additionally exploring new frameworks, the place we’re highlighting what are some of the fashions that make innovation sticky: How will we align this to the varied methods that well being techniques are placing collectively?

Q. You talked about AI. What about one other much-hyped expertise, blockchain? Do you assume it can proceed to achieve traction in 2019?

A. I believe it is beginning to generate extra substance. There’s clearly been lots of buzz round blockchain. I believe one phrase I heard not too long ago was “machine intelligence-powered cloud-based blockchain network.” (Laughs.)

But I do see lots of promise for blockchain, distributed ledger, hyper-connected networks, to deal with some particular challenges we have had in healthcare round id administration, for instance, or round what what we’re beginning to name good contracts. Looking at distributed networks of shoppers, in addition to well being techniques, how will we ensure we’re in a position to have these good contracts come to be in place in an atmosphere the place interoperability continues to be a problem? I see some promise there.

And one other space the place I see some promise is on the buyer entrance, the place there is a motion for sufferers to take cost of their very own knowledge. So what does that imply, for shoppers to have the ability to capitalize on these ledger-based blockchain capabilities that will enable them to not simply have entry to their knowledge however to empower them with taking these knowledge components to make choices throughout massive geographical areas – whether or not it is for second opinions or to participate in analysis research, and many others.

There are particular use instances, and that is how I take into consideration blockchain, specializing in these use instances and discovering some well being techniques which are prepared to place into some of these options round blockchain. We’ll see the place it goes.

Q. How about some lesser-hyped traits? Are there any darkish horses or under-the-radar applied sciences you are hoping to be taught extra about in Orlando?

A. There’s a broader motion round IoT – or IoMT, the web of medical issues, as we name it on the Center for Connected Medicine right here at UPMC. In the previous yr, we did a collection of research and a webinar and hosted a tweet chat round IoMT. This may very well be a really attention-grabbing development. It’s not getting lots of hype proper now. But how will we take care of this plethora of related units? Not simply shopper units, but in addition units which are producing lots of scientific knowledge – blood glucometers, Bluetooth-enabled scales – inside and out of doors the well being system?

There are lots of conversations that should be had there round safety and privateness, but in addition interoperability. For occasion, is that this going to be a rerun of the interoperability challenges we have had within the EHR world? And then what are the alternatives to foster the proper enterprise fashions for distant affected person monitoring and harnessing the information which are coming via these IoMT kind units? We’re doing a bunch of issues there with corporations corresponding to Vivify Health. I believe it is a place the place there may very well be lots of substance for encouraging newer care fashions.

Twitter: @MikeMiliardHITN
Email the author: mike.miliard@himssmedia.com

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