HIMSS '22 Reflections

HIMSS '22 Reflections

Last week members of the Augintel team attended HIMSS ’22 in Orlando.


The team attended dozens of sessions and spent many hours on the exhibit floor having great discussions with healthcare technology vendors. Many of those vendor exhibits presented Artificial Intelligence (AI) for healthcare. And yet, we noted the lack of focus on free form text and the Natural Language Processing capabilities of AI. Whether it is behavioral health, chronic illnesses, or other complex cases, there is a wealth of data to be uncovered in the case files. It’s estimated that more than 80% of the data about a case is in the notes. That data helps identify necessary resources, enables betterinformed decisions, and ultimately improves outcomes. We see that in our work in human services every day. And yet, we saw very little of that at HIMSS. Could it be that government is the technology leader here?


We attended a panel discussion about The Gravity Project’s work developing standard diagnostic codes and terminology for SocialDeterminants of Health. The ability to consistently diagnose and share social determinants of health across the continuum of care is a big step forward and the work of The Gravity Project shows great promise.


And of course the excitement…the team was thrilled to be live and in-person once again in sunny Orlando!