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AI, Consumerism Herald a Changing Healthcare Industry at HIMSS19

January 30, 2019 / Jennifer Bresnick

Not too long ago, “2020” was convenient shorthand for “sometime in the distant future.”  But healthcare professionals gathering in Orlando this year for the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may have the slightly uncomfortable feeling of an expectant new decade peering right over their shoulder – and gaining on them fast. In many respects, the future has indeed arrived for healthcare.  Sci-fi technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and cutting-edge imaging tools are already allowing providers to learn faster, decide better, and see more clearly into the intricacies of the human condition. And the tools with which providers deliver care aren’t the only things changing.  The country as a whole is altering its attitudes towards health, wellness, and the responsibility of the healthcare industry to deliver better results at more reasonable costs. The Silver Tsunami is putting strong pressure on payers, provide...