HIMSS 2016: Big Show, Big Problems, Big Opportunities

The HIMSS 2016 healthcare tradeshow that took place last week in Las Vegas is simply massive. With more than 1,300 exhibitors, 26,000 attendees and huge booths (some of which look more like small cities), this is the place to be for healthcare IT.

Avaya was fortunate to have a significant customer speaking slot at the show: Eric Miller of Ascension (the third-largest nonprofit healthcare system in the U.S.) and Avaya Chief Networking Architect Paul Unbehagen took center stage in a packed, 700-seat auditorium to speak about the “Internet of Things” in healthcare.

Eric shared his journey of getting his arms around securing thousands of medical devices without crushing his IT staff. He shared how he was able to realize a 30 percent savings in capital replacement costs and a 60 percent reduction in maintenance costs by implementing Avaya networking.

Unbehagen introduced a new solution called Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare that automates much of the on-boarding, flow management, and inventory tracking of medical devices. New to the market, the solution comprises a new, pocket-sized appliance called an Open Networking Adapter, an SDN controller and an Avaya fabric network, which is planned to run on an optional basis in later releases.

Many of the panel’s attendees took the opportunity to speak with Eric and Paul after their presentation and at the Avaya booth. Booth visitors got hands-on demonstrations of on-boarding an infusion pump, moving it from location to location without losing its network segment, and managing inventory and flow screens.  Also featured were Mobile Care Team Coordination, Remote Care Team and Patient Consultation.

“Many Avaya healthcare customers do not realize the power that they have in their current communication solution,” said Michael Wallace, Avaya Sales Engineer, who spoke to customers inside the Avaya booth. “When we start to show them how they use their Avaya solutions in the same ways that non-healthcare companies do to improve customer experience and increase loyalty, they start to get really excited.”

Thanks to everyone who attended the presentation and visited us inside our booth at HIMSS 2016. Next stop: Enterprise Connect, which starts this week in Orlando.

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