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Pharmacy Podcast Coverage: SXSW & HIMSS 2018

HIMSS 2018 – Recap by Todd S. Eury  Over 43,000+ people desended onto the Vegas Strip to attend the HIMSS […]

March 13, 2018 Community Pharmacy, Technology

HIMSS 2018 – Recap by Todd S. Eury 

Over 43,000+ people desended onto the Vegas Strip to attend the HIMSS 2018. HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader of health transformation through health information and technology with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health, healthcare and care outcomes.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • BlockChain Technology 
  • Precision Medicine 
  • New Healthcare Players, Amazon, Apple 

Quantitative Data Analysis – where there’s a systematic approach to investigations during which numerical data is collected and/or the researcher transforms what is collected or observed into numerical data. It often describes a situation or event, answering the ‘what’ and ‘how many’ questions you may have about something.

CONSUMER & PATIENT ENGAGEMENT Explore consumer- and provider-oriented tools, strategies, and technologies that engage patients and caregivers to manage a patient’s healthcare and become active partners with providers and other professionals in managing their care.

HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health information and technology, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

SXSW 2018 – Recap by Erin L. Albert, MBA, JD, PharmD

  1. New this year for virtual attendees: SXSW live streamed several, if not all their keynotes this year on Facebook. I watched Esther Perel (pronounced A-Stare Pa-rel), who’s talk was entitled, The Future of Love, Lust and Listening. Her new best-selling book is new called The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity also runs a podcast with couples therapy, and the 2nd season started during her time at SX.
    1. Join the SXSW Facebook page and you can watch keynotes for free.


  1. Also, new for me this year – the trade show. It was broken into several different categories. It had 2 stages (discovery and next stage), and then several exhibitor pavilions – health, international, social impact, and startup village.
    1. Really cool companies there – like – a company that’s like Fiverr or 99 Designs that works for nonprofits:
    2. Super smart cities were there for economic development. For example, Raleigh NC had a booth there, which featured small business owners who are awesome in Raleigh. Shout out to Videri Chocolate Factory, who was in the Raleigh booth.


  1. Also new this year: the SXSW Wellness Expo at the Palmer Events Center Exhibit hall as part of the trade show. You can check out some videos of it (including marijuana) over at Instagram. Ran the 10-th and 11th. The health and wellness information overall is included in SXSW Interactive – there’s also a SXSW Music, Film and EDU portion of the March festival.


  1. I was a mentor again this year under health and wellness. Had a lot of fascinating mentees, and we discussed a variety of topics – big data and analytics in healthcare, time management, career management/career portfolio management, and major career changes.


  1. First off – SX attracts multipationals and generalists of the creative types in healthcare. It’s really important to state that those who are attracted to SX tend to be renaissance people, and if you want to do multiple things with your career, YOU CAN, even if medicine and health care professionals want to bucket you into one category.
  2. The MSL gig came up a lot – I have a teachable course on this now. And a 57 jobs in pharmacy course.
  3. Generally, the mentors are all over the place on their careers and interests – so if you do attend SX in the future, sign up in advance for a mentoring session. Read their bios carefully and take advantage of this one on one time with them.


  1. Thank you to Dell for hosting a women funding women session. Although I couldn’t get to it with my compressed schedule, I appreciate that they had a session to help women entrepreneurs get funded with their businesses – as women entrepreneurs are grossly underfunded.
  2. Also, shout out to my friend Shwen Gwee – who ran a Health Spark 2018 Session march 11-12th for SXSW. He had topics from blockchain in health, to using chat bots, AI, machine learning, and digital wellness. I saw while I was there an interesting statistic during his “Barracuda Bowl” – where startups in health tech competed to win a cash prize – that by 2020, 85% of customer interactions will be managed through conversation WITHOUT a human!


  1. Also on the HIT front, talked to the Founder of CareSet – – which works with Medicare claims data to help companies guide drug launches. We’ll need to get Ashish on the show!


  1. Also had a bookstore and author sessions this year. Would LOVE to see more of this in the future! You can go and meet the authors too for autographs and pictures.


  1. Overall hot topics this year: AI, AR, blockchain, and SEO relative to video and most of all – digital voice technologies – for everything, including health.


  1. I attended a meetup on SEO – and all the talk was about video (and how to get video to show up high on SEO rankings) and digital voice technology SEO.
  2. SX live streamed a session in one of their pavilions with interactive AI pet dogs that learn the voice and behavior of those interacting with it.