Go Mobile, Go Virtual or Go Home! – HIMSS Europe

I had the opportunity to visit Denmark once again – this time I was there for the 2012 World Health IT Conference and HIMSS Europe.  The wonderful city of Copenhagen hosted VMworld Europe in 2010 and 2011.  It was great to be back!  It turns out that I must have some Danish/Nordic blood in me as there is an ancient area called the NYDAM-Bog where they recovered some really remarkable artifacts.  They actually excavated an ancient wooden ship built around 300 AD The Nydam Boat. Anyways…

This was the first time VMware attended HIMSS Europe – we were invited by our friends at Intel Health.  Although not quite the scale of the perennial and supersized US event, HIMSS EMEA was a great opportunity to demonstrate some of VMware’s mobility solutions including Horizon Mobile and VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care.   Mobility and collaboration were dominant themes in the Intel pavilion and throughout the show floor.  The ability to harness the growing ubiquity and power of mobile devices tied into emerging social/collaborative care networks will enable care to be delivered practically anywhere.   eWaveMD that leverages a rugged-ized mobile device and enables care to be delivered in extremely rural and poor areas of the world.   The device is best described as mobile rural care “office. ” It can also provide EKG, blood pressure, electronic stethoscope, skin/wound camera and more.  The device relays this information back to a cloud based Virtual Consultation Platform where diagnosis and care treatments can be prescribed.  It’s a very cool technology that helps people who need it the most.


Intel sponsored several panel discussions including one that I participated in called “Go Mobile, Go Virtual or Go Home.”   The session was moderated by Intel’s Healthcare Director for Europe and alongside me was Joan Harkin Intel’s WW Healthcare Marketing Director (and I might add a former RN and nurse practitioner!) and Marianne Slight, VP of Product Management at Imprivata.


We had a very interesting discussion along with great participation from the audience about how IT and technology can sometimes get “in the way” of a nurse or physician practicing medicine.  For example, when the caregiver needs to be constantly context switching between the patient and clumsy technology quality patient care can suffer.  Making the technology truly transparent and properly integrated into their workflow will provide better results, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.


While at the Intel pavilion, I was extremely pleased to see both the customer and industry interest in our Horizon Mobile and AlwaysOn Point of Care (APOC) solution demonstrations.


VMware is excited to be able to leverage virtualization and the Cloud to help improve care delivery.  Although I believe we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what’s possible.  Horizon Mobile will enable physicians to securely access patient data and care systems from their smartphones while protecting the hospital from costly, brand damaging data breaches.



While VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care solves “the last mile” of client/server EMR-CPOE delivery we need to start looking beyond delivery of a Windows-only runtime environment.  Healthcare will quickly accelerate the consumption of more and more SaaS based applications and services.   These applications and services will be much more browser and platform agnostic and will not require the cost and complexity of a traditional managed Windows Healthcare desktop environment. Caregivers as well as their patients will begin to demand more social and secure collaboration tools leveraging social networks.  They will require their data to be synchronized across devices.  Finally, the parade of new and innovative devices caregivers are demanding will not cease. They will expect and demand a more consumer-like experience.  This next generation clinical workspace will be designed for the caregiver and should enable them to practice their craft not their IT skills.


If any of you were at the Copenhagen-based IT healthcare conferences as well, please share your feedback. What did you see that excited you? What did you think was missing?


Stay tuned for my next blog about the journey to the next-generation clinical workspace.  Here’s a photo preview: