14 Feb 2017

Part 1: HIMSS 2017 – Vital Presents Both Man and Machine at This Year’s Event

Paul Markham, PhD, Vice President Global Marketing at Vital Images, Inc.

Introducing new products and several health IT visionaries: John Halamka, MD, MS; Bill Spooner; and David Mendelson, MD, for special sessions.

Vital is excited about our presence at HIMSS 2017. Not only are we unveiling new products as a newly merged company with Karos Health, but also we are hosting several special events that will serve to refresh and enlighten you. We have invited several true health IT visionaries to share their knowledge and experience at our exhibit (#3969).

See the events below and mark your calendars now for these truly exceptional opportunities!


Monday, February 20
‘The Way of Tea’ with John Halamka, MD, MS | Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
3:00 – 4:00 PM | Theater, Vital Booth 3969

Why you should attend:
The number of things to see, do, and learn at HIMSS is overwhelming. Take a break from the chaos in our serene Tatami Room and experience a moment of peace while learning about The Way of Tea with John Halamka, MD, MS. After the tea ceremony, Dr. Halamka will speak in detail about his practices with healthcare IT and the Japanese culture.

More information: The Japanese tea ceremony, commonly called chanoyu or ‘The Way of Tea,’ is a peaceful tradition that is performed with elegance and beauty, and requires a series of precise hand movements and graceful choreography. It is a ritual that represents mindfulness, harmony, tranquility and respect.

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN); Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee; a full Professor at Harvard Medical School; and a practicing Emergency Physician.


Tuesday, February 21
Modular Imaging: Interoperability Best Practices with Bill Spooner | Retired CIO, Sharp HealthCare
2:30 – 3:30 PM | Theater, Vital Booth 3969

Why you should attend:
If you’re not sure about how to implement a modular imaging enterprise solution, or you just want to learn more about best practices surrounding modular enterprise imaging and interoperability – this event is for you. Bill Spooner led an aggressive IT effort at Sharp HealthCare that put their system on the Health Networks Healthcare’s Most Wired™ list for 13 of its first 15 years and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise surrounding health IT practices. Bring your questions with you to this engaging session.

More information: William A. Spooner has nearly 40 years of healthcare experience, having recently retired after 18 years as CIO of San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare. He now serves as advisor to healthcare systems and vendor firms on strategy, innovation, and performance improvement. He is particularly interested in emerging payment models and analytics.


Wednesday, February 22
Research VNA: Accessing Clinical Data while Preserving Patient Confidentiality with David Mendelson, MD | Senior Associate Clinical Informatics – Vice Chair Radiology IT, Mount Sinai Health System, Professor of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2:30 – 400 PM | Theater, Vital Booth 3969

Why you should attend:
Often, we hear from customers about their struggles with integrating data from multiple facilities, accessing images across multiple PACS, and attributing meaningful use to their existing IT investments. Have you experienced those same frustrations? Do you have a broader imaging strategy that includes integrating your EMR with a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA?) If so, we encourage you to attend this afternoon event.

Dr. Mendelson brings with him years of experience from Mount Sinai and in health IT, and will discuss his most recent VNA project concerning accessing data while preserving confidentiality at the same time. Bring your questions and experiences for further group or individual discussion.

More information: David S. Mendelson, MD, FACR, is a Senior Clinical Informatics Associate and Vice Chair Radiology IT of Mount Sinai Health System. He is also a Professor of Radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Co-Chair of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Committee.

In addition to recognizing our Japanese heritage by bringing calm to the chaos with a traditional tea ceremony, we will have a daily draw for Japanese sake sets. Multiple entries will be provided to those taking part in any of the following: participating in a demo, attending an event, and engaging in the social media campaign to be launched at the show.

Vital has a lot going on at HIMSS this year and we are excited for it to begin. We hope to see you there!

To register for any of the booth events, please look here: https://www.vitalimages.com/himss-2017/