A guide to precision medicine sessions at HIMSS18

Highlights about the challenges and opportunities of precision medicine at this year’s health IT conference.
By Jack McCarthy
04:06 PM

Precision medicine is much more than a far-off future of gene editing and personalized regimens. At HIMSS18, in fact, real success stories will be shared, alongside advice for overcoming obstacles of the technological, regulatory and cultural sort.

With a number of educational sessions and a Monday symposium planned, here’s our roundup of precision medicine at HIMSS18:

Precision Medicine Symposium: Journey to the Summit Using Clinical and Business Intelligence.

This Monday event kicks off at 8:15 a.m. with a keynote investigating the drivers of precision medicine, a systematic look at the foundational elements of successful precision medicine, an overview of technology and regulatory matters. That will set the stage for a daylong with a range of expert speakers from leading hospitals, including Partners Healthcare, Northwestern University, Swedish Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System, to name just a few.

Other speakers will look at tools required to prepare for the journey, blazing the precision medicine trail with data interoperability, steps along that trail, improving population health one patient at a time, ethics in precision medicine.

The closing keynote will address this question: The arrival of precision medicine to routine care is imminent but how do we get there?

This session is part of a special program called Precision Medicine Symposium: Journey to the Summit Using Clinical and Business Intelligence. Extra fees and separate registration are required.
When: 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. March 5
Where: Venetian Marcello 4405

Meeting the Challenges of Precision Medicine - Enhancing Innovation and Mitigating Risks

The session description calls this a “multi-disciplinary panel of medical, research, and legal experts and entrepreneurs,” who will share insights about challenges unique to precision medicine, discuss innovations, risk and liability and provide a roadmap to address these. Experts will also talk about matching artificial intelligence to precision medicine environments.
Speaker(s): To be announced.
When: 9:30-11 a.m. March 6
Where: Bellini 2005 & 2006

Precision Analytics to Fight Infectious Diseases

With nearly half of hospitalized patients prescribed at least one antibiotic and as much as 50 percent of those considered not to be optimal treatment plans, Penn Medicine is partnering with ILUM Health Solutions to use precision analytics. ILUM’s Chief Medical Office and Vice President of Product will discuss the work, involving decision support in the clinician workflow to help ensure patients get the right antibiotic, if they need one.
Speakers: Brandon Palermo, Chief Medical Officer, ILUM Health Solutions; Jimish Mehta, Vice President of Product, ILUM Health Solutions
When: 3:30-3:50 p.m. March 6
Where: Venetian Casanova 

Precision Medicine: Separating Hype from Reality

Consider some of the challenges precision medicine work faces: overstated claims, resistance among clinical medicine thought leaders and providers, and concerns about costs, data overload, and interoperability. Speakers John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Paul Cerrato, a Contributing Writer at Medscape, will address and offer advice about determining the value and limitations of precision medicine work.
Speakers: John Halamka, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess System; Paul Cerrato, Contributing Writer, Medscape
When: 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 7
Where: Venetian Galileo 901

Applying Genomic Intelligence and Decision Support at the Point of Care

Experts will outline the obstacles to implement genomics within an EHR, describe the benefits of integrating precision medicine into clinicians workflow, and discuss how genomic decision support can help providers improve outcomes among behavioral health, cardiology, infectious disease, and pediatric patients.
Speakers: Wade Schultz, Senior Solution Architect, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Andrew Ury, CEO, ActX
When: 10-11 a.m. March 7
Where: Venetian Galileo 901

Genomics Nursing and the EHR

Precision medicine is about more than just doctors and patients. Count nurses in the mix, too. In this session, attendees with learn how the NIH developed functionality to integrate genomic data into daily nursing routines based on surveys and, in so doing, determined a lot about nurses practices, receptivity, competency and attitudes when it comes to using genomics in nursing practice. 
Speakers: Michelle Lardner, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Clinical Research Informatics, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center;  Gwenyth Wallen, Deputy Chief Nurse Officer, Research and Practice Development, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center
When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 7
Where: Venetian Galileo 901

Tough Girl on the Net - Connected Health: A Patient Narrative

A woman living with Lupus and another who works as a health IT consultant will jointly discuss a patient’s relationship to health data and explore a narrative that spans care in at least three states, not to mention multiple settings, wherein precision medicine is a part of the journey. They will discuss how a patient narrative can uncover gaps in care as well as how connected health can yield critical insights that may not otherwise be apparent.
Speakers: Amanda Greene, Patient Advocate, LALupusLady.net; M. Maxwell Stroud, Senior Staff, Galen Healthcare
When: 1-2 p.m. March 7
Where: Venetian Palazzo K

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