BREAKING! #HIMSS20 has been canceled for the first time in 58 years over concerns about the novel #coronavirus outbreak. However, our planned 12-hours of Health Systems Chat in Social VR events will occur as scheduled. We've added a special coronavirus & informatics content cluster! Health Systems Chat in Social VR returns to the premier health IT conference, HIMSS20, for the 3rd year in a row! Please come network with other health IT professionals in cool shared virtual reality worlds.
By the way, if you know me outside of social VR, perhaps following me on Twitter (at @wareFLO) you know I've been an evangelist for great healthcare workflow and workflow technology for literally decades. In fact, I have a degree in workflow, originally called industrial engineering, now often called systems engineering.
I will argue that healthcare's next big workflow challenge is sustainability. Workflow is any series of tasks, consuming resources, achieving goals. "Consuming resources" is core to every model of sustainability. Recently healthcare (finally) became the largest industry in the world's largest economy. Healthcare employs more people than manufacturing, retail, real estate, or transportation. Study after study has shown as much as a third of healthcare's four trillion dollar economy is waste. Our current healthcare system is unsustainable. Burnout is unsustainable. (Workflow can help!) Our debris is vast. (Workflow can help!) Healthcare contributes considerably to climate change. Our carbon footprint is massive. (And, yes, workflow can help here too!)
As a result, if healthcare (and, by extension, health IT) can fix itself, it can be an incredibly important part of the solution to our sustainability and climate crises.
Look for an extensive reading list here soon!
PS Coincidentally, the top annual event management conference occurs in Las Vegas during HIMSS20: The Special Event + Catersource. And it includes sessions on both virtual reality and sustainability!