HIMSS 2022: Veteran Healthcare Takes Center Stage at Global Health Information Technology Conference

VA is constantly improving ways to improve care for veterans. An important part of this growth is engaging directly with the wider healthcare community to share ideas, innovations and best practices. With that in mind, VA employees attended the HIMSS Global Health 2022 Conference and Expo, or HIMSS22, held on March 15, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orange County, Florida.

Team members from the Simulation Learning, Evaluation, Assessment and Research Network (SimLEARN), Emerging Healthcare Technology Integration (EHTI), and other organizations within the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL) attended HIMSS22 to expose veterans as well as current and potential collaborators to the innovative initiatives taking place at the VHA.

During the conference, SimLEARN had the opportunity to discover more than 1,000 exhibiting companies that showcased innovative technology products and services, and educate attendees on EHTI capabilities.

“The HIMSS22 conference was an opportunity to build stronger relationships and a more stable footprint with its VA and current or potential industry partners, and to demonstrate the growing value of SimLEARN and other VA programs, including the Center for Care and Payment Innovation (CCPI) and Pathfinder, to deliver to veterans, providers and the healthcare industry as a whole,” said Brian Stevenson, Associate Director, EHTI.

SimLEARN Executive Director Eric Bruns also added his perspective for a panel discussion on how the innovative work being done at VA is changing the lives of veterans. He and other leaders shared how VA innovators are optimizing clinical outcomes for all veterans, reducing the cost of healthcare, leveraging information and technology, creating a culture of innovation, and changing innovation and learning in veterans’ health care.

SimLEARN amplifies results, reinvents learning, transforms simulation and improves veteran health. Collaboration and relationship building have been instrumental in SimLEARN and VA’s ability to improve veteran care. Connecting with internal and external collaborators enables SimLEARN to create even stronger training tools and techniques to train Veterans Health Administration clinicians. Through events like HIMSS, SimLEARN will continue its efforts to advance healthcare learning to improve Veteran care and well-being.

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