18 April 2023 – The Philippines participated in the 2023 Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Health Conference through a high-level contingent during the Opening Keynote Session and a Philippine pavilion at the exhibit hall of the McCormick Place in Chicago.
The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, led by Consul General J. Susana V. Paez, and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in New York, under the supervision of Trade Commissioner Benedict M. Uy, joined a 35-person delegation led by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Tereso O. Panga, and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Director Emmylou Versoza-Delfin at the Opening Keynote of the conference, which was attended by more than a thousand participants.
The delegation, which was also comprised of 3 industry associations (through IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) CEO Jack Madrid, Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP) President Vincent Remo, and Contact Center Association of the Philippines Board Member Butch Valenzuela) and 14 enterprises, also opened the Philippine pavilion at the exhibition hall of McCormick Place, which is America’s largest convention center.
With the theme “Health that Connects + Tech that Cares,” the global conference is anticipated to surpass the attendance last year of 29,000. The opening keynote discussed responsible artificial intelligence, and prioritized patient safety, privacy, and ethical considerations. It was moderated by HIMSS Board Chair and Mayo Clinic CIO Christopher Ross. The discussants were Lovelace AI CEO Andrew Moore, Centre for Trustworthy Technology CEO Kay Firth-Butterfield, Microsoft Vice President for Research and Incubation Peter Lee, and Virtue CEO Reid Blackman.
HIMSS CEO Harold Wolf also shared that the society now has 120,000 members, and that more than 80 countries were represented in the global conference. World Health Organization Regional Health Director for Europe Dr. Hans Kluge also announced a recent collaboration between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) and the United States Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen global health systems and attain health equity in a post-pandemic context.
The Philippine pavilion, which is being showcased at the exhibit hall from 18 to 21 April 2023, seeks to raise further awareness on the growing healthcare information management sector in the country, and to cater to the specific needs of organizations attending the conference. IT-business process management exports from the Philippines have reached $32 billion in 2022, and is shifting to higher value services buttressed by a creative English-speaking talent pool, large number of health, legal and accounting professionals, strong government support and fiscal incentives, and continuous investments in digital infrastructure and digital cities. END