Google Cloud Expands Developer Innovation Lab at HIMSS19

Cloud. Artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning. So many new technologies. So little time.

There’s a lot going on in digital health – and a lot that’s not widely understood. The HIMSS19 Developer Innovation Lab brings it all together in a three-day hands-on experience aimed primarily at healthcare IT managers, directors and developers looking for a deeper dive.

Sponsored by Google Cloud, the first developer innovation lab at HIMSS18 Global Conference and Exhibition was a massive hit – so this event will be even bigger and better at HIMSS19, held Feb. 11-15, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

“The Developer Lab is a unique forum,” says Aashima Gupta, Director of Global Healthcare Solutions for Google Cloud and recent 2019 HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award recipient. “It crosses the ecosystem with different stakeholders sharing their perspectives.”

Hunger for learning

“When it comes to fostering innovation in healthcare, we need to give the healthcare IT community tactical, strategic examples of what’s happening,” says Gupta. “New technologies are completely changing the landscape.

“The Developer Innovation Lab’s aim is to provide an informal way to exchange ideas, share expertise and provide relevant resources – including a thought leadership panel with industry experts, AI workshops, and nerding it out with engineering teams during coffee and code sessions.”

The Developer Innovation Lab is designed for any attendee looking to learn from and connect with leading experts, data scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators who provide hands-on workshops showing what’s behind the technology.

Gupta explains that the Developer Lab isn’t focused solely on Google Cloud but more broadly on what technology is available today. Key topics include interoperability, cloud healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs), AI and machine learning, which will be demonstrated in presentations featuring experts speaking to important aspects of these topics, including regulations, leveraging open data and more.


Developer Innovation Lab sessions include:

  • State of the API Industry: Opening Thought Leadership Panel

Facilitated by Aashima Gupta, Google Cloud and Steve Wretling, HIMSS Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Healthcare company leaders provide perspectives on building ecosystem capabilities such as enabling developers and partners, connecting apps, data, and devices, and new business models – with APIs being key building blocks for most of these initiatives.


  • Where's the Data, Leveraging Open Data

Speaker: Mona Siddiqui, Chief Data Officer, US Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies collect a vast array of data to better understand the health of the nation. So far, HHS has enabled public release of more than 1,500 data sets. This session explores what data is available to do research, develop applications, and create new products to improve health.


  • Building a Healthier Future with Machine Learning and the Cloud

Speaker: Ilia Tulchinsky, Engineering Director at Google, Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences

A truly connected, more efficient and effective healthcare system is possible, and the technology is available. Learn about Google Cloud Healthcare's vision & tools available today.


  • Panel Discussion: Scalable and Accurate Deep Learning for EHRs

Participants: Eyal Oren, Product Manager at Google and Aashima Gupta, Google Cloud

Predictive modeling with electronic health record (EHR) data is expected to drive personalized medicine and improve healthcare quality. Learn about recent developments in deep learning and how artificial neural networks can help us address many of today's challenges.


Google Cloud & HIMSS bring digital health ecosystem together

Gupta believes the Google Cloud partnership with HIMSS is critical to bringing together a vast community with the potential to improve an industry that impacts everyone. The lab provides a venue for listening and gathering a creative community of healthcare innovators and developers - all under one roof.

“At Google Cloud, our mission is to empower the enterprise developers. With the Developer Innovation Lab, we want to build awareness and meet the industry where they are,” observes Gupta. “For example, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding and hype about machine learning, so it’s left to the healthcare IT workforce to decipher.”

A wide range of attendees are sure to find helpful tools and technologies, from those coming in as “I-am-just-getting-started-with-AI” to others asking, “How do I train high-quality custom machine learning models with minimum effort and expertise?”

Gupta promises some new innovations from Google Cloud as well – with an inside look at how the company is pushing the boundary on AI, machine learning, and interoperability. Last year’s Developer Lab was standing room only – so the space has been expanded as part of Innovation Live at HIMSS19.

“There’s a hunger for learning about technologies that are available,” says Gupta. “People are seeing the Developer Innovation Lab is worth their time. They’re learning about new technology, leadership, and how providers are using the technology – all in one event.”

Visit the Developer Innovation Lab, part of Innovation Live at HIMSS19.