The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society had their annual conference last week, affectionately known as HIMSS. Common Courtesy had the wonderful opportunity to attend through our new Operations and Social Media Intern, Amy McGaughey.
The theme of the conference was being a champion of healthcare, with a vision of fulfilling the healthcare potential to the point of building a world where all have access to the health and wellness ecosystem. Amy found this particularly interesting from the view of working for Common Courtesy. In her own words,
“This is so clearly what Common Courtesy is about. We are dedicated to bridging that transportation gap that separates so many from proper healthcare. We arrange the rides to doctor’s appointments, to physical therapy, to the pharmacy to fill prescriptions. Yet more than that, we support the emotional and physical health of our riders through our ability to connect them to the community. So many of our riders use us as a way to get groceries, go to the hairdresser, visit family, and visit their local senior centers to take classes and interact with their friends. That is what I’m proudest of about Common Courtesy. We don’t view health solely as a visit to the doctor and a bottle of medication. We see the importance of a well-rounded and high-quality life and do everything we can to make that more accessible to our riders.”
At HIMSS, Amy was able to sit in on several healthcare talks. She found each had its own interesting topic and rewards, from a discussion of Telemedicine, the use of technology to facilitate access to healthcare even in remote and rural areas where providers and specialists are not available, to a panel on the use of everyday technology such as smartphones changing clinical communication. The logistics of healthcare are changing, and Common Courtesy is thrilled to be a part of the changes. Along with panels and talks, Amy also got the chance to interact with our contacts at both Uber and Lyft at their separate booths.
Overall, we feel that our presence at the HIMSS Conference was a success! Through Amy, we learned a lot and are excited to put that information to work for Common Courtesy this year.