As a girl, Maria and her family traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to get cancer treatment for her sick brother. The miracle she observed, as the healthcare providers saved her brother’s life, ignited a passion for healthcare. Unfortunately, that passion didn’t apply to blood, so she went into electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, eventually falling in love with networking and data. Now Maria Lensing, Vice President of AT&T Healthcare Solutions, is in the perfect position for pursuing her dual passions of healthcare and advanced technology.  Maria’s interview with Dez Blanchfield started with this story as they talked AT&T healthcare solutions just ahead of HIMSS 2019 in Orlando Florida. HIMSS 2019 is the annual convention hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. This American not-for-profit organization dedicates itself to improving health care quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through the best use of information technology and management systems. Listening to Maria, her primary goal, when working with AT&T’s healthcare industry clients is helping them:·         Deal with the growth, aggregation, consumption, and distribution of data;·         Manage devices of the Medical Internet of Things ecosystem, that use data (i.e., Fitbit, health sensors, medical instruments);·         Self-define the healthcare provider engagement model (How do I engage my patients? How do I engage my doctors? How do I engage my payers? How do we prepare for the future?); and·         Maintain security and privacy across all of these connections.During the engaging and far-ranging discussion, the pair talked about how healthcare spending has grown significantly in the United States, most of which from private investors. That private investment is allowing for more innovation. While on the bright side, this innovation is driving longer lifespans, a dichotomy also exists. As people are living longer, we now have seniors that are suffering multiple chronic diseases: not diabetes or arthritis for instance,

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