Friday Jun 17, 2016

Great content, venue and attendees at HIUG Interact 2016 conference

The Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) provided another successful conference this year by hosting Interact 2016.  This week’s conference was held at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio Texas.  There were over 600 attendees, of those 183 were attending for the very first time and 5 individuals traveled internationally just to attend this conference.  In total there were 183 sessions given along with 46 participating vendors where attendees could obtain additional information and knowledge. 

There were three very insightful keynotes given.  The first was April Hurless [HIUG Board Member: BI Pillar; AHS BI Architect - Adventist Health System] and Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  In this keynote April Hurless talked about changing your perception and accepting change.  She was very creative in her approach using a banana split analogy.  She brought back memories for several of us when talking about Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and how they had the best banana splits and it was always the place you wanted to go (especially on your birthday).   The second half of the keynote was given by Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  Wendy used a clever approach to help us understand the value of using PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).  She compared the game Tetris to the benefits of PUM.  It was very entertaining and informative session and she wrapped it up with the staggering statistics showing the 70% savings to her company just by embracing the PUM methodology.

The second keynote was all about the Affordable Care Act given by Joel Hinzman [Oracle Senior Director – Government Affairs] and Joel White [Executive Director - Health IT Now Coaltion].  The Affordable Care Act is a very hot topic, not only for the health care industry but all businesses alike.  This was a fascinating (yet a bit unsettling) inside Washington look at the Affordable Care Act and what future changes may be coming our way. 

The final keynote was given by Rod Johnson [GVP - North America ERP, EPM & SCM Apps Sales & Global Cloud - Oracle] and Marc Weintraub [Oracle – Senior Director for PeopleSoft].  Rod and Marc’s message was that regardless if you go to the HCM Cloud or stay on the PeopleSoft application, Oracle has your technology needs covered.  Some of the key takeaways from this session are:

  1. Oracle is totally committed to PeopleSoft, with support until AT LEAST 2027 and continued investment in new capabilities.
  2. While the macro trend shows movement towards cloud applications there are significant opportunities for PeopleSoft customers on their journey towards cloud applications.
  3. Customers can, and should, take advantage of today’s PeopleSoft offering, including:
    • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is here to stay, this IS the user experience for PeopleSoft
    • Embedded, actionable analytics
    • Feature/function capabilities using WorkCenters and guided business processes leveraging Activity Guides
  4. Customers have a tremendous opportunity to change how they consume new PeopleSoft capabilities by executing on a PeopleSoft Selective Adoption strategy.
  5. Tremendous cost savings and business value of moving their PeopleSoft applications to the Oracle Cloud (IaaS and PaaS).


The Affordable Care Act took center stage as the number one topic for HCM at this year’s conference.  There were at least 5 sessions fully dedicated to this topic including one given by Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director].  The attendees in the ACA session represented PeopleSoft Release 9.2 and 9.1 customers using the delivered ACA functionality as well as customers using a third party software (many looking to switch over to the PeopleSoft ACA solution for the next reporting year).   These were all great collaborative sessions sharing success stories along with tips and tricks that can be utilized in the future.

The PeopleSoft team is always excited to show off our newly delivered and planned functionality.  Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director] and Jeremy Pelley [Oracle – Product Management Director] presented four PeopleSoft sessions between the two of them.  We reviewed how managers are in control of employee changes using Guided Self-Service.  We showed how Time and Labor Auto Enrollment will automatically enroll employees in T&L, assign a schedule, and assign user preferences for new hires and job changes.  We revealed that Payroll has delivered a new mobile paycheck that allows the employees to view the details at a glance with the ability to drill down to obtain more details. We also disclosed that the Recruiting Solutions product has a new improved attachment process.  We also reviewed functionality that crossed products such as the new Simplified Analytics which allows the user to create their own Analytic on-the-fly using Self Service.  This is just to name a few things that were covered.   Customers also got a live demo of functionality not yet released.

Kudos to the HIUG board for providing a great conference. Thank you to all our customers for the feedback you provided us during this week.    Your feedback is important to us to ensure that we build the best product possible. A special thanks to Texas Health Resources, University Health System San Antonio, University of Florida Health, Baylor Scott and White Health, Cape Cod Healthcare, and Main Line Health for sharing their lunch hour or other free time to meet with Oracle representatives.   Anyone interested in participating in a focus group please feel free to reach out to Kristen.Emery@Oracle.com or jeremy.pelley@oracle.com.


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Friday Jun 29, 2012

Highlights From Interact '12 - Healthcare Industry User Group

Last week the Oracle team traveled to Orlando for the 18th annual Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) conference, Interact '12.   HIUG has over 3,000 members representing 180 organizations.  While we now know the result on the SCOTUS ruling yesterday, the consensus at the conference last week was summed up well in the welcome note from HIUG President, Chris Ryzewski:    "Regardless of the legal ruling on this administration's  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act we will undoubtedly be called upon to further reduce costs and be more efficient in every aspect of our business processes."    Well put!  

Attendance exceeded previous years with several hundred attendees, over 100 sessions, and a trade show that numbered 40 booths.    Most of the HIUG members use PeopleSoft applications and they tend to be full suite customers who use PeopleSoft broadly from HCM to Financials and Supply Chain. For many customers who have licensed PeopleSoft in the last year, it was their first experience with a very strong and collaborative user group.   I had dinner with a provider who is rolling out PeopleSoft HCM and ERP to a nationwide system of forty hospitals.  A key driver for this organization and others is how to leverage PeopleSoft applications to meet the cost reduction goals mentioned above.  

In the area of procurement, the topic of Supplier Contract Management attracted a lot of attention.  Contract pricing and adherence to contracts throughout the procure to pay life cycle are key to meeting cost containment objectives.  Customers were excited to see the new faceted search capabilities and usability of  the upcoming PeopleSoft eProcurement release.     The new Work Center concept was discussed in several areas including the Cost Reconciliation Work Center and the Supply Demand Work Center which enables healthcare specific functions around PAR counts and related replenishment activities.  The latest Feature Pack of HCM 9.1 was demonstrated with the Talent Summary and Manager Dashboard.   Customers were excited to see the major advances in self service available today.    The Grants Special Interest Group focused quite a bit on the usage of PeopleSoft's Project Costing "Funds Distribution" feature, which can be used to manage capital projects funded by multiple agencies and sources.  Along with the latest release of the Mobile Inventory solution that several hospitals have now implemented, a preview of new mobile applications for expenses and approvals drew a lot of attention.  

The PeopleSoft focus on assisting these companies in their goals to contain costs and create new efficiencies continues forward.   We look foward to Interact '13!     





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