December 12: Today on the Community channel, it’s an Interview in Action live from CHIME with Mike Luessi, GM Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Business at ServiceNow. As Bill mentions, to him ServiceNow could be considered one of the most misunderstood services in the industry. What is their full lineup of services and what are some examples of organizations using components from their platform to solve new challenges? Why should their platform be reused instead of relying on point solutions? How do they approach customers of their platform to figure out what needs to be addressed?
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All right. Here we are for another interview in action from the Chime fall forum, and we're here with Mike Lucy with ServiceNow. Right.
Nice to see everybody. I'm looking for this conversation. Bill.
I am as well. You're, what's your role with ServiceNow?
So I lead our industry solutions team globally.
So my team looks after payer provider, pharma, and med device, which is really an interesting role because while everybody thinks they're slightly. They have so many commonalities and they're all kind of looking for help, which is why I'm excited to be at Chime today because I think everybody here is one trying to figure out how do I keep doing the things that I'm doing and do it better?
And then where are the opportunities that transform my business? And that may sound easy, but we all know it's not.
And it's interesting cuz your platform is one of the ones I think that is the most misunderstood in the industry.
I, I agree.
Okay, you're gonna educate me. This is where we're gonna go. So I'm an old CIO 20 12, 20 13.
I think this is what you were in 20 12, 20 13. We were looking at you for itsm. Yeah.
Which many of our customers have used us for.
Is that where they start generally or,
yeah. there's a couple different places. I tend to bring it back to, what was ITSM Well, it's really service. management But in the use of it, functionality, tickets, assets, other things like that, what we've seen over, especially during the pandemic time period, is applying those principles to other areas can be equally impactful and it's actually necessary in the future.
So I bet if I said to you that we were the primary vaccination platform for Scotland Germany, Australia, a number of places in the United States, you'd probably. say What does that have to do with ITSM
No, but it's the components If I break down, ITSM it's the components and you just put the components back together.
It's workflow, it's ticketing or scheduling. It's, you just put the components back together to solve a different problem within the business.
All reuse. So if you, look and say front end portal chatbot knowledge. Or somebody may have had that already. Well, I now need to kick off these workflows.
What would the workflows be? Health assessment. I need to ask a patient a bunch of different questions, put them in the cohorts, and then kick off a workflow that goes around it. Where, for example, in Scotland those over the age of 80 that they didn't have a phone to necessarily interact with. So it was go and kick off a paper statement with the right information into it.
Allow them to call. in And get scheduled to the ones that were more technology kind of advanced and capable to. Now you can just walk in with your QR code, like you said, reusing all of those same components in different ways.
That's interesting. What, what other use cases? Because that was really fascinating to me.
And, and most are, you know, one of the most common things that I get in the last two years is I didn't know ServiceNow does all of these other things. I know that's, that's where I'm going. I, there's, yeah. And so what I love about this job is, and why I came to ServiceNow is workflow, I think is underpinning of what we all tend to do, right?
Like, we're at these places because we want to have the right impact. And we know that it's difficult to do that. And so as a. We've taken those concepts, we applied it. I saw that you had interviewed Craig Richville, or he may have interviewed you earlier. I think in the time
He's the only one who's ever interviewed me on the show.
Yeah. He, He turned the tables completely.
Yeah. And Craig's a customer of ours, he had some additional problems around onboarding of clinicians. And so how do you leverage workflow to take something that may take months, three to six months and bring it down to a handful? Lots of different steps, lots of interactions.
People were being requested for different pieces to streamline that entire process. And so again, taking workflow and what we've done over, I guess the last 18 years is apply that to the employee experience, the technology experience, customer experience. And then over the last three years, we've been applying that to more and more healthcare specific use cases.
So we talked about the vaccination programs, which is really, in my opinion, patient. How do you identify a patient and how do you register them for services and get them to the point of care to? We also helped with three of the covid vaccines that made it to market. They leveraged a lot of these same pieces for their clinical trials.
Again, same underlying concepts just being used in a different way. So, when I've had conversations over the last two days here, what I'm hearing from all of these executives is, wow, I'm struggling to do the tactical. and then people keep coming to me to do the strategic, I rationalize one app out and I have two more apps right behind it that people are asking me to use.
How do I build this agility layer in to essentially advance my business without kind of collapsing on all the day to day functions?
I'm gonna go in two directions with you. One is, we hear all the time, EHR first, right? Mm-hmm. either epic Meditech servers, like if we. Leverage the platform. You should.
So a lot of people have service now. Mm-hmm. is I assume the conversation with them is, did you know that you can fill in the blank. Is it a conversation where you sit down with them and go, Hey, just talk about your, just talk about your problems for 15 minutes and let us sit over here and just write some notes and then let's have a conversation.
It's some of that, and actually what many are looking for is, can you show me what others. Can you gimme examples? So you bring up the large EMRs, we look at the large EMRs and say they have a really important function and the people interacting with them are trying to do their jobs. And when they run into a problem, what do they do?
So, three years ago we run these user groups and we get great attendance around like Epic. We have 150 P customers that normally attend that user group call. One of the very first things that they asked us to help with, When a clinician runs into an issue, specifically in the emr, they need to get help.
ServiceNow. Could you help us figure out a way that they don't actually have to leave the EMR to get help? Okay. So we worked on that. We actually worked on it with a few of the different EMRs and we built an integrated help button for the clinician that they never leave their system. And now what we saw with that, and we have a lot of customers that have been using that.
With us is their ticket volumes go through the roof, and so you have to ask, well, like, is that the thing that you want? Well, in your previous role, that's totally what you want. Yeah. I was gonna say in your previous role, what do you think when all of a sudden the volumes go through the roof, what's causing that?
Yeah. I actually, my immediate thought is these are all the problems that we didn't know about that are festering underneath, and we have an employee satisfaction problem across the. And this is part of what contributes to it. And you need visibility.
You need visibility, right? And, and I, I think of this as for the people that are providing all the care, who's providing care, back to the people that are providing the care.
And that is, I think actually a big job of the individuals that are here is how do you support that work getting done? And how do you give a voice to the workers that don't always have a voice or when they do wanna raise their voice, make it so simple to. that everybody feels empowered and more time gets spent at bedside versus at the keyboard trying to fix a problem.
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So that's a significant number of healthcare providers who are sitting there going, look, we already have service now. How do we leverage it? I don't know what your market share is, but I assume it's not a hundred. And so there are still gonna be some health systems out there that aren't using Service Now, where does that, does that conversation still start at the IT shop or sometimes are you being brought in.
it depends. Most are using, like we have a very large footprint not only in the United States, all around the world. And so for those that know us in the historical spot, maybe in it like I t SM or something else around that, the ones where we find a lot of success and kind of sharing things that we've seen is where the CIO, CTO has partnered with somebody else in an organization, two in a box to say, let's tackle this problem. That's where all of a sudden the expansion of, where's the first place we should go? Well, can we reuse some of these other pieces to solve this problem?
And it becomes that I have a, an example outside the us so . In Norway , the southern part of Norway is called health, which is essentially the Southern Health Board. They have a problem, which is 8,000 surgery cancellations a year for elective surgeries. Wow. So if you have 8,000, you have a public healthcare system and you really don't want your citizens waiting.
when you say that to a cio, I immediately do a math problem in my head. Yes. And go. That's, that's a lot of, that's a lot of unused capacity.
Capacity, right? It's all capacity. And so they said, we need some help. What we would look for is how do we backfill, how do we fill up those 8,000 slots? Well, what's getting in the way of it?
As soon as somebody cancels, you need to map who's the next best person in line. What are the resources available to perform that next surgery?, the room, the assets, the in. And then come up with a way of suggesting here's the best match, and let the scheduler then go and do that job to match it out all to essentially say the backlog of elective surgeries waiting to happen.
How do I transform the experience for those individuals to say, you don't have to wait six months anymore. We're gonna get you in in two or three. In the US it's a utilization issue as well, which, Wow, that's a lot of capacity that could have been generating some additional revenue for the hospital that would help them continue on their mission because they have more
dollars coming in.this is how we ended up with,:
Mm-hmm. , as opposed to utilizing the platforms that you have. Right. This is where those user groups probably are invaluable to say, Hey, did you know that you could?
Absolutely. And that's where those user groups, we get so many of the best ideas from because we know that these are real issues going on with practical applic.
Into the environment and somebody that's saying I don't want to add yet another application in here. One of my conversations earlier , the individual said 700 applications every time they retire, one, somebody comes in with two more. Right? And I, I don't think that's unique to that individual, right?
Like, that's the, and, And so can you. I've been on both sides , on the building technology for the market and also buying technology for the market. And I know that at a certain point there was so much work to just manage everything that , we'd already bought that more and more that came in. We just got slower and slower.
And so how do you rationalize that portfolio? And every time the next use case comes in that you can identify and say, here's the best way to solve it. I'll give you another real example because I actually think it speaks. How do you bring the power to the individuals that are doing the jobs? Earlier in the year at one of our conferences, HCA presented with us where they had put together a team of nurses.
That team of nurses said, what are common issues that we're running into , at bedside? Were running into issues around spills, patient safety issues. Were running into challenges with like, something got dirty in the room. They don't have time to clean that. They're not gonna go get the paper towels or anything.
And in some cases they shouldn't be touching whatever has spill, right? It could be dangerous for them, right? So they gave the power to the nurses to say, what are your most common issues going? What experience would you want? And who needs to do that work for you? Boom, boom, boom. Click on that and it routes it to the right place.
And that's where I get really excited, which is, it may. Mundane. I call it pragmatic,
but that's what we're trying to address. It's interesting. So a lot of conversations with CIOs. Three things coming up. One is employee satisfaction, clinician burnout, those kinds of things. Second is financial challenges.
And the third is cyber. Right? And as I listened to this, I heard you address all three of 'em. One is application sprawl means larger attack surface, larger sector. Also means more licenses, all that other stuff. So we're, we're addressing costs, we're addressing this and we're addressing employee satisfaction because we're giving them solutions in their workflow.
We are. It's where they wanna live. It's where they, already live and it's where they want to operate. And so, , it's really interesting you could tell the difference between a a point solution and a platform, cuz a platform can be applied to a whole set of problems. Where a point solution generally goes, yeah, we're gonna, we're gonna help.
Well, and so I'll add to when you think about that idea of a platform going across all those areas. So one of the things that we believe the future will look like, especially for, individuals here representing these organizations is more care delivery will happen in the home.
And so if you think what it takes to make that happen, it's more devices in the delivery of care, more locations where care's being. People doing different roles than they that they've ever done before, and more quantity of people needing care. How do you connect the workflows of every one of those things together if you try to solve it with a different solution in each one of those?
And so one of the things that we had actually laid out on our roadmap three years ago was helping organizations with their clinical. So the service has now always been known for helping on the traditional assets. We've expanded now where we've built out a full end to end set of capabilities to manage the clinical assets.
So biomed, there's at least 15 names I can think of. Everybody's got a different name for it, but the whole idea is back to what you were saying is okay, who cares about those clinical assets more than anybody in the organization that's using them in delivery of care? Procurement, heavy capital I. Effort, and we know there's a ton of waste out there.
Two, the devices are broken or they can't be found because they're in different spots. So how do you make sure that they're readily available for the clinician that needs them? And then three, how do you make sure that the tax surface shrinks versus expands as you get more of these devices in different locations?
And so that idea of a platform to go across all. That's what we've been doing, right? Connect that asset with the clinician, with the patient, all in one experience. Don't try to add complication. Rather embrace what investments have been done and make those systems better, better than they were before. And then over time where it makes sense for the CIO to rationalize out something, give them a path to be more financially capable to do other things because they've taken out.
That's what's super critical.
Fantastic. Mike, I wanna thank you for your time.
Yeah, thank you Bill.
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