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HIMSS 2016 conference coverage and analysis

SearchHealthIT will have two reporters in attendance at the HIMSS 2016 conference. This guide will contain news and expert opinions recorded during their time at this year's HIMSS gathering.

Introduction

This year's edition of the annual conference and exhibition hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will happen on Feb. 29 through March 4, 2016, in Las Vegas. Two SearchHealthIT reporters will attend the event, sit in on educational sessions and interview a variety of industry experts on the state of the health IT industry.

Some of the topics that figure to be discussed at HIMSS 2016 include the future of the meaningful use program, audits on HIPAA covered entities and business associates, and how to promote the advancement of interoperability among health IT vendors' systems. Using technology to improve population health management and strengthen the cybersecurity of sensitive information -- such as patients' protected health information -- stored by healthcare providers are two other topics that are poised to come up during the event.

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell, will both deliver keynote speeches at the HIMSS 2016 conference. In addition, more than 1,300 vendors are scheduled to present and demonstrate their products on the HIMSS 2016 exhibition floor. Refer to this guide page before, during and after HIMSS 2016 to stay informed of the latest developments related to this major health IT conference.

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HIMSS 2016 coverage

More than 40,000 healthcare professionals and vendor representatives are projected to attend the HIMSS 2016 conference. There will also be more than 300 educational sessions and panels spread out over the course of the annual meeting. This guide section will be updated throughout HIMSS 2016 with breaking news as it develops, complete with the opinions of trained healthcare professionals.

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A hospital CIO on the importance of cybersecurity

Protecting patient data isn't only about the security of a healthcare organization, it is also necessary for keeping patients' trust. Continue Reading

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A hospital CTO on why his organization works with Citrix

One of Sean Updegrove's duties as chief technology officer of Children's Hospital Los Angeles is to make sure his physicians get their patients' health data safely and conveniently regardless of where they are. Watch this video to learn how Citrix helps him accomplish that. Continue Reading

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ONC continues campaign against information blocking

Andy Gettinger, M.D., ONC chief medical information officer, said that information blocking must be stopped for the sake of patient care. Continue Reading

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Network monitoring essential in healthcare settings

David Higginson, CIO at Phoenix Children's Hospital, described the importance of network monitoring in hospitals while he attended HIMSS 2016. Continue Reading

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USBs a 'nightmare' for one hospital CIO

A hospital CIO explains how to combat the vulnerabilities that USBs present when used in healthcare organizations. Continue Reading

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Cybersecurity expert talks HIPAA audits, cloud safety

Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of health data security and privacy consulting firm CynergisTek, Inc., offered a possible explanation for why HIPAA audits have yet to begin. Continue Reading

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SearchHealthIT's HIT Squad targets HIMSS 2016

Two SearchHealthIT reporters teamed up to tour many booths at HIMSS 2016 and recorded their experience in podcast form. Take a listen to hear what they uncovered about interoperability, health information management and more. Continue Reading

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Health IT made with patients in mind big at HIMSS 2016

Customer relationship management and other health IT products designed to improve the patient experience had a significant presence at this year's HIMSS conference. Continue Reading

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Value of data analytics lessened without interoperability

Andrew Rosenberg, M.D., interim CIO at the University of Michigan Health System, believes analytics can open up conversations and data exchange between providers. Continue Reading

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Secretary of HHS speaks out against information blocking

Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, asserted that information blocking in healthcare must be stopped. Continue Reading

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Intermountain CIO offers cybersecurity advice

Marc Probst, CIO of Intermountain Healthcare, believes the industry should work together to achieve stronger cybersecurity. Continue Reading

Blog Post

The HIMSS preparation of a first-timer

SearchHealthIT news writer Kristen Lee details how she is preparing for her first HIMSS conference and lists a few of the interviews she has lined up. Continue Reading

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Government health IT officials to appear at HIMSS

Leaders from government healthcare agencies, including ONC, CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services will be present and involved in sessions at HIMSS 2016. Continue Reading

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ONC still chasing interoperability

ONC's new “Interoperability Proving Ground” is a portal where interoperability program developers can share their current projects. It is the latest initiative in a series of interoperability-related projects from ONC. Continue Reading

Podcast

SearchHealthIT writers preview HIMSS 2016

Shaun Sutner and Kristen Lee, who will represent SearchHealthIT at HIMSS 2016, sat down for a podcast to discuss their plans for the event. Meaningful use and cybersecurity are two topics they plan to cover. Continue Reading

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Cybersecurity and 3D printing to be featured at HIMSS 2016

Weeks before the conference kicks off, prospective attendees forecast how 3D printing and cybersecurity will be presented at HIMSS 2016. Continue Reading

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Post-HIMSS 2016 news and analysis

After HIMSS 2016 ends, there will still be plenty of information and stories to unpack. Here, SearchHealthIT's reporters will share coverage from the end of their stays in Las Vegas and follow up on any announcements that occurred as the conference was winding down.

Podcast

SearchHealthIT reporters recall their visit to Epic booth

The SearchHealthIT HIT Squad recapped their experience in the booth of EHR vendor Epic Systems Corp. and summed up the HIMSS 2016 event. Continue Reading

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Cybersecurity best practices, according to healthcare CIOs

Three CIOs and a chief medical information officer shared some of the security threats faced by their organizations and what they've done to counter them. Continue Reading

Blog Post

U.S. hospitals ponder adding more connected health tech

Nearly half of the respondents to the 2016 HIMSS Connected Health Survey said their hospitals are considering using more connected health technology. Continue Reading

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SearchHealthIT reporter recounts HIMSS experience

Shaun Sutner, news and features writer for SearchHealthIT, lists off some of the notable healthcare government officials that attended HIMSS 2016 and passes on the messages they shared with the massive conference crowd. Continue Reading

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SearchHealthIT reporter sums up her first HIMSS conference

Kristen Lee, news writer for SearchHealthIT, recaps her first HIMSS experience and says that while the conference may be over, her work is far from finished. Continue Reading

3A recap of HIMSS 2015-

HIMSS 2015 highlights

Last year's HIMSS conference ran from April 12 to 16, 2015, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security both had representatives on hand to discuss cybersecurity and the prevention of costly healthcare data breaches. Read the rest of the articles in the section below to find out more about HIMSS 2015, including what CIOs had to say about the fight for healthcare interoperability.

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Federal agencies have eyes on cybercrime

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI both made their presence known at HIMSS 2015 and passed on advice to providers for combatting healthcare cybercrime. Continue Reading

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Cerner Corporation kept Siemens' customers after acquisition

Three former users of Siemens' EHR system decided to go with Cerner Corporation's EHR after the latter purchased the former. Continue Reading

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Former federal defense official talked cybersecurity

An executive at a health data security firm said the healthcare industry could use the help that's being offered to it by the government regarding cybersecurity. Continue Reading

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Consumer health and wellness big parts of HIMSS 2015

Letting patients track and share their personal wellness data gets them more involved in their care and could improve overall population health, vendors and providers asserted. Continue Reading

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Healthcare CIOs prioritized interoperability

One healthcare executive cited vendors as part of the reason why healthcare interoperability isn't where providers want it to be. Find out what he said and how he proposed to fix the situation. Continue Reading

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