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.
1Live from HIMSS 2016-
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.
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
Andy Gettinger, M.D., ONC chief medical information officer, said that information blocking must be stopped for the sake of patient care. Continue Reading
David Higginson, CIO at Phoenix Children's Hospital, described the importance of network monitoring in hospitals while he attended HIMSS 2016. Continue Reading
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
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
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
Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, asserted that information blocking in healthcare must be stopped. Continue Reading
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.
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
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
Nearly half of the respondents to the 2016 HIMSS Connected Health Survey said their hospitals are considering using more connected health technology. Continue Reading
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
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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.
Three former users of Siemens' EHR system decided to go with Cerner Corporation's EHR after the latter purchased the former. Continue Reading
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
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