It’s the third time around for SearchHealthIT at the Health Information Management Systems Society annual meeting – HIMSS 2012. Unlike some of our pals in the health IT blogosphere, we can’t post our itineraries, because things change up to the last minute as news breaks and plans evolve. But we can tell you that, among the highlights we’re planning to hit (and miss):
- The SearchHealthIT #HCsm Tweetup. If you have any idea what that means and have an interest in hanging with our Tweeps at the trés cool Seahorse Lounge Monday night, register here.
- Stage 2 meaningful use everything. Would CMS just come out and release the proposed stage 2 criteria already? There are so many stage 2 educational sessions booked for this HIMSS, its impending release a worse-kept secret than Peyton Manning’s impending release from the Indianapolis Colts.
- Biz Stone’s keynote. Just kidding, unless the Twitter founder says he plans to share that he’s discovered how to connect HIEs one to another while maintaining compliance with each individual territory’s differing privacy and consumer-protection rules. #EpicFail. Although, of course, most of the SearchHealthIT army deployed to HIMSS 2012 will be live tweeting from educational sessions and the exhibit floor, so I’ll just say it here and get it over with: Thanks, Biz. But the keynote thing? To be fair, I skipped Michael J. Fox’s keynote last year, too.
- Conversations with actual IT leaders from health care providers, from which we’ll create stories loaded with advice on several thorny implementation topics you’re probably struggling with right now. And if we told you exactly which topics in advance of the show, we’d have to make your computer self-destruct à la Mission Impossible. And who wants that mess?
- Executive podcasts. Interspersed among the interviews, educational sessions, mixers and booth meet-ups in our plans, we’ve snared a couple big-thinking leaders for podcasts. Stay tuned for some – we hope – worthwhile discussions about health IT trends CIOs should monitor.
And then there’s this little matter of a contest I’ve agreed to enter, involving a Fitbit and trying to out-walk fellow Health IT reporter Brian Ahier. HIMSS attendees will be able to get into the action and enter to win their own. Just in time, too, as I’m still walking off a month’s worth of dietary transgressions committed during the holidays. More details on those shenanigans will be forthcoming.