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HIMSS 2018 conference coverage and analysis


The HIMSS 2018 conference kicks off in Las Vegas from March 5 to 9, 2018, with over 40,000 health IT professionals, vendors and executives expected to attend. SearchHealthIT editorial director Scott Wallask and associate site editor Tayla Holman will be on site at the conference to attend educational sessions and conduct interviews.

Keynote speakers at the HIMSS 2018 conference include former Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Defense Health Agency director Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, Zipline founder and CEO Keller Rinaudo, and Magic Johnson Enterprises chairman and CEO Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

Hot topics at this year's conference include clinical and business intelligence, connected health and population health

Follow this guide before, during and after the HIMSS 2018 conference for news and analysis, as well as expert interviews and features.

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News from the HIMSS 2018 conference

Couldn't make it to HIMSS this year? We've got you covered with a preview of the hot topics and trends, and news directly from the show floor.

Blog Post

Cybersecurity tops vendor topics at HIMSS 2018

Exhibitors for HIMSS 2018 pitched nearly 150 story ideas to SearchHealthIT, with cybersecurity making up nearly a quarter of proposals. Continue Reading


CMS announces plans to improve patient access to EHRs

During her session at HIMSS 2018, CMS administrator Seema Verma announced plans to overhaul meaningful use and warned against information blocking. Continue Reading


Barriers to value-based care include lack of standardization

The healthcare industry's shift toward value-based care is impeded by a lack of standardization and interoperability between EHRs, said one CIO at the 2018 HIMSS conference. Continue Reading


Healthcare remains wary of cloud, despite benefits

Throughout the week at the 2018 HIMSS conference, health IT vendors and professionals had differing opinions about cloud computing in healthcare. Continue Reading


AI hot at HIMSS 2018 conference

AI was one of the most popular topics at the 2018 HIMSS conference, due largely in part to its potential -- but drawbacks were discussed as well. Continue Reading

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Reactions to the HIMSS 2018 conference

After the HIMSS 2018 conference ends, the SearchHealthIT team will still be hard at work with post-show analysis and expert features.


HIMSS vendors embrace EHR trends

At HIMSS 2018, Cerner announced a partnership with Salesforce that would allow providers to communicate more easily with patients within the EHR. Continue Reading

3Highlights from HIMSS 2017-

A recap of HIMSS 2017

Need a refresher for last year's conference? This section recaps some of the most popular topics from HIMSS17, as well as surprising news regarding a partnership with a prominent vendor.


AI and patient engagement trend at HIMSS 2017

AI and machine learning had a large presence at HIMSS 2017, and patient engagement emerged as a crucial part of the healthcare process. Continue Reading


MD Anderson Cancer Center pauses IBM Watson project

The MD Anderson Cancer Center announced at HIMSS17 that it would put its cognitive computing project with IBM Watson on hold following an audit by the University of Texas System Administration. Continue Reading


The HIT Squad reflects on HIMSS 2017

HIT Squad members Kristen Lee and Shaun Sutner sat down to discuss their thoughts on HIMSS17, including the lack of focus on government regulations and the emergence of AI and blockchain. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Medical imaging overthrows EHRs at HIMSS17

While EHRs were once featured heavily at the HIMSS annual conference, HIMSS17 saw a shift toward medical and enterprise imaging as more CIOs began to take an interest in the technologies. Continue Reading

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