Posted by: DrJosephKim
For the past few years, I’ve been attending the HIMSS conference but this year I wasn’t sure if I was going to take the time to attend. At the last minute, a few things fell together in a nice way and I was able to attend the biggest HIMSS conference in the history of health IT. This year, there were over 37,000 people attending and the conference was huge! I didn’t even get to say hello to all my friends given that every time I would swing by one of the exhibit booths to say hello to someone, inevitably he/she was not present.
This year, there were many discussions around mobile health (mHealth). We recently saw that HIMSS had acquired the mHealth Summit and that they had launched mHIMSS last year. The buzz around mobile technology is growing every year as devices like smartphones and tablets become ubiquitous. Also, we’re seeing more computing horsepower in these small devices. Soon, physicians will be accustomed to using medical devices that attach to their mobile devices through wireless technology like Bluetooth or Near Field communication.
Another hot topic this year was Clinical Decision Support (CDS). We saw several sessions focused around discussions around the opportunities and challenges of using CDS in a way that will lead to improved clinical outcomes. Alert fatigue remains a valid concern. If physicians are receiving too many alerts on the computer screen, we may run into the opposite problem: alerts ignored. Therefore, it’s important for hospital executives to develop clear, effective strategies around the use of CDS so that physicians agree about the proper clinical workflow.
Finally, it was great to meet other folks from the SearchHealthIT community. We had a great tweetup on Monday night and then I constantly ran into editors, contributors, bloggers, and other community users from SearchHealthIT. This year at the HIMSS conference, I had the opportunity to meet and greet a number of people I had only met online via Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook. It’s always fun to put a real face behind that username!