Posted by: AllinHIT
HIE, HIMSS 2011, HIMSS11, ICD-10, Meaningful use
HIMSS11 was held in Orlando Florida this year, my home base of operations. The weather was hot and beautiful, giving those who came from cold climate an opportunity to thaw out on the convention center lawn during lunch. I spent some time giving local resturant advice, and served as a personal GPS to my buddies with Ingenix. The conference, as usual, was filled with parties, product and acquisition announcements, and lively discussions on health IT adoption, meaningful use (MU) stage 2, security breaches, REC effectiveness, HIT adoption, and the high number of new vendors exhibiting. Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s CTO, referred to HITECH as a catalyst to innovation and entrepreneurship during his opening speech. This was proven to be true as I visited some of the new vendors’ booths as well.
If I had to summarize HIMSS, it would include the words ‘health information exchanges (HIEs),’ ‘meaningful use’ and ‘5010/ICD-10’ (and I know those aren’t necessarily all words!). HIE topics dominated the conference in both seminars and conversations, while the Interoperability Showcase seemed larger than years past and had a new vitality when you visited the area. Meaningful use was a hot topic of course, given CHIME’s suggestion that the ONC delay stage 2. Hence, there were many discussions centered around the following: “Should they, or shouldn’t they? and “Will they, or they won’t they?”. The ICD-10 deadline dominated the discussion among HIMs, too, and rightfully so. as there were discussions on extending that deadline too!
Overall, HIMSS11 was exciting, informative, and alot of fun. I had the opportunity to meet some great people, see some great products, and had the chance to tape my “HIMSS Home Court” program, sponsored by SearchHealthIT.com’s Health IT Exchange communinty. The program feature interviews with “home court” initiatives in Florida — please look for the interviews to be up on the site in the next couple of weeks.
Be sure to come back and visit to see can’t miss interviews with Jim Traficant (of Harris Corp.), Lisa Rawlins, Executive Director, of the market-leading South Florida REC, and Dr. David Willis, one of the drivers of a the Healthy Ocala HIE. For good measure, I decided to include an interview with an International health system, the Dubai Health Authority, a fun and exciting group!
Lastly, it wasn’t the conference I most enjoyed, but was YOU, the people who I met. Networking and learning from my peers — this is what is most valuable at HIMSS. It reminds me that there are some smart, dedicated people in health IT, many of whom have a passion for delivering better care to patients through innovative technologies. These are the folks I talked to in the sessions, on the exhibit floor, and as part of my HIMSS Home Court interviews. And while this year is over, I look forward to more of the same in Vegas — I hope to see you there!