HIMSS 2010 conference coverage from SearchHealthIT.com

The 2010 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition takes on added importance in light of meaningful use, certification of EHR systems and other tech challenges. Read our show coverage here.

Catch up on what you missed at HIMSS10. Access our coverage of this invaluable event, including: 

  • Future of systems interoperability for health IT 
  • Meaningful use recommendations outlined in town hall meeting 
  • National health IT policy coordinator keynote presentation 
  • What the digital hospital of the future looks like 
  • And much more

This year, the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition takes on an added level of importance.

The recent release of the federal government’s meaningful use criteria for electronic health records and its interim final rule of EHR technology standards and specifications, as well as guidelines on the certification of EHR systems that should be released any day now, gives health care IT professionals much to digest.

Along with these new rules, which come with tight deadlines and penalties for noncompliance, health care providers must pay particular attention to new security and privacy laws under HIPAA. There are also the omnipresent needs to upgrade technology infrastructure, implement secure EHR systems and make those systems interoperable -- all while maintaining the level of quality care patients have come to expect.

SearchHealthIT.com is covering HIMSS10 in full force. We will be talking to IT executives, physicians and other key decision makers about important topics such as planning to achieving meaningful use, migrating health care IT systems to virtualized platforms and providing smartphones for doctors to use during patient consultations. In addition, visit SearchHealthIT.com at Booth 1501 while in Atlanta.

Check this page for frequent updates as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2010 conference gets under way.


NQF leader on using EHR technology to report health quality measures
[SearchHealthIT.com Staff]
Dr. Floyd Eisenberg of the National Quality Forum discusses some of the challenges in using EHR technology to report health quality measures, and what the NQF is doing to help.

FHA director discusses progress of health IT interoperability projects
[SearchHealthIT.com Staff]
Federal Health Architecture director Vish Sankaran discusses the program's health IT interoperability projects and how they're helping providers exchange information securely.

The benefits of deploying an application monitoring tool
[Brian Eastwood]
Hear from one CIO who used Compuware’s Vantage application monitoring tool on a portal app through which physicians accessed both patient data and internal workflow data.

ONC interoperability leader discusses EHR meaningful use certification
[SearchHealthIT.com Staff]
In this video, ONC interoperability leader Dr. Doug Fridsma discusses the EHR meaningful use certification process and gives advice for providers who are going digital.

Using application monitoring software for health IT systems
[Brian Eastwood]
Application monitoring software helps isolate system issues that need to be fixed. This boosts physicians’ confidence in health IT, one CIO said in this video shot at the HIMSS10 annual conference.

Health information exchanges key to connecting hospitals, providers
[Brian Eastwood]
Using health information exchanges helps bring hospitals, providers, patients and even rival institutions together, three CIOs suggest in a panel discussion at HIMSS10.

Best practices for multi-physician ambulatory EHR implementation
[Don Fluckinger]
The head of an award-winning electronic health records installation offers advice to her peers about managing the transition from paper medical records to ambulatory EHR.

Epocrates plans mobile SaaS EHR system for solo physicians
[Don Fluckinger]
Epocrates, which made its mark with a free drug-interaction database for Palm, joins the electronic health records fray with a smartphone-tuned, Software as a Service EHR system for solo physicians.

Future of systems interoperability for health IT seen in HIMSS demo
[Don Fluckinger]
The systems interoperability demo at HIMSS shows what early adopters can do. Here’s the rub -- physicians will need more than the HITECH Act’s incentives to join the party.

HIMSS outlines meaningful use recommendations in town hall meeting
[Brian Eastwood]

Giving providers partial credit for reaching meaningful use ranks among the Health Information and Management Systems Society’s recommended changes to federal meaningful use rules.

Debate continues over health IT standards, meaningful use definitions
[Jean DerGurahian]
Mandates in the interim final rule for standards and certification went into effect even as policymakers and industry representatives continued to discuss their recommendations.

Hospitals look beyond EHR implementation at HIMSS10 annual conference
[Jean DerGurahian]
While meaningful use took center stage at HIMSS10, two hospitals demonstrated that electronic health record implementation is about more than federal mandates.


National health IT policy coordinator ready to implement rules
[Brian Eastwood]
David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health IT policy, said at HIMSS10 that his work is starting to shift from drafting regulations to implementing and supporting them.

The digital hospital of the future is available now at HIMSS 2010
[Scot Petersen]
At the HIMSS 2010 conference in Atlanta, technology is everywhere, but HP has brought together everything from servers to tabletop PCs in its version of the the digital hospital.

Certification rule released at HIMSS10 annual conference
[Jean DerGurahian]
The Office of the National Coordinator released its much-anticipated proposed rule outlining the certification program for health information technology during a town hall meeting at the HIMSS10 annual conference.

Joint Commission’s Greatest Hits at HIMSS
[Don Fluckinger]
Cruising the press room at a trade show usually provides a snapshot of the newest, greatest stuff, refreshed daily as vendors hype attendees on product announcements. They save them up for big unveilings at industry confabs like HIMSS10 here in Atlanta. Nothing changes, year to year, except reporters now come home with a fistful of thumb drives loaded with media kits, instead of luggage stuffed fat with paper like they did just a few years back.

CCHIT presses forward with certification programs
[Jean DerGurahian]

The Certification Commission for Healthcare IT may soon lose its status as the sole health IT certifying body, but at HIMSS10 it nonetheless revealed new certification programs.

Superusers key to getting provider buy-in
[Don Fluckinger]

Here at HIMSS10, national health care IT leaders discuss their best practices from the dais. One of the many worth sharing today came from David Dawdy, CIO for Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo., who drafted a corps of 28 "superusers" who help his team test and roll out new equipment and systems.

The meaning behind a HIMSS annual conference keynote
[Jean DerGurahian]
Opening keynote speeches usually provide a big-picture outlook on whatever topic a conference is promoting. From this morning’s session at HIMSS10, one would expect the next four days will be focused on the future of wireless in health information technology.

Meaningful use to drive health IT spending: HIMSS survey
[Brian Eastwood]

Not surprisingly, meaningful use is poised to drive spending on health IT in 2010, perhaps even to pre-recession levels, according to the annual leadership survey of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).


Clinical data warehouse boosts research, patient care quality
[Don Fluckinger]

At least for larger facilities, the answer to the problem of hospital patient data in discrete silos could be a clinical data warehouse, as the UNC Healthcare System discovered. The center's associate director of medical informatics speaks Tuesday at HIMSS10 in a session called Enterprise Data Warehouse: Building the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health.

HIMSS annual conference to explore meaningful use, HITECH Act
[Jean DerGurahian]

Attendance at this year’s HIMSS conference, up more than 6% from last year, is being driven largely by a desire to know more about meaningful use.

Dr. Barry Chaiken discusses HIMSS 2010, electronic health records
[Scot Petersen]
Dr. Barry Chaiken, HIMSS board chairman and Chief Medical Officer of Imprivata and Imprivata CEO Omar Hussain discuss HIMSS 2010 and how technology is transforming health care.

Deadlines and Requirements for EHR Data Exchange
[Jean DerGurahian]

Are you prepared to meet EHR deadlines? In this podcast, hear from a chief medical information officer as he discusses best practices for health care organizations to receive funding from the Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

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