HIMSS12: What an event!

HIMSS12. What can I say. It was simply incredible and quite frankly…overwhelming! (I was overwhelmed in addition with the opulence of Las Vegas…it was a lot to take in).

With over 33 thousand individuals in attendance, it broke HIMSS attendance records as was mentioned to us at our Leadership Workshop on the first day. It was obvious to anyone attending that there was a huge opportunity to participate in the healthcare universe over the next decade and beyond. I think that the United States has again reinvigorated  an industry that has been given a shot in the arm by government regulations.

Yes folks, maybe this is a good thing! I was able to attend two keynotes; Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter and Farzad Mostashari (Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM serves as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Farzad joined ONC in July 2009). Mr. Mostashari compared current situation to a “massive river flowing” and that “there is no going back now”.

A couple of things that he reported to those in attendance that over 50 thousand jobs have been created in the past 2 yrs through the healthcare industry. Additional updates he shared with us is that Stage 2 meaningful use has been confirmed 2014 and on that day, the government released the proposed rule for providers which was also shared briefly during a previous day’s session by officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), who unveiled to  attendees some of the anticipated proposed rules for Stage 2.

Before I leftI made one last walk through the exhibitor halls, and the sense of how vast the ecosystem is, where everything has a healthcare significance (an ATM machine re-configured to become a “Patient Registration Kiosk”, a wholesale club with a healthcare offering (yes you did read that right) and a defense contractor) all show the vastness of the industry to come. Navigating this will be a challenge that all of us will have to manage. Collaboration is the key. You’re not alone.  We’re all right there with you.

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