Well, I must admit that I’m a bit overwhelmed by everything I’ve seen and heard at HIMSS 10 in Atlanta. This thing is enormous. Although, I think I’m also trying to overcome the lack of sleep. Taking the Red-Eye from Las Vegas was the right choice, but I’m paying the price today for not having much sleep. Not that any of you really care.
What I’ve quickly realized is that I’ve over scheduled my time at HIMSS. This really isn’t too much of a problem for me since I LOVE being busy. The only problem with it is that it means that I won’t be able to create nearly as much content from the show as I’d like to create.
No worries though, I’m taking good notes and I’ll have plenty of great content to share with you over the next few weeks after HIMSS as well as during HIMSS. I have posted quite a few updates on my twitter account, @ehrandhit, and plan to do a lot more. Take a look through my updates to see some interesting items I heard during a briefing.
As I’ve talked with people at the conference, as expected, the EMR stimulus, meaningful use, certified EHR and everything related to those subjects is the main focus of discussion. I think that’s actually exciting. It’s a topic that everyone is kind of unified around. It creates a nice energy at the conference and is a topic that you can talk about with anyone.
Interoperability is also a really major discussion at this conference. I’m not sure how much real progress has been made, but there’s a lot of talk. I know I’m interested in a meeting I have setup with a person at ONC that works on the NHIN and CONNECT. I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say.
Another interesting thing will be all the false information related to the EMR stimulus. It’s amazing how many professionals in the industry don’t even understand the details of the EMR stimulus. This is a problem and could have some ugly consequences down the road.
Watch for some more specific coverage of the conference tomorrow. Tomorrow is a very full day for me with some really exciting events including: the CCHIT town hall meeting, my Meet the Bloggers Session, an interview with one of my favorite EMR CEO bloggers, Evan Steele, and then of course the New Media Kick Off Event tomorrow night.
The CCHIT town hall should be quite lively since you know how much I love them. I’m thinking I might try and live blog it, or at least lots of tweets about the event.