Monday, February 24, 2014

HIMMS Orlando. Big Meeting. Big Announcements

The annual HIMMS meeting is on the must-attend annual meeting list for all SJN Sales healthcare team member calandars. There is simply no bigger, or better organized, way of checking in with the broadest spectrum of healthcare leaders, vendors, technology, and policy innovators. All in one place. A very crowded, map and game-plan required place. But its Orlando so we know its nice outside. There is no-one outside.

Sessions for everyone from those responsible for physicians coding patient data into the latest and greatest Patient Record Management systems, are especially popular. Now that EMR (Electronic Medical Records) are pretty much pervasive in provider organizations, good tips on how to get doctors and others who don't interact with th syste daily, or easily, are all the rage. I guess its no surprise that providers who see 50-60 patients a day, and enter the system to order tests, add chart notes, etc. get comfortable and faster, with an EMR than the specialist or even part-timer who enters his login far less frequently.

Technology innovations this year seem focused on making meaningful use, easy to achieve through easy to use solutions. What may seem obvious to an SJN Sales IT managed services provider or solutions developer, has been, as a rule, pretty slow to arrive in healthcare. There is still plenty of room to innovate by creating better UI, easier work flow steps, and more intuitive data entry.

It will take the rest of the week to chat with all the vendors and report on the really NEW, new solutions. But efficiency and ease of use, especially where coding comes in, are likely to be big take-aways at this meeting.

It's early. The first full day really so I feel certain that the exhibit hall will see more action as the various learning tracks leave time to explore.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Keynote Speaker on Wednesday -- Don't count on a seat if you haven't already registered. I think it says a great deal about the policy importance, as well as the high-level influence of attendees, that the keynote trnascends meaningful use, ICD10, and the other nitty-gritty topics we're hearing about in every nook and cranny of the Orlando Convention Center.

Have a good day. Call us if you're here and want to meet.

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