Time flies by…A quick look at last months HIMSS19 Conference

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Thank you to everyone who has reached out to inquire on my blog status.  Between conferences, client proposals, and various trips…I took some much needed time.  I’m eager to jump back in to weekly discussions and ideas on current trends and activities within our industry as well as some more travel related stories.  Always open to suggestions, so certainly let me know your thoughts.  First, a couple thoughts on last month’s HIMSS19 conference.

HIMSS19 – This year’s HIMSS conference was just as chaotic and exhausting as ever.  Held in Orlando Florida, themes included hundreds of vendor exhibits, cybersecurity overload, and emerging tech in areas of AI, blockchain products, interoperability technologies, and telemedicine offerings.  I thought the most surprising part was EHR vendor signage that called out competitors and were far more aggressive with accusations of misleading statements and favored products.

I lost count after seeing over 30 consultant firm booths ranging in sizes and shapes.  The big guys like Deloitte, Accenture, Leidos, and Nordic had extensive booths that had luxurious furniture, cubicle offices, endless signage with looping videos and dozens of employees.  My firm, and many others, had variations of conference space outside the vendor showroom for client meetings and education sessions.  My favorite is always Epic, sorry…don’t mean to show favoritism, but it’s warm and inviting and fun.

I always wonder about the value of attending these every year.  For me it was first and foremost about vendor education/demos for Epic, Cerner, and Meditech.  Second is catching up with colleagues and friends, hearing what’s happening at their shop and comparing notes to industry trends.  Finally, meeting with clients.  My favorite part of the trip was spending 30 minutes chatting with Judy Faulkner at CHIME.  We spent that whole time talking about how she took care of us (CHB team) during UGM on 9/11 and the ever growing campus in Verona.  I feel fortunate to have that type of access to people at these events.

Check out Healthcare IT News article here for a deep dive into the key note speakers and education sessions.  Did you attend?  Other take away thoughts?  Share your thoughts in comments section below.

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