Starting Monday, here at HITS, we'll also be offering installments of a package of stories that will be appearing in Modern Healthcare summarizing the results of the 20th annual Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician Survey of Executive Opinions on Key Information Technology Issues.
The IT survey and the HIMSS show have a lot in common.
The survey was, and the HIMSS show will be, greatly influenced by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus law.
Without giving away too much of what the IT survey stories will tell you, suffice to say that an overwhelming number of survey participants indicated meeting the meaningful-use requirements of the stimulus law will be among their top IT priorities. Survey respondents also indicated they're more than a bit anxious about meeting tight stimulus law deadlines, and about several of the new, stiffer privacy and security requirements the law imposes.
Regarding HIMSS, a glance at the schedule finds no fewer than 13 educational programs specifically dedicated to meaningful use are offered at the show, including a half-day, pre-conference symposium on Saturday for nursing informaticists and a full-day session Sunday for physician informaticists.
The head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, physician David Blumenthal, will be a keynote speaker Wednesday morning. He'll be followed by Aneesh Chopra, the White House chief technology officer. Dan Hesse, the CEO of telecom giant Sprint Nextel, will give the opening keynote Monday morning on the evolving role of mobile applications. So, for all you Health 2.0 mavens, be sure to catch our coverage of that.
In addition to meaningful use, you can expect the usual flurry of announcements saved up for release at HIMSS by the IT vendor community about their newest products and business alignments. (The typical outpouring of “embargoed” news releases issued by the vendors' PR firms started a few weeks ago.) One friendly “heads up” that caught my eye was from GE Healthcare, enough so that I'll be up an hour early Tuesday morning for their scheduled briefing. It may or may not pan out as big news, but if it does, I'll let you know.
This will be my 10th HIMSS expo, so I'm looking forward to once again getting together with IT people for the better part of a week—meeting with friends, sources, newsmakers and vendors and cramming in as many educational programs as possible.
Hope to see you at the show, but if not, as they say in the news business, you can “read all about it” right here at HITS and [email protected].
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