HIMSS – A Limited Showing for Web 2.0

March 4, 2007

Looking at educational sessions and vendor presentations, Web 2.0 made a relatively minor appearance. There was one session on Wikis, my eSession with Jack Mason (Healthnex blog) and maybe one other. Perhaps this should not be surprising in that the large vendors representing proprietary applications rather than open source. Open source was represented by the VA’s VistA EMR. Revolution Health was mentioned by Colin Powell who in on their board.  While Web 2.0 does not offer core functionality to healthcare yet, blogs, wikis, social networking and tagging have future capabilities yet to be discovered. Maybe Steve Case should keynote next year and stir things up.

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