Posts Tagged ‘HIMSS’

Shameless Self Promotion

July 2, 2008

Once in a while you have to promote yourself. Well, in this case HIMSS has done it for me. I am pleased to receive the Spirit of HIMSS Award. Nice article about me appears today in their HIMSS Weekly Insider.

Not often does one get such acknowledgment for volunteer work but HIMSS finds ways to do this on a regular basis as they are dependent on many devoted volunteers to make the organization a success. I am pleased to be part of that process. I am in good company for this award.

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Podcast of Presentation at HIMSS 2008 on SOA

May 8, 2008

HIMSS just posted podcasts from the conference in Orlando. Scroll down and you will see mine:

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Google CEO on Google Health at HIMSS – video

March 18, 2008

Eric Schmidt’s keynote address at HIMSS in Orlando last month is now available on the HIMSS website. His argument to have your medical records available from “the cloud” (maybe he should have said a secure place within the cloud) is worth the time. The demo by Roni Zeiger is also included.

This announcement continues to get attention from all quarters even with some predicting that Google will dominate this space in spite of Microsoft’s earlier entry.

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Consumer-Centricity

March 6, 2008

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn posts a commentary on the HIMSS 2008 conference identifying significant themes which came through in this monster conference-exhibition of 28,000. The these include:

  • openness – of code such as Microsoft’s promise to open their API to HealthVault and Google doing the same for Google Health, others also demonstrating interoperability
  • security – privacy protection, Google Health (is it secure enough), World Privacy Forum
  • consumer-centric – not just from the big guys but also Allscripts and Relay Health

A good summary of a big event – worth reading.

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Google Health Presented at HIMSS

February 29, 2008

Eric Schmidt and Roni Zeiger presented Google Health at a keynote session at HIMSS in Orlando this morning.
Key points included:

  • it’s the consumer’s data, the user has control
  • it needs to have ease of use – the user interface must be immediately useful
  • the benefit of consumer interoperability is significant
  • cloud computing will allow the storage of medical records including large files like images, “easy” to accomplish for Google (200 petabytes of xrays per year not a problem)
  • adoption of new consumer products are typically 5% the first year but 80-90% in 10 years
  • developers are invited to create new tools around the platform of Google Health. How about child immunization records, managing the health information and medication for your elderly parent in another state.

With this kind of optimism, could adoption exceed expectations?

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Report from HIMSS – Consumer Health

February 28, 2008

It has been a busy week in Orlando. The 24,000 attendees have packed sessions and the exhibit hall. More attention is being paid to consumer health issues particularly through keynote speakers like Steve Case from Revolution Health and Eric Schmidt of Google. Google and Carepages among others are exhibiting. The PHR Committee has a significant presence with several sessions focusing on PHRs.  What is missing is content on Health/Web 2.0. There was a session on open source in radiology but not much else. My hope is that a Special Interest Group on Open Source and Web 2.0 be established in the future.

The acknowledgment of  the importance of empowering consumers is a significant move for HIMSS which  does not directly serve consumers.

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HIMSS 2007 – best coverage

March 4, 2007

Neil Versel’s Healthcare IT Blog has some interesting coverage of HIMSS because of his podcasts of interviews with the  CEO of  Athena  Health and HIMSS  Analytics. Quick Blog: Blog Administration HIMSS 07 Online Daily has some major stories including coverage of the keynote speakers.

The Healtcare IT Guy has a nice review of Tolven PHR open source running on a smart phone (more on this later).
And Medical Connectivity Consulting has some product reviews including COW, computers on wheels and the buzz about connectivity.

Also, check out Flickr for photos and YouTube/Google Video.

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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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Report from HIMSS – Microsoft’s New Commitment to Healthcare

February 27, 2007

In addition to Steve Ballmer keynoting at HIMSS ’07, two announcements from Microsoft demonstrate this new commitment.

  • Microsoft announced its planned purchase of the Medstory health search engine
  • Their strategy is outlined in a Q&A for journalists

In addition, there is a lot of interest in Azyxxi.

The text of Ballmer’s speech is now available.

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Report from HIMSS – Government Initiatives in Health IT – simplify

February 27, 2007

The keynote at HIMSS ’07 this morning, Phil Bredesen, Governor of Tennessee, had 3 recommendations for moving ahead with interoperability. At the risk of being accused of oversimplifying, he boldly suggested that we 1) simplify our goals for information exchange, such as, just focusing on eprescribing using simplified standards, 2)  establish a  beachhead instead of trying to do everything,  and  find solutions which are acceptable to everyone, not just early adopters or large academic medical centers. I was impressed with his understanding of IT, his willingness to research current IT standards and his knowledge of the business.

By the way, check out Tim Gee’s coverage of HIMSS ’07 including photos.

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