HIMSS 2009 Conference Wrap Up

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The HIMSS 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition is over for another year. This year’s theme, “Architects of Change” proved to be a central focus for the majority of educational sessions I attended. With tight economic conditions facing many of us, the pressure to deliver quality and valuable content has never been higher and this year’s conference delivered.

In my post, HIMSS 2009 – What Do I Expect to See, I outlined two concepts I was hoping for; a maturing of HIT and a wealth of good ideas, success stories, and a peer group of committed HIT. Did HIMSS09 Deliver on my expectations? Yes, and then some.

To begin, the community aspect of this year’s HIMSS was unlike any prior year thanks to the addition of Social Media; especially Twitter. Thanks to HIMSS09, I wound-up adding over 40 people to my Twitter following (@timjedwards) and exchanged information with even more. Twitter added a dimension to the conference that was not available before, first-hand live reporting of sessions and events from multiple perspectives. Twitter not only helped connect people, it helped to document the events for everyone to share. I recommend reviewing #himss09 hash tag to see what I mean. Add to that my participation in the official “Meet the Bloggers” session and the growth of that peer group could not have gone better.

With the peer group can a wealth of good ideas, success stories, and metrics. The education sessions this year focused more on outcomes than ever before. In all three of my daily wrap ups (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) I found sessions that focused on actual results and success stories from the integration of HIT. It was in these stories and examples the maturing of HIT I was after; the realization that outcomes needs to be the driving force in all IT implementation. HIT has to be used to improve patient outcomes and streamline operations, not for technologies sake.

I want to thank HIMSS for the integration and recognition of Social Medial in the enhancement of the conference activities and for providing quality conferences that justify both the time and expense of attending. I look forward to next year and hope the bar is raised again.

For more on the HIMSS09 conference, check out the following blogs:

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