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Podcast: HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, 2010 edition

Last Thursday, for the fourth consecutive year, I sat down with HIMSS CEO H. Stephen Lieber for an interview ahead of the opening of the annual HIMSS conference. For the third consecutive year, the recording actually worked. And for the second consecutive year, I went to HIMSS headquarters in downtown Chicago for the interview, rather than waiting for the conference itself. Unfortunately, the HVAC system in the conference room was rather noisy, so there is some background noise. Still, the voices come through loud and clear.

I wrote a story based on this interview in Monday’s FierceHealthIT, but here is the world premiere of the full recording.

Podcast details: Interview with HIMSS CEO H. Stephen Lieber on the 2010 HIMSS conference, recorded Feb. 18, 2010. MP3, stereo, 128 kbps, 31.7 MB, running time 34:36.

1:00 State of the HIT industry a year after ARRA
2:20 HIMSS10 registration patterns
5:00 Types of vendors exhibiting this year
6:30 Mobile applications
8:20 HIPAA, 5010 and ICD-10
10:15 Health IT’s role in healthcare reform
13:45 Health IT alone can’t fix healthcare
15:40 Getting the word to physician practices about meaningful use
17:55 Hospital-based physicians and meaningful use
19:15 Pressure to achieve meaningful use
20:15 Why HIMSS doesn’t support weakening of requirements
21:40 Health IT workforce issues
25:10 Hiring IT professionals laid off from other industries
26:40 The future of certification
30:00 Clinical decision support comes of age
31:55 Focus of the 2010 conference

February 22, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Europe ‘has no mobile health policy’

Europe “has no mobile health policy,” is what Jaakko Aarnio, a project officer in the European Commission’s Information Society and Media directorate, told me at the recent mHealth Initiative conference in Washington.

Want to know more? Read the story I wrote for E-Health Europe last week.

February 17, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

‘Fierce’ events at HIMSS


I’m not exactly the type of person to be hawking “public appearances” and such, but I will be involved, in my capacity as senior editor of three FierceMarkets publications, in a couple of events at the upcoming HIMSS conference in Atlanta.

The main event, so to speak, is the free networking bash that FierceHealthIT is hosting on Tuesday, March 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. It takes place at the World of Coca-Cola, a tourist attraction in its own right. If you’ve never been to Coke’s slick headquarters, it’s definitely worth seeing. It may be hard to to imagine getting excited about something as simple as a soda brand, but the World of Coke is actually a lot of fun and offers tastings of the secret Coke recipe as it exists in countries around the world. And of course, plenty of mixers will be on hand in case you want something a little stronger in your soda cup.

I’ll be at the party, along with the entire Fierce team. Stop by and say hi. It will be great to put face to a name.

For you early risers—and I admit, I normally am not among you—FierceMobileHealthcare and, from another part of the company, FierceWireless, are joining to co-host An Executive Breakfast on Creating a Successful mHealth Initiative.

This exclusive industry event will be held Tuesday, March 2 from 7 to 8:15 a.m. at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Our special guests will be Ram Appalaraju, senior VP for marketing at Meru Networks; Geoffrey Brown, senior VP & CIO at Inova Healthcare System in Northern Virginia; Deborah Gash, VP & CIO at Saint Luke’s Health System, Kansas City, Mo.; and Chris Gray, industry solutions manager for heathcare at Sprint Nextel.

FierceWireless Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek will host an intimate roundtable discussion as these executives answer tough questions about the pros and cons of incorporating mobile into the healthcare industry; progress being made to overcome some of the challenges; and lessons learned from early adopters of m-health. Of course, we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions.

The breakfast costs is $65. You can register and pay via a secure server at: http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/himssbreakfast.

I hope to see you at either or both events.

There’s going to be a blogger meet-up, too. I’ll have details in another post.

Oh, I am uploading this from 33,000 feet above Kansas, on a flight from Tucson to Chicago, thanks to the Wi-Fi service available on this plane. (Or is it considered downloading when the server is miles below you?) Talk about mobile!

February 11, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

About all my HIMSS meeting requests

I am sitting on several dozen e-mails requesting meetings at the upcoming HIMSS conference. Some of them have been in my inbox for nearly a month.

If you sent one, I promise I will respond before the end of this week. I can’t promise I’ll be able to accommodate every request, though.

February 3, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.