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HIMSS registration nears 30,000

Some new statistics from HIMSS are out this morning:

From the press release:

More than 29,000 healthcare industry experts are expected to attend HIMSS11 and learn about the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT.

  • The number of registrants from hospitals and health networks has increased by approximately 28% from 2010.
  • Total professional registration is outpacing 2010 registration by approximately 30%.

More than 900 exhibiting companies – from Fortune 500 to start-ups – showcasing their latest healthcare innovations and new product launches in over 380,000 square feet of exhibit space.

So, we’re looking at record attendance that may in fact top 30,000 by the time the actual conference rolls around in late February. For the record, I booked about three weeks ago and was able to find a round-trip flight from Chicago to Orlando for less than $300 and a decent hotel room with free breakfast and Wi-Fi (pre-requisites for me) 0.6 miles from the convention center for less than $100 a night. I wonder what kinds of deals are still available? I stayed at the Caribe Royale for a previous HIMSS in Orlando. It’s a nice place, but the 6-mile trip on the conference shuttle buses took as long as 45 minutes during peak times. You don’t want that.

January 24, 2011 I Written By

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

Can you handle Extormity’s truth?

Just a couple weeks after I launched my own YouTube channel (still sparsely populated), fictional EHR vendor Extormity has done the same. Coincidence?

Here, Extormity senior executive Frederick “The Colonel” Youngblood testifies before a panel investigating EHR implementation practices. Gotta love movie parodies!

Seriously, though, if Extormity is such a profit machine, how come this video isn’t even available in high quality, much less high definition? Even I have an HD camera.

January 20, 2011 I Written By

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

An EMR in ‘Dilbert’

Did you happen to catch Tuesday’s “Dilbert”? Could this be the first documented use of an EMR in a major comic strip?

Dilbert.com

January 11, 2011 I Written By

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

HIMSS back in Chicago, as is ignorance about health IT

According to the Chicago Tribune, HIMSS will join with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Monday morning to announce that the organization will put the Windy City back in its rotation for its massive annual conference.

As you may recall, Chicago-based HIMSS pulled its 2012 event from its hometown, citing high labor and materials costs for vendors at the McCormick Place convention center. Instead, HIMSS12 will be held in Las Vegas.

The conference has outgrown smaller venues in places like San Diego and Dallas, and only five cities currently have enough exhibit space and hotel rooms to accommodate the 27,000 attendees and more than 900 exhibitors: Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla. (host of HIMSS11), Atlanta and New Orleans. I understand the conference won’t return to New Orleans for a while because there aren’t enough service workers in that hurricane-ravaged city. If you attended HIMSS07 in the Big Easy, you probably remember long waits at understaffed restaurants.

If you clicked on the above link to the Tribune story, you may have noticed that the paper calls the conference a “medical” meeting. At the risk of sounding nitpicky, I need to know why people outside healthcare can’t distinguish between the industry of healthcare and the practice of medicine. Health IT is a tool to support medicine, but it’s not medicine in and of itself. HIMSS is a healthcare event. It’s a technology event. It’s not a medical meeting.

UPDATE: The 2015 and 2019 HIMSS conferences will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

January 9, 2011 I Written By

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

Commentary on media coverage of telemedicine

Let’s face it, the mainstream media mostly suck when it comes to covering health IT. (They suck even more for not realizing it and not giving me the time of day when I pitch a freelance story to them.)

I tried unsuccessfully to place an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today about misunderstanding of what telemedicine and telehealth really mean. But one publication near and dear to the hearts of editors everywhere, Columbia Journalism Review, published my commentary today. Click here to read it. And pass it on to any editors you may know.

While you’re at it, let other journalists know about a piece I had published last year offering tips for journalists covering EHRs and related health IT topics. It’s over on the site of the Reporting on Health project at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

January 6, 2011 I Written By

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

Read me at MobiHealthNews

I’m back on the mobile health beat as a contributor to MobiHealthNews. Check the site tomorrow morning and sign up for the weekly e-mail newsletter, which gets sent every Thursday. On alternating weeks, I’ll be providing commentary and conducting interviews with newsmakers. I’ll also be contributing news stories.

I should have another commentary of mine in another publication to link tomorrow. Stay tuned.

January 5, 2011 I Written By

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

Welcome to my YouTube channel

First came blogging, then podcasting. Now I’m venturing into vodcasting with my very own YouTube channel.

Here’s my first short video, with me cleaning out my filing cabinet and riffing on the evolution of the health IT industry over the last 10 years, focusing on Physician Micro Systems. The company, which dates to 1983, changed its name to Practice Partner and later was bought by McKesson.

The video is in HD, thanks to my new Kodak PlaySport ZX3 camera (no, I didn’t get the purple). I may be a bit hard to hear when not looking at the camera because the microphone is built into the camera. At least there’s not a lot of background noise. I’m learning, and the videos will get better.

So, without further ado, here is my short video.

Now, who wants to teach me how to embed ads in the videos so I can make a little money with it? The blog and the podcasting sure don’t produce much income.

January 4, 2011 I Written By

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