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Top Takeaways From HIMSS 2013

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Top Sights at HIMSS 2013
Top Sights at HIMSS 2013

It wasn’t exactly Mardi Gras, but the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society did manage to attract 35,000 attendees, 14,000 medical professionals and 1,158 exhibitors to its 2013 event at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans last week with the tagline: “Health IT: Right Time. Right Place. It’s On.” Here’s some of what attendees heard and saw about the state of technology in medicine.

Making Headway
Making Headway

The health care industry is making remarkable progress in implementing Electronic Health Records. Close to 70 percent of health care CIOs surveyed by HIMSS say their organizations have qualified for the first stage of “Meaningful Use” of EHR, an incentive measure used by the U.S. government to push EHR adoption. 23 percent said they expected to get up to a $3 million ROI for reaching the milestone.

Spending on the Rise
Spending on the Rise

According to the HIMSS survey, roughly half of healthcare industry CIOs said their IT budgets would definitely increase this year, and another 29 percent said expenditures would likely go up. Just 15 percent said IT budgets would stay the same while 8 percent expect a decline.

Channel in Full Force
Channel in Full Force

Names familiar to solution providers were on ample display at HIMSS 2013, including Avnet Technology Solutions, which boasted its largest HIMSS display ever in a booth it shared with partners such as Logicalis, Polycom, MEDfx, Insight, and Perficient. The distributor stayed busy hosting partner meetings and showing off its health care provider portal, health care information exchange and enterprise health care analytics solutions, among other things.

Hot New Products
Hot New Products

The show was a lot more than wonky academia and survey results, of course. The show floor was filled with cool new tech from the likes of Agfa Healthcare, Awarepoint, Georgia-Pacific and Truven promising to power next-gen health care. The health care unit of Royal Philips Electronics made a big splash with its new Orb ICU monitoring dashboard and a collaboration with Vidyo on IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 for remote video monitoring of patients both in and out of the hospital.

Friends of Bill
Friends of Bill

Keynote speaker former President Bill Clinton rallied the health care IT faithful telling the assembled that health care costs are swelling the U.S.’s national debt and urging them leverage their skills and technology to bring America’s  health care costs “in line with other countries.”

“We need to manage information in ways we never have before so we can know what the heck we’re doing,” Clinton told an appreciative crowd.

Mixed Diagnosis
Mixed Diagnosis

Not all the HIMSS news was so rosy, however. The American College of Physicians released their own study at the event, showing user satisfaction with EHR systems fell 12 percent over the past two years. Nearly 40 percent of doctors would not recommend their EHR system to a colleague and 37 percent said they were dissatisfied with EHR usability. A third said they still hadn’t returned to the level of productivity they enjoyed before their EHR implementation.

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One Response to “Top Takeaways From HIMSS 2013”

  • Mike Tennity:

    Is there a .pdf or other form for the ‘Top HIMMS Takeaways’ article. This link does not appear to navigate well. Thanks.

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