The Health Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) holds one of the best attended Health IT trade shows in the world. This year’s event was in Atlanta, Georgia, a beautiful and welcoming southern city. Atlanta is so welcoming that on Tuesday, during the Canadian Consulate Breakfast the city provided snow flurries, making all of us Canadians feel at home.
There were several innovative Canadian companies at HIMSS, promoting the capabilities we have here in the Great White North. While the US health IT market is significantly different from what we have in Canada we can learn a great deal from the US, just as we can provide our Canadian experience and expertise to US companies and eHealth initiatives.
Not surprisingly the most popular topic at HIMSS is interoperability. The interoperability showcase highlights the need for system to system connectivity.
While the debate on health care reform continues the investment in Health IT is growing. More and more doctors are implementing EHR and EMRs. The ARRP and HITECH funding is making it possible for technology to be applied to the healthcare industry.
Hospitals, RHIOs, Clinics, Doctors and payer organizations are actively pursuing solutions to save money and improve healthcare delivery. Everything that is related to Health IT is needed. HIMSS provides the ideal trade show for these buyers to see the best there is to offer.
Next year’s HIMSS Trade Show will be in Orlando, Florida. A message for Orlando, as a Canadian coming to HIMSS in Florida in February, no need for snow.