Improving Patient Care with Health IT Drives Attendees
HIMSS Sees 9
Percent Increase in Professional Registration, Compared to HIMSS09, at the
Largest Annual Healthcare IT Event in the U.S.
CHICAGO (March 12, 2010) — The Healthcare Information and Management Systems
(HIMSS) today announced preliminary registration figures for its 2010 Annual HIMSS Conference &
in Atlanta, Ga. from March 1-4. As the largest healthcare
information technology conference in the U.S., HIMSS10 brought together health
IT professionals, clinicians and exhibiting companies who are striving to
improve the delivery of patient care with health information technology.
Following is an updated registration report as of March 4, 2010, the final day
of the conference.
compared to 27,627
at HIMSS09, healthcare industry experts learning
the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT.
registration outpaced 2009 by 8.5% with 13,846, compared to 12,766 in
2009, registrants in this category
30% of those registering come from healthcare provider settings
- 11% of
registrants are CIO and CTOs; nearly 10% are CEOs
- Almost 8%
are from countries outside of the United States
: More than 300
on hot topics, such as Meaningful Use standards,
certification and criteria, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and
government contributions to advancing health IT, and the need for nationwide
electronic health records, and health IT privacy and security practices.
, compared to
at HIMSS09, exhibiting companies – from Fortune 500 to start-ups
– showcasing their latest healthcare innovations and new product launches
in over 391,560 sq. ft. of occupied exhibit space
25,000 sq. ft. and the largest ever, the HIMSS10 Interoperability Showcase had
84 different participants that demonstrated 96 unique systems. The more than 50
clinical scenarios highlighted a proposed metric for achieving Meaningful Use.
New this year was the collaboration between the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase
and the Federal Health Architecture, featuring “A Path to Improved Care:
Communities CONNECTing to the NHIN,” demonstrating advanced technology
that allows the exchange of information between government entities and the
Certification Process: At HIMSS10, Dr. David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National
Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of the Notice of Proposed Rule
Making (NPRM) for the HHS Certification Process. As outlined
in ARRA, the NPRM establishes steps for: a) organizations to be authorized by
ONC as certifying bodies, and b) EHR technology companies to get their products
certified against Meaningful Use criteria.
In addition to Dr. Blumenthal’s keynote address, other
keynote sessions featured presentations by: Dan Hesse, Chief Executive Officer
of Sprint Nextel Corporation; Sanjay Gupta, MD, Senior Medical Correspondent at
CNN; Harry Markopolos, the Certified Fraud Investigator who spoke about
Medicare fraud; and Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III, the pilot
who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River and founded Safety
The next HIMSS Conference & Exhibition will be Feb. 21
– 24, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Visit www.himssconference.org
for more information.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
(HIMSS) is a comprehensive healthcare-stakeholder membership organization
exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of
information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of
healthcare. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels,
Singapore, and other locations across the United States, HIMSS represents more
than 23,000 individual members, of which 73% work in patient care delivery
settings. HIMSS also includes over 380 corporate members and nearly 30
not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare
through the effective use of information technology and management systems.
HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through
its educational, professional development, and advocacy initiatives designed to
promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring
quality patient care. Visit www.himss.org
for more information.
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