Recently, doctors, hospital administrators, healthcare IT directors and thought leaders, met in Las Vegas during the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Ranked as one of the largest health information technology conferences in the United States, HIMSS is a huge educational event in the healthcare IT space, and a great environment for healthcare IT workers and vendors alike to discuss current industry challenges.
Top news highlights of HIMSS12 included the announcement of the government’s Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules. The announcement was the topic of keynote speaker Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) presentation.
Mobile technology was another top highlight of the conference; it was reported that mHIMSS tracks and sessions on subjects like smart phone usage in HIT, received standing room audiences. In a Healthcare Technology Online article, Editor in Chief Ken Congdon agreed that providing clinicians with the ability to perform more job duties at the point of care or while on the move, was a big HIMSS focus.