Today, my usual Public Sector focus shifts slightly to the Healthcare Industry, a closely related area with its government funding and social issues.
Last month, Las Vegas, Nevada hosted the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference, the largest Healthcare Information Systems Conference in the United States. More than 30,000 people joined CIBER and our business partners for our 11th appearance at the conference.
The Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition offered attendees a variety of educational opportunities. The more than 300 education sessions covered topics that included economic stimulus, globalization, and regulatory compliance. Other sessions and exhibits focused on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and its meaningful use, quality, certification, and interoperability, as well as effective techniques for negotiating health IT contracts. In addition, the interactive exhibit floor offered help with current industry challenges. This year’s keynote speakers including Biz Stone, founder of Twitter; Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; and Terry Moran, NIGHTLINE anchor.
The HIMSS attendees represented the entire spectrum of healthcare provision, with exhibits including provider, payer, clinical, management, and administrative solutions. New technology, systems integration, back office, and personnel discussions were evident everywhere. And the Conference offered virtually any and all new healthcare technology for examination.
CIBER’s participation in HIMSS provided us with many opportunities to collaborate among our business units, our partners, and especially our clients. This conference brings important value to our Healthcare clients as we converse with them about their needs and the project outcomes they desire. These client conversations, as well as discussions with our partners and business units, assist us in providing more and better solutions.