HIMSS 08 | Innovation with Shared Vision

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If you’re in health IT, it’s likely you’re headed to Orlando, Fla., this month for the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. And you’ll be in good company—attendance numbers are 17 percent ahead of last year’s total of 24,000+, and growing. The number of exhibitors, including 200 first-timers, is likely to hit 900, filling more than 400,000 net square feet of exhibit space—also a jump from last year. Adding to those numbers are more than 300 educational sessions—in all, there’s plenty of information to manage.

New this year – MyHIMSS08

So what’s the solution to managing all the new information at HIMSS? Look to MyHIMSS08, a new web tool that generates personalized conference agendas for attendees to manage the information. HIMSS launched MyHIMSS08, an online filtering tool, which allows attendees to explore educational sessions, and potential products and services that exclusively match their area of interest or job role prior to conference. Simply select an area of interest or job role from the list of categories on the HIMSS08 homepage, himssconference.org. After one mouse-click, MyHIMSS08 creates a customized conference agenda.

Showcase on interoperability

Returning is the Interoperability Showcase, the interactive HIMSS health information exchange (HIE)-based environment. The showcase highlights the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) common framework for delivering interoperability across local, regional and national health exchanges, offering real-world clinical scenarios enabled by the standards-based IHE framework. Attendees can trace their own personalized medical record.