HIMSS10 says goodbye, with higher attendee stats
The annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2010 Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta March 1-4 attracted more health IT professionals, more vendors and more Interoperability Showcase activities than last year, according to HIMSS' preliminary figures.

As of March 4, the final day of the conference, registration tallied 27,855 attendees, compared with 27,627 at HIMSS09.
  • Professional registration outpaced 2009 by 8.5% with 13,846, compared to 12,766 registrants in this category in 2009.
  • Nearly 30% of registrants came from healthcare provider settings
  • 11% of registrants are chief information officers and chief technology officers; nearly 10% were CEOs
  • Almost 8% were from countries outside of the United States
In addition, the 2010 show included more than 300 education sessions on hot topics such as meaningful use standards, certification and criteria, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and government contributions to advancing health IT and nationwide electronic health records, and health IT privacy and security practices.

Both the show floor and vendor lineup also expanded, according to the society. HIMSS10 drew 934 exhibitors, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, which showed healthcare innovations, services and new product launches in more than 391,560 square feet of exhibit space. By comparison, there were 907 exhibitors at HIMSS09, displaying on 375,840 square feet of show floor. There were 289 new exhibitors at the 2010 show, up from 256 at HIMSS 2009.

At 25,000 square feet, the HIMSS10 Interoperability Showcase was the largest in show history, HIMSS said. Eighty-four participants demonstrated 96 unique systems, and more than 50 clinical scenarios highlighted a proposed metric for achieving meaningful use. This is a significant increase from 2009, when 72 participants demonstrated interoperability of 60 unique systems.

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 private sector.