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Starting Sunday, February 10th and running through Friday, February 15th, HIMSS2019 Orlando did not fail to exceed expectations.

Let’s start with the bombshell Monday. The 724 and 251 page rule releases set the tone for the week.

“This proposed rule would implement certain provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including conditions and maintenance of certification requirements for health information technology (health IT) developers under the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Program), the voluntary certification of health IT for use by pediatric health care providers, and reasonable and necessary activities that do not constitute information blocking.

 

The implementation of these provisions would advance interoperability and support the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. The proposed rule would also modify the 2015 Edition health IT certification criteria and Program in additional ways to advance interoperability, enhance health IT certification, and reduce burden and costs.”

Interoperability would be King this week.

Tuesday’s keynote gave us all a rallying point with excellent discourse between Aneesh Chopra, Karen DeSalvo, Mike Leavitt and Seema Verma each taking turns praising the work of the others, and highlighting the synergy and cooperation (a rarity in today’s political climate) between them all.

All 45,000+ attendees then embarked on a path of learning in the hundreds of learning sessions, demos and roundtables the rest of the week.

 

A few Highlights:

 

  • FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) in a title would guarantee a full session.
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  • Interoperability and especially the Interoperability Showcase became a point of focus for many attendees
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  • Population Health and Value-Based Care were just a popular as always, with many new innovations
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  • Clinical Outcomes, Practice Patterns and Advanced Analytics driving new insights in them, found favor with many
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  • Cybersecurity, AI and Machine Learning all brought new features for all
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  • Congratulations to the new Stage-7 Hospitals
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  • Health2.0 brought innovative startups and venture capitalists together. Healthcare is getting an increasing Innovation boost

Friday ended with Mick Ebeling’s Not Impossible Labs innovations making us all question why we look at complicated problems in complicated ways instead of finding our “1 person”, committing, and delivering until we deliver a solution.

HIMSS continues to be a flagship for sharing, learning and innovation.