2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is the largest in the information technology field in the U.S. and features:

  • More than 29,000 healthcare industry experts are expected to attend HIMSS11 and learn about the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT.
    • The number of registrants from hospitals and health networks has increased by approximately 28% from 2010.
    • Total professional registration is outpacing 2010 registration by approximately 30%.
  • More than 300 education sessions on hot topics such as meaningful use standards, certification and criteria, ARRA and government contributions to advancing health IT, the need for nationwide electronic health records, and health IT privacy and security practices. Find out more about pre-conference symposia, including 5010 & ICD-10, HIE, Physicians’ IT and more at http://www.himssconference.org/education/symposia.aspx
  • More than 900 exhibiting companies – from Fortune 500 to start-ups – showcasing their latest healthcare innovations and new product launches in over 380,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and member of President Obama’s economic transition board.
  • The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, and David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michael J. Fox, Actor and Founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
  • Richard Boyd, Chief Architect for Lockheed Martin Virtual World Labs

Find out more about the lineup of top government speakers at HIMSS11.


Informative Sessions and New, Innovative Technology:

The HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase exhibit provides a full landscape of health IT solutions, live demonstrations of interoperability, and educational opportunities that connect thousands of health IT buyers and end-users to answer your most complex health IT questions. The Showcase will be located in Exhibit Booth #7343 in Hall E during extended showroom hours. For more information, please see the HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase online at http://www.himssconference.org/exhibition/interop.aspx.

The HIMSS Medical Banking Project will host the second G7 roundtable discussion during the 9th National Medical Banking Institute and announce its collaboration with the World Bank. This roundtable will examine the new federal effort to implement operating rules in conjunction with HIPAA-mandated electronic health data transactions. All HIMSS members can register for this event by visiting: https://www.compusystems.com/jsp/AttendeeReg/HIMSS11/HIMSSRegistration.htm.

New HIMSS Latino Initiative will work to identify information technology solutions to improve the quality of healthcare, increase access to care, and reduce the cost of healthcare among the United States’ growing Hispanic population. Estimated at 16 percent today, by the year 2050, 30 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be Hispanic/Latino. During HIMSS11, the HIMSS Latino Initiative will host a complimentary program featuring a keynote speech by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello, panel discussions on health disparities and overcoming barriers to health IT adoption in the Hispanic community, and a networking reception. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.himss.org/advocacy/about_latinoInitiative.asp.

New conferences within HIMSS11:

HIT X.0: Beyond the Edge: This conference offers sessions throughout HIMSS11 on emerging technologies, innovation in IT and other advances, all focused to help attendees learn more about the future of patient care today. There are 12 interactive sessions that include panel discussions, a contest to identify the most innovative technology, an agile programming demonstration, and educational opportunities all offered through the week. Visit http://www.himssconference.org/x0/default.aspx to learn more.

Leading from the Future: A Thought Leadership Event on ACOs: This conference offers six presentations on the topic of Accountable Care Organizations to give provider executives the chance to learn about the issues – and IT ramifications – connected to the transformation of accountable care. Topics covered include ACO qualification criteria, payment methodologies and incentives, and performance measurement and reporting. Presenters include executives at provider organizations who have made the transition to accountable care. The conference begins Wed., Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. and ends Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. Visit http://www.himssconference.org/future/ for more information.

Editor’s Note: For more information, visit www.himssconference.org. All HIMSS11 news may be viewed and downloaded at http://press.himss.org.


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. Visit our website at www.himss.org to learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause.

Accountable Care and the ACO will be “Glued Together With Technology”

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After the recent election, there is a certain buzz around Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and their projected impact upon Healthcare Reform.  The establishment of ACOs is part of the Affordable Care Act’s long and varied history.  The ideas behind the development of ACOS are drawn from the need to significantly reduce Healthcare costs, increase quality of outcomes and offset rising prices.  The proposed means of attaining these goals include incentive programs and meaningful technological integration.  These provider organizations, which are community-centric and operate heavily within the depleting government Healthcare programs, are seen as the most viable candidates to become ACOs.   ACOs are becoming defined as any one large organization, existing system or cluster of smaller organizations partnering as a networked, technology-driven care system with competitive and incentivized markets.  ACOs will be created around quality, cost control and tracking care outcomes.  These outcomes will be monitored and maintained by EHRs. Continue reading: Accountable Care and the ACO will be “Glued Together With Technology”

EHR Scope Q&A With Justin Barnes of Greenway Medical Technologies

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Electronic Health Records HIT Greenway

What is your history with Greenway?

I have been with Greenway for over seven years as the Vice President of Marketing, Corporate Development and Government Affairs. My other major title is Chairmen Emeritus of the EHR Association.

When I graduated, I went to work for HBO & Company.  They merged in 1999 with McKesson.   After working at HBO & Co., four associates and I left to form Healinx.  McKesson later acquired Healinx and renamed it RelayHealth. I was not active in the organization at that time, but I was a shareholder.  McKesson RelayHealth is much larger today.

That brings me up to my present position.  Greenway has grown fairly substantially while I have been present, so it has been a wonderful opportunity. Continue reading: EHR Scope Q&A With Justin Barnes of Greenway Medical Technologies

AMA Establishes New Principles for Accountable Care Organizations

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CHICAGO – New principles for the development and operation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) became American Medical Association (AMA) policy this week at the organization’s semi-annual policy-making meeting. ACOs are an emerging model of patient care designed to provide high-quality patient care in an efficient manner.

The AMA’s new principles emphasize that ACOs must be physician-led, place patients’ interest first, ensure voluntary physician and patient participation and enable independent physicians to participate.

“The AMA is committed to ensuring physicians in all practice sizes can lead and participate successfully in new models that allow them to provide the best care to their patients,” Dr. Wilson said. “For this to happen, significant barriers must be addressed, including a lack of resources, existing antitrust rules and conflicting federal policies.”

During a recent joint government agency meeting, AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, MD. testified that there should be enough flexibility for physicians in all practice sizes to participate in ACOs. Although ACOs and other models of patient care were recently authorized in the new health reform law, existing antitrust and fraud rules can make becoming part of an ACO difficult for physicians, especially those in small practices. According to the latest AMA Physician Practice survey, 78 percent of office-based physicians in the United States work in practices with nine physicians or less. A majority of those are in either solo practices or practices of 2 to 4 physicians.

The AMA is developing resources for physicians to help them make informed participation decisions about ACOs. Physicians can find the tools they need to successfully participate and lead new initiatives, like accountable care organizations, on the AMA Web site at: www.ama-assn.org/go/paymentpathways.