As a second year veteran with better shoes and more dedicated sleep hours, HIMSS14 had a much calmer, smoother tone for me. From a media perspective, that also seemed to be the case as well.
Last year, the CommonWell announcement took over the HIMSS13 press room and I found myself eagerly waiting for the same thing to happen.
By 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, it was clear there were going to be no surprises that would consume the media and news cycles like last year. Of course that’s not to say there were no major announcements. Here are a couple that caught my eye:
- CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner made it crystal clear that there would be absolutely no delays to the ICD-10 October 1 deadline. No shocker there but as Carl Natale of ICD-10 Watch notes, if end-to-end testing this summer reveals major issues, we may see some “creative deadlines.”
- CommonWell didn’t make waves like last year but did garner some attention around the addition of CVS Caremark as an Alliance member and also received some press around their interoperability progress (good summary by Jennifer Bresnick at EHRIntelligence.com).
- The hosting organization, HIMSS, pushed out a ton of great research as well that highlighted everything from workforce updates to the achievements (and barriers) that healthcare organizations have faced in implementing health IT and mobile health technologies. As usual, the Media Leadership Brunch was well attended with over 40 members of the press in attendance to hear the results of the 25th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey.
So “big news” wasn’t the theme for this year but with a record-breaking attendance of more than 38,000 attendees and 1,233 exhibiting companies, HIMSS14 was still plenty exciting and the conference healthycomms team had a blast. It’ll be interesting to see what HIMSS15 brings as we’ll be well past the ominous ICD-10 deadline. Chicago, here we come!
Disclosure: Please note, HIMSS is a SHIFT client.