Like most kinds of technology, health IT evolves and changes. Likewise for the HIMSS conference. This year, it's fairly clear what the central theme is going to be: meaningful use.
Still, there are some new elements to the HIMSS conference in 2010. Notably, the agenda includes a series of sessions on health IT in the life sciences, touching on such subjects as integrating quality into EMRs, clinical decision support--both key elements of meaningful use--and the new horizon of personalized, predictive medicine.
HIMSS also will be playing up its relationship with the Medical Banking Project, starting with "Medical Banking Boot Camp" for four hours on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28 (for an extra registration fee of $140). Part of the main conference is a session on Wednesday, March 3, at 2:15 p.m., called "Medical Banking: An Emerging Strategy to Improve Global Healthcare," hosted by Al Briand, senior VP of global treasury services at Bank of New York Mellon.
The Medical Banking Project will have a booth on the exhibit floor, too.