HIMSS13 preview: The buzz from around the Web

From federal government initiatives to mobile healthcare, the news coming out of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference is sure to be plentiful. Around the Web, those who will be attending the show are already buzzing about ICD-10, Meaningful Use, patient privacy, health IT safety and more.

In addition to writing about several federal sessions taking place at the show, HealthcareInfoSecurity's Marianne Kolbasuk McGee highlights three notable privacy and security sessions, including one that focuses on the security challenges associated with patient electronic health record portals. The session features presenters Adam Greene, a partner at law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, and Mayo Clinic Privacy Officer Jacki Monson.

Brian Dolan of MobiHealthNews outlines three trends he'll be following at HIMSS, including how providers will approach the patient engagement requirement for Meaningful Use, and whether any tablet makers and smartphone companies can challenge Apple in the healthcare space. Regarding the latter topic, FierceMobileHealthcare editor Greg Slabodkin says in his most recent commentary that despite several new mobile offerings hitting the market of late, competitors to Apple face an uphill battle.

In a pair of articles, Health Data Management's Joseph Goedert and Elizabeth Gardner highlight sessions that will focus on the collision between the ICD-10 and Meaningful Use initiatives and startups in healthcare, respectively. The former session, Goedert writes, is set for March 3 at the ICD-10 Symposium, and aims to help attendees understand how ICD-10 and Meaningful Use will impact each other long term. The latter, according to Gardner, gives attendees a peek into the world of "crazy tinkerers" in the health IT industry.

Freelancer Neil Versel, meanwhile, vows to focus his coverage on efforts to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors. "I am sick of the excuses for why healthcare can't fix its broken processes," he writes in Meaningful HIT News. "Yes, we need to bring costs down and increase access to care, too, but we can make a big dent on those fronts by creating incentives to do the right thing instead of doing the easy thing." 

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