As I mentioned in a prior post, the air was full of dedicated and influential healthcare participants and individuals. I wanted to just take a short moment to acknowledge and say thank you to all of those individuals who made time for some very influential brainstorming and informative conversations. My special thanks to Dr. Bill Crounse and Hemang Patel from Microsoft for sharing some of their time. The Microsoft booth was absolutely "slammed" with visitors at all times and for both of them to spend some time discussing Tablets and mobility was truly appreciated, and Dr. Crounse greeted me as the "Medical Quack" upon my introduction...thank you so much for reading the blog...you are so right in stating the "ducks are in the same pond" (no pun intended). I still relate back to what I felt was one of the most influential videos with Dr. Crounse, made back in 2005 showing Overlake hospital using tablets and other new technologies at the time, with real doctors and IT staff talking informally and informatively about how it really works and comes together at the hospital level and look how far we have come by today's standards.
Dr. David Winn, founder and CEO of E-MDs was another individual I spoke with and shared ideas to which I owe a big thank you, a physician who founded the company and created the software; today e_MDs has a great reputation as one of the most "physician popular and driven" electronic records system. Bob Larsen and the folks at NextGen, also had a great booth and offered some additional brainstorming efforts and ideas. The folks at the Department of Defense fully discussed electronic records and the importance of mobility. E-ClinicalWorks also had a great booth and educational series set up. Many of the electronic records folks I have known from EMR Update, a website where we all come together as vendors, physicians, programmers, medical billers, etc. and discuss electronic records and their evolution and work together in open forums for the advancement for better healthcare for all through the use of electronic medical records.
Again, thanks to all for their valuable time at HIMMS and I really felt this year everyone had their sleeves rolled up and we were all were actively down in the trenches working towards the goal of better health care IT technology for all.