Yes, the annual cavalcade of boat-show sized booths and late night partying—interspersed with frequently mind-numbing presentations that most people skip— is on. In Chicago in a snowstorm! I touched down on Sunday midday and managed to compound the craziness in HIMSS by starting in London (thanks to American Airlines for the free upgrade this time!), but I did make it to bed before midnight. And yes, there was 3 inches of snow/slush in Chicago and I did throw snowballs.
Before I got in there appears to have been a rather odd session on Health 2.0 (at least judging by this report, it seems it was all about hospital marketing and excessive use of FaceBook which I don't think is the whole point).
Later today Jane Sarasohn Kahn, Julie Murchinson and me (If I can find the room) are part of a SIG—which I think means that there’s been a car crash—group on Health 2.0 in room W12ab. Sadly it’s opposite Doug Goldstein’s talk on Health 2020 which frankly I think will be lots more fun… (Doug’s talk is in Room S 100 a).
I missed Dennis Quaid’s keynote, but Michael Millenson’s view will be up on THCB shortly. Hint—Michael doesn’t think Dennis is mad enough.
My modus operandi this HIMSS is to wonder around meeting people armed with my flip cam (thanks to Missy Krasner for getting it to me!). So you’ll see a collection of vendors and other shakers on these very pages shortly. And the twitter hashtag is #himss09
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