HIMSS 2006 conference report.The annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS HIMSS Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society ) conference was held February 12--16, 2006 in San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , CA, with over 24,500 registrants. A pre-conference Nursing Informatics Nursing Informatics is a specialty of Health care informatics which deals with the support of nursing by information systems in delivery, documentation, administration and evaluation of patient care and prevention of diseases. (NI) Symposium--The Nurse Leader and the Digital Road to 2014--was sponsored by the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) in collaboration with HIMSS, with approximately 400 nurses in attendance. This figure represents about a 10% increase in attendance from last year's symposium according to according to
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3. Joyce Sensmeier, Director of Professional Services, HIMSS. As a member of the ANI, CARING participated on the symposium's organizing committee and CARING members were also well-represented as presenters at the HIMSS conference, speaking either the pre-conference or the main conference: Deborah Ariosto, Medford, NJ, Marion J Ball, Baltimore, MD, Curtis N. Dikes, West Hollywood, CA, Karen N. Fuller, Sarasota, FL, Rosemary Kennedy, Malvern, PA, Debra J. Konicek, Wauconda, IL, Judith A. Murphy, Milwaukee, WI, Ramona E. Nelson, Allison Park, PA, Susan K. Newbold, Columbia, MD, Leslie H. Nicoll, Portland, ME, Carol A. Romano, Columbia, MD, Loretta M. Schlachta-Fairchild, Frederick, MD, Joyce E. Sensmeier, LaGrange, IL.
A pre-Nursing Symposium half-day session was held on Saturday, with presentations on "Standardizing Terminology: An Introduction" presented by Debra Konicek, MN, RN, BC and "Basic Concepts in Understanding Databases" presented by Ramona Nelson, PhD, RN. On Sunday, Carol Romano, Rear Admiral USPHS USPHS United States Public Health Service.
United States Public Health Service , PhD, RN, delivered the opening session--"The Healthcare Partnership: Increasing Communication Among Professionals." One area of increased need for communication among professionals is related to the public health challenges for the 21st century. Some of these health challenges include globalization globalization
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation , advances in science and technology, and demographic transformations.
Patricia Dykes, RN, DNSc, Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN, BC, CPHIMSS, FHIMSS FHIMSS Fellow Healthcare Information Management System Society , and Judy Murphy, BSN BSN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing , RN presented on "The Impact of HIT on Interdiscplinary Communication in Acute Cares Settings: Results of a National Survey." They discussed the results of a national survey of health professionals conducted by the HIMSS NI Task Force. The survey identified participants' perceptions of changes in workflow and communication with the implementation of health information technologies (HIT). They then provided recommendations for designing and implementing HIT that will facilitate communication, workflow, and data capture and transfer to promote patient safety and efficient patient care.
Two simultaneous sessions included Track One--Operational Success--focused on the successes of implementing HIT, using structured terminology, improving patient outcomes with telehealth and personal health records, and benchmarking to quantify benefits in HIT implementations; and Track Two--2014 or Bust! focused on the future of technology and NI. Topics for this track included the evolution of the informatics nurse role, how technology can impact the nursing shortage, workflow, and practice across the care continuum, how to achieve successful implementations, and successful data exchange via regional health information networks.
Leah Curtin, RN, MA, MS, DSc(h), FAAN FAAN
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing , presented the closing session "The Future: Moving from Impossibility to Probability." She discussed what no one predicted but yet occurred, e.g., antibiotics, Viagra, and immunizations, and also pointed out that the CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) in 1950 could not imagine any way that the average person could use a computer. And now to think that in healthcare we have COWs (Computers on Wheels)! She also discussed what is in process now, biometrics, for example, and where we will go, including things that may not have even been thought of yet. One can only imagine!!
CARING's new banner was unfurled at the CARING table display at the symposium. It was a focal point focal point
See focus. for CARING members to connect and/or re-connect with other members and also attracted potential CARING members to visit the display, view the banner, and learn more about CARING. Hardcopies of the CARING newsletter were available to share with potential members.
Another CARING event at HIMSS 2006 was the annual CARING wine and cheese reception hosted by VasTech, Inc., Annapolis, MD at their booth on the exhibit floor. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with over 60 other CARING members, as well as others who stopped by, intrigued by the sudden throng of people at the VasTech booth. A very big 'Thank you' to Amery Every, Director of Implementation Services, and VasTech staff (CARING members Colleen Morris and Nancy Luft) for again hosting the wonderful reception.
Keynote speakers for the main HIMSS conference included Dr. David Brailer, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Tom Ridge, former secretary of Homeland Security, Mark Warner, former governor of Virginia The Governor of Virginia serves as the chief executive of the Commonwealth of Virginia for a four-year term. The position is currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine. Qualifications , Craig Barrett, Intel Corporation Chairman, and a panel of U.S. Congressmen: Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), and John Porter (R-NV). There were over 300 educational sessions, programs, workshops, and Views from Top presentations to meet the educational needs and interests of the diverse lot of attendees. Implementation of Electronic Health Records, evolution and maturation of Regional Health Information Organizations, evaluation of emerging technologies designed to increase patient safety and improve productivity, incorporation of standards to offer fully integrated healthcare systems, and customization of clinical information systems, as well as, presentations of disaster responses, discussions by international groups of their IT deployments, and clinical engineering sessions (e.g., RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) A data collection technology that uses electronic tags for storing data. The tag, also known as an "electronic label," "transponder" or "code plate," is made up of an RFID chip attached to an antenna. versus WiFi systems), were just some of the topics presented.
After nearly a week of wonderful speaker sessions, over 850 exhibits, and many networking events, the conference ended on a comedic note with the entertainment by Dana Carvey, as Church Lady and more.
HIMSS 2007 will be held February 25--March 1, 2007 in New Orleans, LA. Attendees were informed that New Orleans will be ready to host us next year with all the fine jazz, food, and ambiance am·bi·ance also am·bi·ence
The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment: "The noir ambience is dominated by low-key lighting . . . that are New Orleans. Another preconference NI Symposium is planned for February 24, 2007.
Amy K. Jacobs, MSN (1) (MicroSoft Network) A family of Internet-based services from Microsoft, which includes a search engine, e-mail (Hotmail), instant messaging (Windows Live Messaging) and a general-purpose portal with news, information and shopping (MSN Directory). , RN, BC
Susan K. Newbold, MS, RNBC, FAAN, FHIMSS