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HIMSS 2006 conference report.

The annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference was held February 12--16, 2006 in San Diego, CA, with over 24,500 registrants. A pre-conference Nursing Informatics (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 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, 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, advances in science and technology, and demographic transformations.


Patricia Dykes, RN, DNSc, Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN, BC, CPHIMSS, FHIMSS, and Judy Murphy, BSN, 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, 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 of IBM 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 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, 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 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 that are New Orleans. Another preconference NI Symposium is planned for February 24, 2007.


Amy K. Jacobs, MSN, RN, BC

Susan K. Newbold, MS, RNBC, FAAN, FHIMSS
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Title Annotation:Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Author:Jacobs, Amy K.; Newbold, Susan K.
Publication:CARING Newsletter
Article Type:Conference notes
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2006
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