From elaborate cooperative demonstrations on the exhibit floor to preconference workshops that turn into yearlong virtual learning networks, this years HIMSS Conference promises to help its attendees collaborate to get the full value of the information technology that theyre adopting at an unprecedented rate.
The show will help participants find ways to prove the value of HIT and heal the wounded expectations that have plagued EHRs during their national roll-out over the past few years, says Carla Smith, executive vice president for HIMSS North America and the overseer of HIMSS 2014. EHR proponents initially painted a rosier picture of their benefits than most providers could attain at the time. Promises have been broken and expectations have been missed, Smith says. When that happens, seeds of doubt are planted, and it becomes increasingly important to have accurate information. We now have a bolus of evidence because weve passed the tipping point of hospitals and clinical practices using health IT. We can be gathering data on the impact of that technology.
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