The forthcoming HIMSS extravaganza is all about size. Who has the biggest, glitziest, most-easy-to-get- lost-in booth? How many educational sessions can you pack in during three or four or five, or can you imagine, six days? And if my inbox is any indication, the need of software vendors to conduct face-to-face visits has lost all sense of proportion. As of this afternoon, I have received more than 300 such meeting requests, and the last time my phone rang so often was during the last election, when I was pummeled with robo-calls (including several from Pres. Obama!)

There’s one HIMSS exhibit, however, that I will be sure to attend—and the organizers didn’t even bombard me with multiple invitations! That’s the Interoperability Showcase, a demonstration of how seemingly disparate information systems can indeed communicate with one another. I’ll be looking for Joyce Beck, the CEO of Thayer County Health Services. By way of comparison, this rural hospital will certainly be among the very smallest facilities represented.

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