I’m getting through my third grueling day at HIMSS14 and if I hear anything else about “integrated communication platforms that connect all aspects of the care continuum and provide flexible tools for population health and the execution of value-based care …” I’m going to slit my own throat.

This year’s show, at least to the media, has become notable for its sheer, utter boredomness. Epic hasn’t bought General Motors, no one is demoing patient teleportation services and no stripper poles can be found in the exhibit hall. Or at least I haven’t found them yet. This year is Population Health and Accountable Care, and everyone’s using the same five or six words to explain that they’re doing. Connectivity. Risk Management. Patient Engagement. Communication Tools. Integration Platforms. Sigh. (HDM hasn’t been silent on this front: check out our features on building population health networks and making financial sense of out ACOs.)

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