I’m still trying to dig out from last week’s HIMSS12 show, which was a rousing success from all quarters I spoke with. (The one notable sore point was the layout of the exhibit floors, which had a lot of people fuming, especially those who were stuck in Hall G, an unfinished basement that had me looking for the ping-pong table and keg the first time I went down the stairs.)

The big news was the release of the proposed Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, which finally hit the streets after an entire week of speculation and false sightings. But the overarching theme of the show was data sharing … how health information exchanges were emerging, along with ONC standards, and how data sharing was spreading across the continuum of care. The ancillary topic of readmissions came up more frequently in educational sessions and casual conversations than it ever has in the past, I’m guessing because of looming penalties from Medicare for provider sites that have readmission rates higher than national norms. (Avoiding readmissions is the topic of our March cover story, which will post to our site in a couple days.)

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