Vince Ciotti, a consultant with HIS Professionals and an HDM blogger, has been around the HIT block a few times. And this year he’s bringing his stories of technology pioneers and notable flops to the HIMSS Conference during a Feb. 23 educational session titled “H.I.S.tory of the HIT Industry with Lessons for Today.”

The session, running from 1-2 pm., covers the past 40 years of the industry and touches on the successes and mistakes of the past, and what can be learned today from that history. HIT developments to be discussed include:

• Mainframes - which dominated the decade of the 60s and saw IBM as dominant in the BUNCH group, like Microsoft rules PCs today..

• Shared Systems - which proliferated in the 1970s with giants like SMS, McAuto, GE and Tymshare leading the field. 

• Minicomputers in the 1980s - when Meditech added financials and HBO started gobbling up everyone else.

• Microcomputers - in the 1990s, which saw bedside pioneers like PNUT, MedTake and HMDS steal the show.

In addition, Vince claims to have many amazing graphics of these pioneering systems and the people that made them tick. As an added treat, he's even giving the presentation on the same overhead transparencies he used back then--no PowerPoints.

--Greg Gillespie

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