As another HIMSS Conference wraps up, it’s time to reflect on the overall perceptions of all that was seen and experienced. This always takes me some time. As an editor, I’ve almost invariably gotten this question, usually at one of my first Monday morning meetings at the conference: “So, what are you hearing at HIMSS this year?”

It’s the dreaded question—I’m forced to make up an answer that seems educated, even when I can barely remember where my hotel is. “Let’s see, what I am hearing…well, the exhibit hall is the size of six aircraft carriers; people are getting hungry at odd hours and falling asleep while standing in the line at Starbucks; everyone wants to win a big prize on the show floor and go home. Yes, I believe those are my main observations.”

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