Today I was preparing a proposal to have my work send me to the HIMSS 08 conference. As part of that proposal I used the list of Keynote Speakers as a little justification as to why this conference would be incredibly interesting and useful for my job.
As I looked over the list I was impressed to see that Eric Schmidt is doing a keynote at HIMSS. Then it dawned on me that HIMSS would be the perfect place to announce Google’s launch into the healthcare industry with Google Health. We know it’s coming or why else would they have put up a Google Health beta page and then taken it down.
Anyone have any inside information that this is the case? If it is, then I’m even more interested in being there to hear the announcement.
If I’m able to make it, then I’ll have plenty to do. I’ll have some great meet ups with many people from the EMR Update forums. I’m sure there will be a meet up of Healthcare IT bloggers like there has been at past HIMSS conferences. I can’t find the link now, but I’m sure I’ll find it if I go. I’ll also be certain to catch up with Naveen and the team at DoctorsPartner. I also told Nick from EMR Update that I’d bring my eee with its built in video camera and make sure to capture some interviews with some people. That would be pretty fun.
Anyone else planning to go to the HIMSS conference?
UPDATE: Neil Versel blogged the following info about Eric Schmidt at HIMSS
As for Google, CEO Eric Schmidt is delivering a keynote at next week’s HIMSS conference, and actually is holding a 30-minute press conference afterwards. The Internet search giant also is throwing a cocktail party next Tuesday, with the theme, “Home is Where the Heart Is.” The invite says, “Come meet the health team at Google and learn more about what we’re working on.” About all I expect to learn from the secretive company is who actually works for Google (I know a couple of people already) and whether the bartender can mix a dry vodka martini.