EMR Conference Thoughts

Posted on September 10, 2010 I Written By

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I’ve been really enjoying the EMR conference yesterday and look forward to it again today. I’m a bit tired from it all, but the people at the conference have been great. It’s pretty small in numbers, but I’ve enjoyed the small intimate crowd and the smart people I’ve met.

I’ve been talking to a lot of people who’ve asked if I’m going to various conferences. I’d like to go to more, but I must admit that it’s quite an expensive (financially and time) to go to a conference. I am planning to make the trek out to HIMSS 11 in Orlando and I posted the first HIMSS 11 keynote speakers on EMR and EHR.

I’ve got at least a dozen new blog topics from this conference that I’ll be posting soon. So, look forward to some good stuff over the next couple weeks.

If I had a quick takeaway from this conference so far, I’d say that I don’t think that we have an idea of the impact that healthcare reform can and will have on healthcare IT. There have been a number of people talking about in their presentations and in side conversations about the potential impact of healthcare reform. In fact, it seems like the uncertainty of it all might be the worst aspect. As one speaker said, In the face of uncertainty most people decide to do nothing. Sounds like the past year and a half in the EMR world, no?