As a first-time attendee at HIMSS this year (#HIMSS13), I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and depth of the experience—wall-to-wall innovation (everything from virtual hospitals, to physical bed technologies, to mobile phone security) in a space the size of eight football fields.
If I felt any disappointment, it was only at the relative lack of federal healthcare representation—a criticism I made at RSA last week as well. That said, there were enough federal executives, partners, and integrators at HIMSS to make the experience wholly worthwhile.
I was indoctrinated in the healthcare field about a year ago. The most difficult part was learning how to filter out the extraneous noise so that I could focus on the pressing issues for government.
Even now, I struggle to find clarity and consistency in the broader healthcare market. In practice, the infrastructure of "all things medical" is largely proprietary, which makes things more...