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HIMSS ’12 Day 1: Buzz From The Show Floor

With the first full day of HIMSS ’12 in the books, we’re already getting a sense of how big and eventful the show is this year. 

Whether health IT is getting hotter or  Las Vegas draws a bigger crowd, the show is packed with more than 35,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors. Yesterday, our Schwartz MSL team on the show floor noted that at 6:00 p.m. throngs of people were trying to exit like a great migration of Wildebeests. Of course, this crowd feeds out into a sea of slot machines in the “health-friendly” smoke-filled hotel casino.
It’s clear from the size of the show that HCIT continues to progress and trends abound – from Meaningful Use and ACO to value-based pricing and ICD-10. In fact, several reports out yesterday illustrate strong technology adoption numbers. According to information by the National Center for Health Statistics, reported by Don Fluckinger of SearchHealthIT, 35 percent of U.S. physicians now are using either a basic or comprehensive EHR system. Separately, an Accenture study, “Connected Health: The Drive to Integrated Healthcare Delivery,” found that the U.S. leads in healthcare information technology use and adoption by physicians, with 62 percent of specialists using electronic tools to improve administrative efficiency (i.e., e-scheduling, e-billing) and 54 percent of U.S. primary doctors using e-prescribing to send prescriptions to pharmacies electronically.
Several Schwartz MSL clients are contributing to the buzz on the floor with new product, partnership and customer announcements. 
Circadence announced the industry’s first WAN optimization solutions for mobile deployments. For healthcare this means enhanced patient care with high-speed, secure and reliable transmission of data (whether EHRs or large data and image files) and access to critical information anytime, anywhere and on any device without the worry of impacting mandated security and compliance protocols. 
Certify Data Systems, Inc. announced a partnership with Healthcare Management Systems Inc.® (HMS), a provider of integrated clinical and financial healthcare applications. The partnership makes Certify’s HIE software and hardware available to HMS’ current and future customers and gives hospitals the means to electronically share patient information with providers regardless of which Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are being used.
Joslin Diabetes Center and American Well announced their intent to collaborate to bring telehealth services to patients nationwide, powered by American Well’s Online Care technology. This relationship is part of a Joslin technology initiative that will improve the lives of people with diabetes and its complications through innovative care, education and research. 
Clinical decision support and analytics provider DiagnosisOne will be participating in a HIMSS Knowledge Center lecture with one of its partners, Allscripts, during which the companies will discuss key clinical IT needs for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The session will take place on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Booth #6466.
Aside from news from leading technology vendors, the hottest topics at the show are centered on the timetable for ICD-10 compliance and Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines. 
And if you would like to speak with a Schwartz MSL representative, please contact Doug Russell or Thea Lavin, who are both at the show, at or 781-684-0770.
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