HIMSS16: Building Leadership in Health IT, One Woman at a Time (Part 2)

HIMSS16: Building Leadership in Health IT, One Woman at a Time (Part 2)

This is the second of two parts; read the first part here. Above, left to right: Carla Smith, Deanna Wise and Sue Schade in the "Shattering the Glass Ceiling" session at HIMSS16; p ...

HIMSS16: Building Leadership in Health IT, One Woman at a Time (Part 1)

HIMSS16: Building Leadership in Health IT, One Woman at a Time (Part 1)

This post is the first of two parts; read the conclusion here. Above: #HealthITChicks Tweetup at HIMSS16, photo courtesy of HIStalk Digital Diva Jenn Dennard. Recently, I was catch ...

HIMSS16: CMS throws down health data interoperability gauntlet

HIMSS16: CMS throws down health data interoperability gauntlet

The talk is over for health IT vendors as The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) steps up efforts to pivot U.S. healthcare to value-based care and away from fee-for-s ...

HIMSS16: Get on the health data interoperability train, or be left behind

HIMSS16: Get on the health data interoperability train, or be left behind

At this year’s Health Information Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference, health data interoperability is in the air, building on the watershed HIMSS of 2013 – when ...

HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Freelancer Ken Terry offers his hot news tips, pitching advice

HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Freelancer Ken Terry offers his hot news tips, pitching advice

A rare keynote by the HHS Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, kicks off the Health Information Management Systems Society’s 2016 conference and exhibition in Las Vegas next week, followed b ...

#HIMSS16: Education, Exhibition and Networking – Part 2

#HIMSS16: Education, Exhibition and Networking – Part 2

Attending the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition can be daunting. The arrival of a small city within the “entertain ...

HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Editor Rajiv Leventhal on hot stories, crafting the perfect pitch

HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Editor Rajiv Leventhal on hot stories, crafting the perfect pitch

More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals will be represented in Las Vegas at the Health Information Management Systems Society’s 2016 conference and exhibition later this month, acco ...

You do what?

While watching CNBC recently I was amused to see the host introduce a software CEO by reading the company's tagline (the typical cliche-ridden gibberish about being the leading provider of something complicated). At the end of the introduction, the host paused, smiled slightly and said, with a chuckle in his voice, "What does that mean?" Ouch - what a way to start an interview! Too many executives ...

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The Golden Rule Applies to Media Interviews

I took part in a meeting yesterday where the CEO and Marketing VP of a client repeatedly referred to the outlets they want to appear in as "rags." This is pretty common in the business world - it's also a big mistake. Unless your last name is Gates, no reporter is all that jazzed to talk to you. Reporters are looking for good stories - you are simply a means to an end. Similarly, the reporter is a ...

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SOA, EDA, SOBA, SODA, mSA – enough already!!

Since its inception in July of 1968, 188 countries have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. While the treaty has not led to the elimination of nuclear weapons, it has focused international attention on the need to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. The world of IT could use an Acronym Non-proliferation Treaty (I'll resist the urge to label this ANT - that would make me the first violator of the ag ...

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Middleware – it isn’t that bad!

"'Middleware' is one of those subject matters, like 'colonoscopy,' that makes me flee in horror."That quote comes from an e-mail exchange I had with a veteran business technology reporter at the Boston Globe in 2001. Not much has changed since that time - at least in the way people regard software development and middleware. With so many exciting things happening in other areas of technology today ...

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