Last weekend in Dallas we had the perfect “open your windows and air out the house” weather. Like I do every Spring, I turn off the air, turn the radio up, bring out my paper towels and Windex® and go to work cleaning and organizing the numerous “projects” around the house.
The organized chaos of Spring cleaning always amuses me – juggling the many different efforts at once – however, it is one of the few activities that rival in its ability to inspire and refresh a mood.
As many of you are likely aware, the annual HIMSS conference began in Orlando this weekend as well, so while doing my housework I decided to follow along the tweets tagged with #HIMSS11 to get a play-by-play of the conference activities.
This year, the discussions around the HIMSS conference remind me of a type of “Spring cleaning.” The activities around HIMSS have taken the approach to proactively organize projects while throwing away outdated or useless items with a clear energy and optimism for the year ahead.
Topics being “refreshed” include:
Meaningful Use – How is Meaningful Use Stage 1 affecting the current program and what is in store for Stage 2 and Stage 3?
ACO (Accountable Care Organizations) – Another three letters in the proverbial “alphabet soup” of health IT reflecting some changes in health care reform and attempting to integrate health IT initiatives into our current health system.
Social Media – Why does health IT care about social media? Honestly, how can it not?
ICD-10 – Will it happen?
My HIMSS adventure starts tomorrow and I hope the energy I’ve been following the last few days translates into the physical conference. Stay tuned later this week on an update regarding HL7 Standards’ guest appearance in the Social Media Center.