For the first time in several years I am attending the annual HIMSS conference held this year in sunny Orlando. Arrived yesterday evening with my wife and we immediately found an outdoor patio to enjoy dinner in the warm breezes. A welcome respite from the cold Canadian winter!
The sheer size and scale of the HIIMSS conference never fails to impress me. This year a record number of people have chosen to attend; approximately 31K according to conference organizers. Based on stats that I gathered last summer for a post on the annual COACH eHealth conference (examining HIMMS and COACH conference stats over the past three years) it would appear that HIMSS conference attendance is up somewhere between 10% and 15%. I think that this increase reflects the excitement that increased spending on health IT has generated.
More to follow ….