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#HIMSS16 Day 2 buzz: It starts with interoperability (will it get serious about security?)

Also, HIMSS shows the JP Morgan crowd how its done, HISTalkapalooza highlights and more updates from the show floor.


HIMSS always makes big news and this year the government took the spotlight. The interoperability announcement was the exclamation point at the end of HIMSS Day 1. Though we should all remember: health IT veterans don’t buy hope so easily.

I am still wondering: will we get past just talk on cybersecurity? So far, it’s been more talk than action: some handy feedback from the Poneman Institute; the standard let’s cooperate messaging; and a been-there-heard-that talk about medical device cybersecurity. Where’s the (security) beef!!!

HIMSS to the rest of healthcare: This ain’t JP Morgan

Some promising announcements on the diversity front at HIMSS: the Women in Health IT Roundtable on is planning several initiatives, starting with an Annual Most Influential Women in Health IT Award to recognize influential women at all stages of their health IT careers.

HIMSS nerdiness in full bloom

An estimated 23.6 percent of HIMSS attendees went back to their hotel rooms and tried this dance in the mirror.

Other headlines of note

  • #HIMSS16: Betting on ways to build better apps – Days of Futures Past
  • The Regina Holliday HIMSS Walking Gallery starts at 2 pm Tuesday. – @xeroxhealthcare
  • Verizon releases first-ever data breach digest with security case studies – CSO
  • Kicking off HIMSS16, John Halamka Delivers His Call to Action for Health IT Industry – Healthcare Informatics
  • Want to get your health tech startup funded? Know the territory and solve a problem – MobiHealthNews
  • Doctors must drive quality as providers move from volume to value, expert says – Healthcare IT News
  • Politicians are coming out in large numbers for HIMSS – Politico
  • An Inflection Point into True Provider-Payer Convergence?- Healthcare Informatics
  • At CIO Forum, execs look ahead to a patient-centered future for health IT – Healthcare IT News
  • ONC’s Steve Posnack: New Interoperability Proving Ground ‘like for FHIR’ – Healthcare IT News

Why HISTalkapalooza is the best ticket at HIMSS

Is this the best tchotchke at HIMSS16?

Only if it plays at the table…

More on #HIMSS16 via #HCSM

This replica Delorean at the CrossChx booth is crazy awesome. #himss16

A photo posted by Shea McGinnity (@srmcginnity) on Feb 29, 2016 at 7:22pm PST