Here to hear Capt Michael Weiner talk about the Defense Health Information Management System (DHIMS) and the lessons that the DOD have learned. I have a personal interest as I grew-up in the military health system and my parents and a large number of family members are in it now. I haven’t been posting a lot of notes as I’ve just been absorbing, but this session should has lots of good information.
So I missed the keynote due to a conference call that was not to be missed. I also realized that coffee is going to be a battle in lines. Luckily I had heard those rumors and planned ahead and brought chocolate covered espresso beans.
To kick things off, I’m going to listen to the Governor of Vermont, Jim Douglas. He is going to be talking about how HIE (Health Information Exchange) is important for the States in their interactions with the Federal Government. Let’s see what I can learn.
This is going to be a busy week for me. I am off to HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta for a two primary reasons (and about a thousand secondary). The first is to support my Healthcare colleagues from Washington Consulting at the conference. The second, which will make the first all the more challenging, is to learn more about the vertical that is Healthcare IT.
Before I jump into it, a funny little joke. When I was in a meeting and we were talking about the trip to HIMSS, someone mentioned HL7. Being one of many new terms to me, I didn’t ask them what it meant, just glanced at them with a curious look on my face. They told me, and I kid you not, Look it up later. Just remember that there is no HL6 or 8. Thanks for the help guys. ( I did learn what it was later and actually understood the “7” reference.)
Haven’t I Heard This Before?
So as I did research to get ready to hit the ground running, I saw a lot of challenges that the Healthcare industry is facing on the IT side. I had heard most of it from a high level before in news reports and in Information Management/ECM case studies. I had also picked some information up in planning for this year’s AIIM CMIS Demo.
When you strip out the names of the federal mandates and the acronyms that are common in the industry, I saw a lot words that I understood quite well: