HIMSS16 – Big themes starting with interoperability

Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, the chief medical officer of Emis Group, was in Las Vegas last week for HIMSS16. In this letter, he reflects on some of the big themes, which started with interoperability.

Every year, the US Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, better known as HIMSS, runs a giant conference and exhibition.

HIMSS16 was the latest of these annual get togethers, with some 50,000 delegates heading for Las Vegas to hear from healthcare leaders, see new products, network, be educated and get lost in the 2.25 million square foot of exhibition space.

As in the last few years, there was a major focus on interoperability, openAPI’s and FHIR standards. This year, however, there was a notable shift away from conversations about which vendors will support these standards.

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