We thought of attending the HIMSS Virtual Conference this week but went to sign-in and were shocked to be asked to fork over $80. Having participated in these types of events in the past (another industry) we know first hand that these are dirt cheap to put together, sponsors fork over plenty of sponsorship money to get their hands on those email addresses and most presentations are typically rehashes of something one has seen elsewhere.
Needless to say, we backed out of that event.
But having gone online why not check-out what was in store for next year’s big HIMSS conference in April. Not much of an agenda yet, but HIMSS has started to promote some of the “Big Events” (keynotes, panel sessions, etc.). Logically looked for the consumer HIT topics and came across the following:
Personal Health Records – Hope or Hype? A PHR Point/Counterpoint Discussion
Discuss and debate the obstacles to PHR adoption and find out how “empowered” consumers will be the result of provider-centric HIT adoption rather than a cause of it.
Kim D. Slocum, FHIMSS
Vice President, Chief Security & Compliance Officer Good Health Network
Empowered consumers the result of provider-centric HIT adoption rather than the cause of it???
All we can think of is what primordial hole did these folks climb out of to think such a thing.
Here at Chilmark what we are seeing among smaller practices is HIT adoption to provide better customer service. This is a trend that will accelerate as digital natives graduate from college, start getting married, having families, etc. Even among many of the digital natives parents, there is a move in this direction. So, is it really provider-centric adoption of HIT, which has been abysmal, that will empower consumers (as this panel seeks to elucidate) or are consumers simply going online to research their own symptoms and conditions combined with a desire to interact with their physicians in the easiest way possible (let ask for that Rx refill via SMS) that will force physicians to adopt HIT?
Our vote is the latter.
Another thing, who are these people that will be on this panel? Good Health Network? Did a quick search and checked out their website – pretty weak player to say the least. Looking at KDS Consulting did not help restore confidence either. We have nothing against either company and their representative. But we do have a problem with HIMSS putting together a pretty weak panel to discuss what is a fairly hot, top-of-mind topic. Would have thought HIMSS could do better than this.
Between this and the earlier post today on health plan support for healthcare reform, feeling a little jaded here at Chilmark. Thank goodness Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which will give us all a well-deserved break.