I was just reading at Mr. HISTalk’s blog how much he enjoyed the entertainment portion of the opening keynote. I thought I could count on him for sarcasm and a jaded point of view? Personally I thought the entertainment portion was very cheesy. Being from Wisconsin I know 8-year old cheddar when I see it. I didn’t come to HIMSS to be semi-entertained.
Brailer’s speech was the first opening keynote that I ever fully attended. I sat in the front-most section. Clearly the message was that Brailer and the president only want to “prime” the capitalism pump. They are going to let the free markets lead us forward to an interoperable EHR. One of the ways that this would be done is through “standards harmonization.” Which sounds like new standards on top of standards. Cool, I was hoping for more complexity.
Meet The Bloggers turned out to be as big of a nerdfest as I expected. It was great to meet the folks that share my interests. They were genuinely nice people that really wanted to discuss healthcare IT at a meaningful level. But if a fight broke out I didn’t have anyone I could hide behind. Thanks guys, I had a great time.
I have vowed not to mention the weather when calling back home. Too cliche.