Countdown to 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition
08 February 2012
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ALERT will be attending the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV, USA, which is the largest healthcare information technology conference in the United States, from February 20-24, 2012.


Furthermore, ALERT will participate in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcases, which are unique events where vendors and organizations come together to demonstrate standards-based health IT applications in a venue that simulates typical healthcare settings such as Ambulatory, Hospital/Provider, Emergency, Chronic Care, and Public Health.


This year, the ALERT® HIE team will be giving a presentation during the Interoperability Showcase on February 23, between 2:45 ─ 3:45 p.m., entitled "Embracing Standards-based Interoperability – A success story by ALERT Life Sciences Computing”.


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.


Visit ALERT at booth #1855.

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I feel strongly as a worekr in the healthcare system that there are grave concerns about the use of EMRs, but I am realistic enough to know that they are already part of our world and will only grow to be a bigger part in coming years. I feel that the number one concern for all EMR software lies in protecting the consumers, both clients and medical personnel. Thus, I am concerned that there is not more involvement of those in the healthcare community, as this is not merely a software issue, but also a healthcare issue. I would like to see more activity by physicians and nurse in determining what is necessary to make the systems usable and to ensure that all of the potential benefits of EMRs are realized. I believe that cannot happen without more healthcare personnel input. I worry that the government will not handle this situation better than is has handled so many others and that as consumers, we will suffer the consequences. However, I can see no way around government involvement in our society, because our corporations, small businesses, etc. are not renowned for their willingness to work together and I do not see this changing in the near future, at least not as long as making a buck is the ultimate goal of developers and healthcare agencies. It will be interesting to see what develops if healthcare reform ever comes to pass, but for now, the government is, unfortunately, our only option.

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