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Monday, February 20, 2012

HIMSS Day 1 quick random photo essay

Got a last minute call to go to dinner with my wife and one of her/our close friends tonight at Forte, a local Eastern European restaurant. Was it ever fine!

No time to blog much, just offload and upload a few shots. Got home late. Here are some random pics from the day.


Above, SRO during the "HIMSS First Timers' Session." Below, Privacy and Security workshop.

Below, ambling around the Palazzo atrium.

Below: Opening reception in the ballroom, riffing on the Vegas theme. I should Photoshop this one with a banner reading "Abandon all sense of 'expected value,' ye who enter here."

LOL...

Four football fields' worth of happy people. Serenaded below by one of our myriad Vegas Elvis guys (I play hoops with one of them; dude Got Game, seriously. Talks great trash on the court too).

Above, outside the Level 5 reception ballroom was this stern sign shouting "Absolutely no photography or filming of any kind."

OK.

Below: Dinner tonight with Cheryl and Peggy...


Very good end to a great day.

I really appreciate the Media Pass. Commentary tomorrow.
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TUESDAY BREAK OF DAWN

Good morning. Interesting HIT news item.
Polycom Video Is Transforming How Doctors, Nurses, and Healthcare Organizations Deliver Care by Connecting Specialists to Patients Face-to-Face From Anywhere

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/12 -- HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exposition -- Polycom, Inc., the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today is convening with healthcare practitioners and IT executives from around the world at HIMSS12 to show how Polycom® RealPresence™ video and voice collaboration solutions are transforming the way healthcare organizations learn, teach, and deliver care.

Healthcare organizations are under pressure to reduce costs, increase revenues, and improve patient care with available resources -- even as the Baby Boomer generation moves toward retirement and places increasing demands for care on the industry. One of the main challenges in healthcare is the distance that separates experts from the people who need them. According to the World Health Organization, 60 percent of the world's population live in rural areas (as of 2010), while 75 percent of consultants and medical professionals live in urban centers. Patients in remote and rural areas have less access to medical expertise simply because of where they live. Distance is also a stress on the system due to costly transfers to medical centers for treatment. Depending on the distance involved, emergency helicopter transports can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 per trip...
I will have to check that out. Below, check this out.


Re-thinking the Annual Physical

Harriet Hall

Please note: the following refers to routine physicals and screening tests in healthy, asymptomatic adults. It does not apply to people who have been diagnosed with diseases, who have any kind of symptoms or signs, or who are at particularly high risk of certain specific diseases.
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Throughout most of human history, people have consulted doctors (or shamans or other supposed providers of medical care) only when they were sick. Not too long ago, the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mindset changed. It became customary for everyone to have a yearly checkup with a doctor even if they were feeling perfectly well. The doctor would look in your eyes, ears and mouth, listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope and poke and prod other parts of your anatomy. He would do several routine tests, perhaps a blood count, urinalysis, EKG, chest-x-ray and TB tine test. There was even an “executive physical” based on the concept that more is better if you can afford it. Perhaps the need for maintenance of cars had an influence: the annual physical was analogous to the 30,000 mile checkup on your vehicle. The assumption was that this process would find and fix any problems and insure that any disease process would be detected at an early stage where earlier treatment would improve final outcomes. It would keep your body running like a well-tuned engine and possibly save your life.

We have gradually come to realize that the routine physical did little or nothing to improve health outcomes and was largely a waste of time and money...

From my hardcore friends at Science Based Medicine.
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More today...

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