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Sunday, February 10, 2019


The Big Show, the "Comdex of Health IT" (remember Comdex?) Not going this year. My last HIMSS Conference trip was HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. I appreciate them first comping me a press pass back in 2012. I've met a lot of cool people across my HIMSS Conference years.

I'm sure it'll be great. I'll just follow the tweets and news like lots of others. Expect the usual overload of grand, Gartner-hyperenthused rhetoric amid the keynotes and topical sessions. It's first and foremost a trade show. HIMSS is an $80+ million a year "non-profit" business. Look at their IRS 990s.
The average primary care doc makes about $200k a year. The CEO of HIMSS is paid about $1 million annually. Jus' sayin'.
Wonder if there will be any chatter about this (below) at HIMSS?

As Democrats mount 2020 Presidential campaigns, this is already a front-burner topic.

UPDATE: HIMSS 2019 News, Trends, and Analysis from TechTarget. Succinct coverage.

Also, apropos of "health information,"

I'd notice this title before. It's not yet released (according to Amazon), but THCB has a good post reviewing it today, "Obsessive Measurement Disorder: Etiology of an Epidemic." Kip Sullivan rocks. I can't top that review.

Loved this:
It is impossible to identify a single Typhoid Mary responsible for the metrics-fixation epidemic, but it is fair to say a very important Typhoid Mary was Frederick Winslow Taylor. Muller identifies the rise of “Taylorism” in manufacturing in the early 1900s as a primary cause of the epidemic. Taylor, an American engineer, studied every action of workers in pig iron factories, estimated the average time of each action, then proposed to pay slower workers less and faster workers more. According to Taylor, determining who was slow and who was fast and paying accordingly required “an elaborate system for monitoring and controlling the workplace,” as Muller puts it. (p. 32) Taylor called his measurement-and-control system “scientific management.”

More to come...

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