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highlight The Big Easy’s HIMSS13 By Phil Colpas, Managing Editor

T e New Year is typically a time to embrace change; to acknowledge the

year that was and look forward to the one to come. In the world of healthcare IT, however, January and February also mean it’s time to start gearing up for the HIMSS annual conference. T e brand new tag line for HIMSS13 accurately refl ects the current state

of aff airs in healthcare IT, and the attitude of those who work in the industry: “Heath IT: Right time. Right place. It’s on.” Founded in 1961, HIMSS is a not-for-profi t organization on a mission to lead healthcare transformation through the eff ective use of health infor- mation technology (IT). Over the past half-century, the HIMSS event has evolved to become one of the largest conferences, encompassing education and vendor exhibitions, in the healthcare IT industry. T is time around, New Orleans will host HIMSS13, which will be held

March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Based upon the turnout at recent shows, about 1,000 vendors and 30,000 attendees will converge upon T e Crescent City. T is year, President Bill Clinton, founder of T e William J. Clinton

Foundation and 42nd President of the United States of America, headlines an impressive keynote speaker lineup. Also slated: Warner T omas, president and chief executive offi cer, Ochsner Health System; Eric J. Topol, M.D., West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, Scripps Health and professor of genomics, T e Scripps Research Institute, cardiologist; Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, U.S. Depart- ment of Health and Human Services; James Carville, political consultant; and Karl Rove, Fox News contributor, Wall Street Journal columnist, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President Bush. New for HIMSS13 are the Meaningful Use Experience, a special dem- onstration area on the exhibit fl oor that puts you in the middle of proven, certifi ed EHR solutions; Clinical & Business Intelligence Symposium: A Practical Guide, in which attendees will receive practical knowledge on the planning, data review, analysis and reporting required to launch and manage a clinical and business analytics initiative; Global Health Forum, a discussion on what has become a strategic priority for the U.S. government; Views from the Top, popular, high-level education sessions feature nationally recognized, highly experienced leaders discussing key healthcare and IT topics; and T e Patient Experience through HIT Forum, a one-day forum featuring three sessions dedicated to the value of enhancing the patient experience. I'd like to invite you all to stop by our HMT booth (#1352) and partici-

pate in TechTrek for a chance to win an iPad mini. Go to our website and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter for continuing HIMSS coverage.



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