Blumenthal HIMSS Address Should Prove Meaningless

Posted on February 7, 2010 I Written By

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I’m preparing for my time at the HIMSS conference. I can tell that the conference is going to be incredibly busy. Plus, I don’t want to over schedule my time since I want to make sure I spend plenty of time discovering new things and smaller companies that are doing really interesting things. Specially related to EMR is best, but even the technologies that make EMR better are great too.

Well, I got an email from HIMSS about one of the keynote speakers. When I looked at the subject line I read “Blumenthal HIMSS Address Should Prove Meaningless.” At first I didn’t realize the email was from HIMSS. I then came to the email again and realized that I’d misread it. The email actually said, “Blumenthal HIMSS Address Should Prove Meanignful.”

Well, I couldn’t help the irony of the misread. Blumenthal has a chance on a pretty large stage to make some important statements. I am interested to hear what he says. I have a philosophy to listen to smart people when they talk. That’s why I loved the chance to hear Marc Probst (HIT Policy Committee and CIO of IHC) and that’s why I plan to listen to Blumenthal. In many respects, Blumenthal holds the keys to billions of dollars in EMR stimulus money. Let’s hope he will provide something meaningful, but I’m not holding my breathe.

As a side note, I’ll be covering my time at HIMSS on this site and on EMR and HIPAA. I’m also hosting a couple meetups at HIMSS which I’ll be announcing tomorrow or the next day.