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An Interesting MGMA Observation

Posted on October 25, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Lately I’ve been traveling to more and more EMR and Healthcare IT related conferences. The past couple days I’ve been enjoying my time at the MGMA conference in Las Vegas (although, I didn’t have to travel to this one since I live in Las Vegas). This is my first time attending the MGMA conference. From what I can tell the attendance and exhibit hall have done very well. In fact, I just asked and they’ve had 3500 conference attendees and a total of 5700 people in Las Vegas for the MGMA conference. They tell me that’s a 19% growth over last year.

What I’ve found most interesting is that unlike many conferences I’ve been at, the sessions at MGMA have been incredibly full. In fact, many of them have been standing room only. This is in contrast to the exhibit floor which has felt rather empty. There are a few short periods that were busy in the exhibit hall, but overall it seems like MGMA attendees prefer to go to the educational session as opposed to being in the exhibit hall.

I asked professional conference attender (otherwise known as Healthcare IT journalist) Neil Versel who blogs at Meaningful Health IT News why this might be the case. He said that maybe those attending MGMA have already made their EHR selection, so they’re more interested in hearing from experts as opposed to browsing products. Of course, he did highlight that it was those that attended had already implemented an EHR since we know that the majority have not yet implemented an EHR.

While I think this could be part of the reason, I wonder if there’s not something more at work. If I’d done better at taking notes during the Marcus Buckingham keynote, I could maybe look at the profiles he found in the MGMA audience to explain it. A part of me wonders how many of the MGMA attendees are decision makers as opposed to operational leaders. I’m sure they’re all over the spectrum, but sessions are likely more interesting for operations and compliance people.

As a first time attendee, I’ve been really impressed with MGMA. They’re well organized and brought together a lot of interesting vendors and attendees.

Healthcare IT and EMR Events

Posted on August 7, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve been looking over the next couple months and I realize I have more travel than I usually do. However, there are a number of events I want to attend and so I guess you got to do what you got to do. The good thing is that I love going to healthcare IT and EMR related events. I learn so much and meet a lot of really interesting people.

Here’s what I have on the agenda so far. I’d love to meet readers of the site at these events as well. So, let me know if you’ll be at the event or if you want to catch me before or after the event. (P.S. I posted something similar to this on EMR and HIPAA a while back, but the readership doesn’t crossover that much so I’m posting it here now).

Health Tech Next Generation – San Francisco August 12th – I’m actually doing an EMR panel at this event. Plus, I’m really excited with the meetings I have setup around this event. In fact, my trip to San Francisco is already packed. I’m also excited to see Guy Kawasaki speak in person.

Hospital and Healthcare IT Conference – Phoenix, AZ September 28-30, 2011 – I saw this conference and loved the Reverse Expo concept. Plus, I had an added interest in a conference like this since I am looking to dive deeper into the Hospital EHR world with my new site Hospital EMR and EHR. Katherine’s been writing over there for a bit now and she’s creating some interesting hospital EMR related content.

AHIMA Convention and Exhibit – Salt Lake City October 1-6 – I kept hearing people saying I should go to AHIMA. Well, it’s just up the road from me by where my folks live, and so I figured now was as good a time as ever to check out AHIMA. I don’t know what to expect really, but I’m sure I’ll learn a lot and get some new perspectives.

MGMA Annual Conference – Las Vegas October 23-26 – I can’t wait for MGMA to hit Las Vegas (my hometown). It will be my first time attending, but I’m excited to see all the EMR talk that’s sure to occur. Plus, I bet their exhibitor list will be right up my alley. I’ll be surprised if I make it to many sessions at all. I’ve been thinking of throwing a New Media Meetup at MGMA like I’ve done at HIMSS. What do you think?

There you have it. Any other conferences that I should try and squeeze into my plans? That’s pretty fully, but I could always be convinced for the right opportunity. I’m even talking to some people who organize a healthcare IT conference in Asia. I think a little international EMR and healthcare IT flare would be interesting.

I hope I get to meet a lot of readers at these various events. For those that can’t attend, I’ll do my best to bring you the best insights I can from each event.