Halamka's Dispatch from HIMSS 2017

As I wrote last week, I expected 2017 HIMSS to be filled with Wearables, Big Data, Social Networking concepts from other industries, Telemedicine, and Artificial Intelligence. I was not disappointed. 42,000 of my closest friends each walked an average of 5 miles per day through the Orlando Convention Center. One journalist told me “It’s overwhelming. You do your best to look professional and wear comfy shoes!” After 50 meetings, and 12 meals in 3 days, here’s my impression of the experience...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Health Care

I hate being a patient. I have to admit that, although I write about health care, I am typically what can be described as a care-avoider. My exposure to the health care system has mostly been through my professional life or through the experiences of friends and family. The last few days, though, I unexpectedly had an up-close-and-personal experience as a hospital inpatient. I want to share some thoughts from that experience. Now, granted, any perceptions I gained are those of one person, in one hospital, in one medium-sized mid-western city. Nonetheless, I offer what I consider the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the experience...

Dedicated Engineering Team in South Africa Deploys Open Source Tools, Save Lives

In 2006, a groundbreaking TED talk used statistics to reveal surprising insights about the developing world, including how many people in South Africa have HIV despite free and available anti-retroviral drugs. Gustav Praekelt, founder of Praekelt.org, heard this TED talk and began tenaciously calling a local hospital to convince them to start an SMS program that would promote anti-retrovirals. The program that resulted from those calls became txtAlert—a successful and widely recognized mobile health program that dramatically improves medical appointment adherence and creates a free channel for patients to communicate with the hospital...

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  • February 15, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    Next week, 50,000 of our closest friends will gather together in Orlando to learn about the latest trends in the healthcare IT industry. I’ll be...
  • February 14, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
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    I've been thinking about questions. A few things I read helped spur this. The first was a blog post entitled "Asking the Wrong Questions" by...
  • February 12, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
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  • February 2, 2017 - Roger A. Maduro - Open Health News
    Feral systems are software solutions developed by individuals or groups to help with day-to-day activities. They are called feral (or “wild”)...

Feature Articles

  • February 22, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    As I wrote last week, I expected 2017 HIMSS to be filled with Wearables, Big Data, Social Networking concepts from other industries, Telemedicine,...
  • February 21, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    I hate being a patient. I have to admit that, although I write about health care, I am typically what can be described as a care-avoider. My...
  • February 15, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    Next week, 50,000 of our closest friends will gather together in Orlando to learn about the latest trends in the healthcare IT industry. I’ll be...
  • February 13, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    I've been thinking about questions. A few things I read helped spur this. The first was a blog post entitled "Asking the Wrong Questions" by...
  • February 20, 2017 - Julie Michelle Smyth - Open Health News
    In 2006, a groundbreaking TED talk used statistics to reveal surprising insights about the developing world, including how many people in South...

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