Live at HIMSS 13: Prepare for Some of the Most Important Conversations of the Year

It’s that time of year again – time for healthcare IT professionals from around the world to gather together and discuss the most important issues facing healthcare.  It’s time for HIMSS 2013.

Starting tomorrow, I’m sure the Morial Convention Center will be humming with the biggest issues of the week: Meaningful Use, the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model, the healthcare reform act, ICD-10 and so much more. The impact of just one of these is enough to keep CIOs and their teams up at night. Add them all together and it means healthcare organizations are being forced to evolve in a way that no other industry can imagine.

That’s why these conventions are so important. Sometimes the spectacle of HIMSS – the sheer magnitude of 20,000 IT professionals descending on a single place, the hundreds of vendors and two-story mega-booths, and the allure of one of the most notorious party towns in the world – overshadows the real HIMSS story. However, the truth behind all of the pomp and circumstance is that important conversations about significant topics happen constantly at HIMSS. HIMSS attendees move the healthcare industry forward and ultimately make healthcare more effective and more affordable around the world.

I, for one, can’t wait to listen and take part in them.

And to help make you be a part of them as well – whether you’re in New Orleans or even more so if you’re one of the thousands whose time and budget constraints kept you hard at work at home.  I’ll be at HIMSS all week, offering my oberservations on our blog. Please feel free to enter the conversation by posting in our comments section or following our Twitter feed @HylandSoftware.

Susan deCathelineau

Susan deCathelineau

With more than 20 years of healthcare technology and operations leadership experience, Susan deCathelineau is a leader in providing management and consultant services for Health Information Management, Revenue Cycle and Electronic Medical Record strategies. Most notably, she was responsible for the successful enterprise-wide OnBase implementation at Allina Health, which included the integration with the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) initiative. In her current role at Hyland, deCathelineau is responsible for developing and implementing a global strategic vision, to ensure that OnBase Healthcare solutions and services earn customer loyalty and deliver operational excellence. Prior to joining Hyland in 2006, deCathelineau was director of corporate information services at Allina Health System and vice president of product management at QuadraMed. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health information management from the College of St. Scholastica, and completed her master’s degree in health services administration at the College of St. Francis. She is currently Hyland’s vice president for global healthcare sales and services.

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