Bakerman said there's value in visiting the more than 900 vendors that exhibit at HIMSS.
“You get a sense where the technology is moving to," he said. "They’re showing you new models, new demos. You see the possible applications of the technology.”
Bakerman said he took away three very clear messages from his visit to the conference:
- Meaningful Use is a reality. Most organizations are very aware of these Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs requirements and are working toward meeting the government deadlines.
- Interoperability continues to be a major sticking point in health care information technology. Despite the recognition of this problem, systems still don't talk to one another very well. Finding a solution will be a major focus for the next few years.
- Mobile devices are the next big thing. Many of the vendors at HIMSS were developing portable devices aimed at physicians and health care.
“There’s a natural synergy between those two organizations and the emerging dynamics in the marketplace," he said. "Physicians are going to have to adopt these new systems. They’re going to have to learn how to strategize to get adoption, to prioritize and to learn skills in IT."