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Something Really Different at the HIMSS Interop Showcase

by Wes Rishel  |  February 18, 2011  |  Comments Off on Something Really Different at the HIMSS Interop Showcase

Last I heard HIMSS was the second-biggest health provider IT tradeshow (after RSNA). Arguably the Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS would be the fourth or fifth largest if it were a stand-alone show. These days you need a docent to get you to the right docent to get you to what you want to see.

Visiting the interop showcase over the years I quickly learned to ask “where is this running?” for each demoed standard or profile. Early it was mostly vendors saying “we could do this” not “we are doing this.” Over time some standards and profiles have caught on and it is possible to find some “we are doing this” demonstrations at the Showcase. Most standards that actually get to the plateau of “we are doing” spend a few years in the valley of “we could do” first.

This year, The Direct Project debuts  at the Interop Showcase on the Plateau. Each of the 8 demos in The Direct Project space are either on the Plateau now or are far enough along that they will be very soon. For an effort that was actually announced at last year’s HIMSS this alone makes The Direct Project portion of the Interop Showcase worth a visit.

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Category: healthcare-providers  interoperability  vertical-industries  

Tags: direct-project  health-it  healthcare-interoperability  healthcare-providers  nhin-direct  simple-interop  

Wes Rishel
VP Distinguished Analyst
12 years at Gartner
45 years IT industry

Wes Rishel is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner's healthcare provider research practice. He covers electronic medical records, interoperability, health information exchanges and the underlying technologies of healthcare IT, including application integration and standards. Read Full Bio

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