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HIMSS 2011: 4 Long Days; 5 Short Stories

Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2011

4. What's the opposite of sexy? ICD-10

The semi-looming ICD-10 coding changes have definitely been overshadowed by meaningful use. And, frankly, they're just not a lot of fun to talk about. Still, the ICD-10 sessions at this year's conference were well-attended—standing room only in at least one case. It might not be the sexiest topic, but it looks like healthcare IT leaders might be getting ready to move it off the back burner. Is there such a thing as a middle burner?

A colleague of mine—an HIMSS first-timer—decided to hit one of the ICD-10 sessions. Regardless of how in-vogue the topic is, he said he decided it was time to leave the room when the audience started making insider jokes about coding … that he didn't get.  

5. Can you hear me now?

I conducted a lot of interviews at HIMSS, and recorded most of them, so I was very interested in what John Umekubo, MD, from St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco had to say about advances in voice recognition technology and how it can help physicians write their clinical notes. I can't tell you what he said just yet—I haven't had time to transcribe the interview.

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