Glimpsing The Future At Gargantuan Health Technology Showcase

By Phil Galewitz
Kaiser Health News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Many of the new devices and systems on display at a health technology conference in Orlando were geared toward changing the consumer experience, whether in the home, doctor’s office or hospital.


Imagine going to the doctor and finding out before you leave the exam room how much your prescribed drug will cost, avoiding sticker shock at the pharmacy.

Or what if you could wear a tiny device at the top of your back that would gently nudge you to sit up straight whenever you slump.

How about not having to sign by hand a raft of hospital registration papers, instead, doing it all online, and using a laptop computer during your stay for health education purposes?

Innovations like these geared to help consumers were on display here last week at the nation’s largest health technology conference, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting, popularly known at HIMSS.

More than 40,000 health industry professionals gathered at the Orange County Convention Center, one of only a few in the country large enough to handle the conference.

How big was the meeting?
Attendees could use a 10-minute bus ride to get from one side of the mile-long center to the other. Just touring the exhibit hall was a full-day affair, not counting sitting in on the dozens of educational sessions meant to spur transactions among health businesses.

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