2012 Healthcare Management Systems Conference
For those involved in Healthcare Management on any level, you probably know of the organization, HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society). If you don’t know of this organization, you should, they are a, “US not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of health care information and management systems.” A conference is held every year from Healthcare Administrators and Healthcare Information Management professionals to get together and hear what’s new in the industry. This year the HiMSS12 Annual Conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada where many major expos and conferences are held from around the world.
It was a record year for the HiMSS12 Conference when comparing it to the HiMSS11 (conference held in 2011) attendance increased by over 16%. The total amount of Health Information Management professionals coming to the conference this year during February 20th – 24th in 2012 was 36,531. Compares to the 2011 Conference attendance of 31,500 it was a net gain of 5,031 more attendees this year.
Attendee Titles & Professions
So who were all these attendees looking to catch up on the latest Healthcare Information and Administration Management topics and trends? Around 26.5% of the attendees were senior executives in their healthcare organization and another 20.9% of the attendees were IT professionals that worked for their health care institution. Other big groups of attendees were Consultants at 9%, Clinicians at 8.2%, Marketing & Sales at 6.8% and Project Management at 5.3%. The other groups weren’t as big in percentages but definitely brought their spirit to the conference. Those were people like Finance Department employees at 3.8%, Government & Public Service employees at 2.4% and Education at 1.3% with students actually beating out Education at 1.8% in attendance distribution of demographics of the HiMSS12 Conference in Las Vegas.
Training & Exhibitors
There was a lot of training going on at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems conference this year. Education Sessions training healthcare administration workers & executives reached 425 individual sessions over the 5 day conference period. Getting a new insight on services, software, products and consulting for Healthcare Information Management was easy with all the exhibitors. There were a total of 1,123 conference exhibitors showing off their wares and trying to get the attention of all the professions in around 1,505,716 square feet of conference space. Now that’s a lot of walking to get those health care information management professionals some healthy exercise!
Biz Stone Keynote
In 2012 the big thing that everyone was talking about at the Information Management conference was the keynote address by the Co-Founder of Twitter Mr. Biz Stone. That actually got people hitting their smartphones and laptops sending out a lot of tweets at 7,595 tweets just for the speech. The runner up to the social explosion for Healthcare IT employees was Farzad Mostashari who is the National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS.
Smartphone Use & Devices
If you’re curious what people were using to send out all this social activity during the conference the HiMSS Conference has been broken down in what device people were using. A whopping 70% of conference attendees were using an Apple iOS device to tweet about healthcare and 14% were using an Android device with 2% of those users still using Blackberry’s. Health Care IT & Information Management professionals were all over the main hash-tag for the conference which was #HIMSS12 with 28,434 mentions.
Twitter Growth In Use During Conference
How much did Twitter use grow from previous Health Care Information Management Systems Conferences? Well if you look at the number of mentions of the conferences you can see a big difference. For HIMSS10 there were 7,239 mentions, HIMSS11 there were 15,916 mentions and for HIMSS12 mentions there were a stunning 33,247 mentions. People definitely were fired up with smartphone devices this year at the conference in Las Vegas with 29,333 unqiue visitors visiting the http://HiMSSConference.org/mobile website.
HiMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition
If you’re all excited about this years conference that was at the Venetian-Palazzo-Sands Expo Center then you’ll be thrilled to know next years plans are already in place. The HiMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition is planned for New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This years Health Information Management Systems Conference will be held on March 3rd, 2013 – March 7th, 2012. For an easy view of all these statistics the HiMSS organization made an amazing infographic detailing everything!
We’ve included it below:
Provided by HIMSS Blog
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