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HIMSS19 - Key Themes

In my last blog, I discussed many of the opportunities and challenges for HIMSS Conference attendees. I’d now like to turn to key themes that will be discussed during this year’s conference.

HIMSS is a great opportunity for policymakers and leading vendors to make announcements that offer some insights into where the healthcare industry is going. Over the years, the HIMSS conference has featured major releases from CMS and ONC on interoperability, meaningful use, and key standards initiatives. Read Further...

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