Industry events like HIMSS are not just about papers, presentations, and new products. They also represent an important opportunity to connect with peers, to learn what’s on their minds and to put the event’s proceedings in a larger context. After all, no man (or woman) is an island, as the saying goes.
As healthcare IT professionals we all know that no patient’s medical data should be an island either. Putting care decisions in a similar larger context is important. That’s why one of the key goals of a Medical Device Information System (MDIS) must be to avoid communication of isolated bits of data and to aggregate and connect information—like industry members at a convention—to create a broader landscape of meaning.