Could Watson be your doctor's new AI ally?

Watson by IBM

Watson, IBM’s formidable supercomputer Jeopardy contestant, made a video appearance at the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Watson appeared in a talk given by Dr. Martin Kohn, chief medical scientist for IBM's Care Delivery Systems.
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Regina Holliday advocates patient engagement at HIMSS12

It's Hosted, The Patient View

Patient care has always been vital to healthcare. At the same time,  patient engagement has always been frighteningly low. Patients have been passive players in their own care, depending on and assuming that 'doctor knows best.' » Read more


Open source ideals at HIMSS12

HIMSS open source

A not-so-intimate group of healthcare IT professionals (a record-setting 37,032 attendees) gathered February 20 at the 2012 HIMSS conference in Las Vegas. They kicked off a week of talks, discussions and collaboration sessions addressing ways to tackle the challenges in the healthcare IT industry.

Silos and proprietary systems have long prevailed in healthcare IT--encompassing everything from patient data to labs and medication management systems. » Read more


Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on success, failure, and the future of social

Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder

Twitter (as well as Xanga, Odeo, and Blogger) co-founder Biz Stone keynoted this week’s 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference with the history of Twitter alongside advice on the future of the social web and what it means to be successful.

"The story of Twitter... this is a weird story," he began. Stone left Google “at a time when it was silly to leave,” as he put it, and with Evan Williams started Odeo, which used RSS to aggregate and publish podcasts. Then Apple created iTunes, and the Odeo founders started looking for the next project. » Read more

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HIMSS12 in Las Vegas

The most comprehensive healthcare IT event, the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition, is happening this week in Las Vegas at the Venetian Sands Expo Convention Center.

This Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) event offers information, education sessions, and talks focused on critical health IT topics, and among this year’s top priority issues are connectivity, interoperability, engagement, and collaboration.

Some not-to-be-missed highlights include:
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A few words about Google Health

Google Health was doomed from the start.

It was based on a legal fallacy and a technical one. » Read more

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