As I prepared for what would have been my departure to Las Vegas, my inbox was filling with notes from vendors saying they were canceling their in-person presence at HIMSS21. While this represents a financial loss for those vendors, it also makes a statement that they have considered that the public health implications might be more important than showcasing, so I salute them.
Other meetings scheduled for the end of the year are beginning to be canceled entirely. The American Academy of Family Physicians announced Thursday that it will postpone its annual meeting of the Congress of Delegates scheduled for Kansas City in September, citing the “local spread of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant” along with the fact that “AAFP You cannot monitor the vaccination status of other guests and staff at the planned meeting place. ” Travel restrictions imposed by employers and academic institutions were also mentioned.
Also Thursday, the Urgent Care Association canceled its 2021 Annual Convention scheduled for New Orleans in October. They noted that “In the past two weeks … COVID volumes in urgent care centers have doubled, tripled and quadrupled.” They also mention that the Louisiana Department of Health projections do not look good for any improvement for October. He was supposed to attend conferences in September, October, and November, but none of them look promising at the moment.
Also in my inbox was a confirmation of a hotel reservation that I canceled in February when I upgraded. I tried to cancel it online, but he told me there would be a cancellation penalty on the credit card on file, so I called the hotel. They only showed the reservation that was previously canceled and they couldn’t find the “ghost” reservation even looking for my name and confirmation code. We will have to see if there are charges. I called the Palazzo to cancel my actual reservation and after a 45 minute wait I was able to do so. The agent kept telling me that I would see a refund on my card despite the posted cancellation policy that I would lose my first night’s already charged guarantee, so I’m not holding my breath for a credit.
I really wanted to see First Databank’s FDB CDS Analytics solution, which they have chosen not to expose. They still plan to launch the product as scheduled. Its goal is to help organizations monitor and personalize clinical decision support (CDS). Understanding how users handle (or ignore) alerts is key to patient safety, as is finding the right balance of alerts that don’t overwhelm but prevent the most serious damage. Most organizations do not know if their CDS is effective and the solution is designed to track the impact of CDS over time. It is available on the Epic App Orchard and I will definitely contact FDB for a demo.
I finally spent some quality time watching the HIMSS digital show and making my plan for the week, which was pretty easy since most of my time was open. There is a mix of real-time and on-demand sessions, and even real-time sessions will be available on demand within a couple of hours after completion. That’s good for me, because I’m pretty sure I’ll miss Patrick Dempsey’s part of the keynote address due to a last-minute meeting request. As in everything related to consulting, what is billable takes precedence over what is entertaining. I also identified which sessions are available for further education so that I can record the appropriate times, so I felt quite prepared for the week.
Photos of shoes have started pouring in from my most dedicated readers, including these adorable snowball slides by Kate Spade. They are still available in my size, if anyone is curious. I would like even more if there was a resin model of a coronavirus particle on my heel, so that I can fantasize about squashing it every time I take a step.
What are the best shoes you’ve seen at HIMSS21? How was the process of registration and collection of credentials? Since I have to live vicariously this time, please leave me a comment or email me.
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