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If the number of HIMSS17 attendees who toured the conference’s Interoperability Showcase in Orlando is any indication, interest in interoperability issues among healthcare professionals is surging.
Approximately 7,500 attendees toured the redesigned Interoperability Showcase during February’s five-day conference, double the number that toured the showcase during HIMSS16.
“What's more, visitors remained at the exhibit for an average of 20 to 60 minutes – far longer than the industry average of seven minutes at most trade show booths,” writes Healthcare IT News Associate Editor Jessica Davis.
The 34,000-square-foot interactive showcase featured ongoing education sessions, use-case demonstration tours, interactive exhibits, and numerous networking opportunities, including a “Millennial Morning” event for emerging professionals and first-time attendees.
HIMSS Senior Director of Interoperability Initiatives and Informatics Christel Anderson said the increase in Interoperability Showcase attendance were reflective of the growing interest in data exchange among healthcare professionals.
"While work remains to achieve nationwide healthcare interoperability, we experienced increased interest in the showcase from stakeholders across the care spectrum," Anderson tells Davis. "Clearly, interoperability education is a top priority for today's healthcare leaders."
More than two-thirds of the 42,000 HIMSS17 attendees were clinicians, healthcare executives, or healthcare IT professionals.