Orlando, the traditional home of fantasy and make-believe, hosted a record-breaking crowd of 31,225 attendees for the 2011 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference this year.
The magic kingdom of the exhibition hall hosted more than 1,000 companies, some in booths exceeding 5,000 square feet. They displayed their wares to huge crowds of people during the three days the exhibition hall was open.
The energy in the exhibition hall during day one was amazing but by day three much of that energy had evaporated. Working a trade show can be tiring, especially with days as long as those at HIMSS. Perhaps (being charitable) that’s what happened because many of the exhibitors seemed to be either drained or no longer interested by Wednesday.
According to HIMSS there were more than 400 education sessions presented during the week. There were also some great keynote presenters that included: Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and member of President Obama’s economic transition board; the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services; Michael J. Fox, Actor and Founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and Richard Boyd, Chief Architect for Lockheed Martin Virtual World Labs.
Next year the HIMSS show will move from Orlando, the land of fantasy and make-believe to Las Vegas, the land of…
Oh wait a minute – I sense a theme here.