Healthcare Informatics Insider

Dear Healthcare Informatics Insider,

Although attendance statistics have not been published, it was obvious from conversations overheard in the exhibition halls at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting that a large contingent of healthcare IT-related professionals from Europe and the Middle East had made the trip to New Orleans. While the educational sessions focused on U.S. healthcare, the more than 1,000 exhibiting vendors were more global in perspective. The HIMSS exhibits offered a cornucopia of products designed to make digital health and healthcare IT proliferate.

In part for this reason, thought that a blog discussing the opportunities for European digital health start-ups would be of interest to the Healthcare Informatics Digital Community. Read the article about this, and let me know if you agree with digital health start-up facilitator Frank Boermeester. If you know of new Europe, Middle East, and Africa companies with commercialized healthcare IT products that relate to our readers, do alert us to them for consideration as a potential profile feature article.

The various HIMSS meetings of the world -- and they are global -- are intended to stimulate the exchange of ideas. This is also being done independently of HIMSS by the U.K.'s National Health Service and the federal agency that provides care to veterans of the U.S. military, the Veterans Health Administration. Learn about their three-year exchange program here.

From ECR earlier this month comes coverage of a presentation on the impact structured reports can have on quality and workflow efficiency in radiology departments. Read associate editor Rebekah Moan's article here.

Also, don't overlook articles about free resources: one offering guidance about ways for patients to keep their personal health records safe, and the other, an online resource for radiologists. Senior editor Erik L. Ridley describes this impressive new website created by a French radiologist.

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