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  • “H.I.S.-tory” byVince Ciotti© 2011 H.I.S. Professionals, LLC, all rights reservedEpisode # 43:BeforeHIMSS!?
  • What Came Before HIMSS?• Since everyone is at HIMSS this week, it seems only fitting tointerrupt our HIS-tory segment on micros one more time...• Just what came before HIMSS? For some of today’s younger CIOstoday, the question may be “Did anything” come before HIMSS??• Well, hold on to your badges as we delve back into pre-HIStory totell about what “DP Managers” went to before they became CIOs• American Hospital Association (AHA) –way back in the 60s & 70s, the “place tobe” for HIS vendors was the AHA’sAnnual Convention, where mainframemakers like IBM and the BUNCH groupcompeted with the likes of Hill-Rom andBaxter for floor space. I was ininstallations at SMS at the time, so Inever got to go – that privilege was for
  • Big Blue’s Convention!• But even the AHA Convention paled in comparison to IBM’s own“user group” (that name hadn’t been invented yet!) known as:– Electronic Computing Health Oriented, or ECHO. I hope youappreciate the photo on slide 1, which is of an actual ECHOsouvenir I collected at the first one I attended over 30 yearsago in 1980 at the beautiful Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego.– I was working in marketing for McAuto by then and so earnedthe right to mingle with several hundred DP Directors there…- We were trying to sell our Tandem-based PCS (Patient Care System), or DEC-based HDC mini system, but as you mightimagine, they got little traction with theDP Directors back then who were eagerto learn about the latest IBM offerings intheir 43XX and 30XX mainframe lines.
  • And Don’t Forget HFMA’s ANI!• Back in the 70s & 80s, another powerhouseannual meeting place was the HealthcareFinancial Management Association’s ANI (AnnualNational Institute), the place to meet CFOs!– Remember, back then, DP/MIS departments generallyreported to the Controller. Just like HIMSS gavecredence to the title “CIO” in the 80s & 90s, HFMA hadgiven meaning to the title CFO in the 60s & 70s.• When I was running marketing for HIS Inc. inBrooklyn in the early 80s, we exhibited at manyregional conferences, long before any vendorever heard of HIMSS, let alone sent a booth there:– NEHA – the New England Health Association in Boston– MAHC – Mid-Atlantic Health Congress in Atlantic City– WHA – Western Hospital Association in San Francisco
  • Local HFMA Chapters• The place to be to meetprospect and client DPManagers and Controllers wasyour state’s local HFMA chapter.• They not only held frequentseminars that we tried to giveour pitches at, but actually gaveyou a chance to work shoulderto shoulder with hospitalprofessionals, like this hard-working group on the left frommy days in NJ’s HFMA chapterMIS committee in the late 80s• (Don’t worry Eileen, Paul & Gil, Iwon’t give out your last names…
  • HIMSS HIS-tory• There’s a wonderful pdf file on HIMSS complete history at:– http://www.himss.org/content/files/HIMSS_HISTORY.pdf• HIMSS started as HMSS (Hospital Management Systems Society)– Comprised primarily of Management Engineers, HMSS actually sprung outof a group of pioneers who met at the annual Mid-Atlantic HealthCongress, usually held in Sin City, er, that is, Atlantic City, New Joisey.– The photo below shows HMSS founding management engineers in 1965:- The first HMSS nationalconvention was held inBaltimore in 1962, when theentire membership was 54:- 26 Full Members- 8 Associate Members- 14 Affiliate Members- 6 CommercialMembers- Some difference from last
  • Adding an “I”!• It was not until 1986 that HMSS renamed itself, adding the “I” toencompass both information systems and telecommunicationsprofessionals, officially changing its name to the HealthcareInformation and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).• It was billed as “HIMSS of the AHA,” headquartered in Chicago.• Ironically, in the very next year (1987) HIMSS held its annualconvention in the sin city, Las Vegas, scene of this year’s caper…• Check out these facts from this first annual convention officiallyentitled “HIMSS” (not HMSS, which had run 14 prior annual gigs,mostly in Atlantic City and Baltimore):– 525 people in attendance– Nearly filling the Riviera Hotel– 36 vendors/consulting firm booths
  • Early Testimonials• The May 1987 issue of BillChild’s HealthcareComputing &Communications featuredHIMSS as its feature story,and included thesetestimonials from HISnotables of the time:• Mark Gross of E&Y• Rich Sneider,consultant• Jim Reep, founder ofFirst Consulting• Rick Adam ofBaxter/Travenol• Scot Waldrop, CyCare• Jay Toole of AA
  • 2012 Perspective• If you’re lucky enough to have conned your CFO into approvingtravel to Las Vegas for this year’s HIMSS, keep this fascinatingperspective in mind as you walk among the 1,000+ booths:– That entire hall was empty a few days before HIMSS and will be emptyagain a few days later as it sets up for the next convention.– Which is about as long as the sales claims & marketing hype you hearthere will last, until you go back to your hospital’s HIS and reality…
  • 2012 Perspective• If you’re lucky enough to have conned your CFO into approvingtravel to Las Vegas for this year’s HIMSS, keep this fascinatingperspective in mind as you walk among the 1,000+ booths:– That entire hall was empty a few days before HIMSS and will be emptyagain a few days later as it sets up for the next convention.– Which is about as long as the sales claims & marketing hype you hearthere will last, until you go back to your hospital’s HIS and reality…