Day one at HIMSS was an afternoon spent trying to make sense of the enormity of the exhibit hall. The number of vendors and size of the booths tells you that there is a lot of work, excitement and opportunity/money in health IT. So I stopped by Alere, Truven, Intermountain, QualcommLife; looked at WebMD’s proposed system with QualcommLife, reviewed a PHR vendors product with some mHealth connectivity, walked around some more and ran into friends like Doug Goldstein (no relation that we can determine), an eFuturist, expert in health games, user engagement, author and member of the Press and we walked the floors.
Doug invited me to an interview with Cisco discussing their Lake Nona project, a wired community being built outside of Orlando. Thad Seymour is SVP of Lake Nona and someone I had not seen in seven years. Thad walked us through some of their partners and how they hoped the 1GB wiring to homes and amazing wired infrastructure including hospitals and clinics would lead to a better planned community of 8,000 people. Interesting concept, and if they can provide some real usability to community members besides just moving data, should create some unique results.
We then traded ideas with Dave Evans, Cisco’s Chief Futurist (now that has to be one cool job.) Dave believes