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HIMSS12 health conference kicks off

HIMSS12, the US’s premier health information technology conference, begins today in Las Vegas.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organisation focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of IT and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

This year’s HIMSS conference features keynote speeches from co-founder of Twitter Biz Stone; Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Nightline anchor Terry Moran.

At the four-day healthcare event, there will be more than 1,100 exhibitors, and 300 sessions from 23 topic categories over four days.

Two key themes this year, which are permeating all industries and not just the healthcare, will be mobile healthcare and the cloud.

Microsoft will also have a significant presence at the healthcare event, especially after the announcement that it will be creating a joint venture with GE Healthcare.

The new venture, called Caradigm, is aimed at helping healthcare organisations and professionals use real-time, system-wide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience.

Another key area that Microsoft will focus on is business intelligence (BI), with the launch of SQL Server 2012 next month.

The company will deliver a couple of sessions around BI, as well as technologies like Kinect, Lync and Dynamics CRM.

Sessions to look out for include New Paradigms of Business Intelligence in Health presented by Tom Lawry, director worldwide health, Microsoft on Wednesday; and Kinect for Medical Imaging presented by John Strauss, imaging solutions executive, Microsoft also on Wednesday.

Out of the Data Center and into the Cloud presented by Hector Rodriguez, industry chief technology officer, US Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft; and On-Demand IT Solutions for Healthier Healthcare presented by Jeff Stucker, Fujitsu America also look like being must see sessions.

You can view all of Microsoft and partners sessions online at their dedicated HIMSS12 page.

There will also be customer presentations about transforming care with Microsoft solutions including Amalga, Vergence and HealthVault.

Microsoft partners that will be working with the company at the event include Fujitsu, Perficient, Aspect, Neudesic, Polycom, Aspect and Cognizant.

To keep track of all the latest news from the exhibitors, visit the online press area or find out more about Microsoft in health.

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