Overall, conference turnout was encouraging. I spoke to one of the AHIP board members on Thursday and he reported that the attendance was higher than in recent years. For me, the number of vendors seemed lower, but the overall mood from the booths was upbeat and more optimistic than last year(anecdotal but overwhelming.) People seem to be thinking that the ‘Meaningful Use’ money, once freed up, will drive both sales and hiring. Look for the ICD-10/5010 transition to create huge problems for providers and thus huge opportunities for savvy vendors, the need for care management solutions to increase, and expect similar demand in revenue cycle management solutions to address what will become increasingly complicated reimbursement scenarios going forward.
Next year’s conference will be back in San Diego in 2011. Until then, good selling!