I’m not even supposed to be here today.I feel you, Dante.*

 

Right now, I should be on a plane headed to HIMSS. But, as pretty much anyone who’d be reading this blog already knows by now, for the first time in 58 years, HIMSS was cancelled.

 

While I completely understand, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I am also really disappointed. And, it’s not because I was looking forward to back-to-back days standing on concrete or the long lines for less-than-satisfying lunchtime concessions or the even longer lines for much-needed morning coffee.

 

I’m disappointed because HIMSS is the only time I get to interact with you.

 

Let’s face it, for as much as we are a remote-in, FaceTime, Skype, Go-to-Meeting, WebEx kind of crowd, there’s nothing like interacting with humans in real life. Especially the other like-minded humans in healthcare who share the common goal of improving the way we treat our data.

 

We had a lot planned this year – a brand-new booth, a really fun Buzzword Bingo game to play (with a chance to win an iPad), an entire wall dedicated to “predicting-the-future” and what the next 20 years will bring to healthcare information technology, a customer appreciation event…It was shaping up to be a great HIMSS.

 

Sigh.

 

As a native Northeast Ohioan and lifelong fan of all things Cleveland, what I’m about to say rolls off the tongue a bit too easily…

 

There’s always next year.

 

And, next year, we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary (plus one) while at HIMSS21. Granted “MQ20 at HIMSS20” had a really nice ring to it. But, turning 21 means we don’t have to find an older kid to help us pull off a party while our parents are out of town.

 

Believe me when I tell you that in Vegas next year, we’re gonna have a big ol’ party where the only corona will come in a bottle, served with a lime.

 

(Secure your spot on the invite list!)

 

Until then, my fellow HIMSS-non-goers, enjoy a week not sleeping in a hotel.

 

And, please, wash your hands.

 

(*For those curious about this pop culture reference, Dante Hicks uttered this phrase in Kevin Smith’s debut film, Clerks, back in ’94. His day proved to be much worse than mine.)

Kel Pults, DHA, MSN, RN

Chief Clinical Officer

About the Author:
Kel Pults is Chief Clinical Officer for MediQuant. The first nurse to be hired by the company in 2014, she began helping to build the company’s clinical archive offering. Today she is one of 12 nurses and multiple others at the company with advanced degrees and both clinical and informatics experience.