• Ruth Amos RN JD

HIMSS and the Giant Peach- a Modern Healthcare Fable

Next week is the huge HIMSS event in Las Vegas!

I’m excited to join the more than 45,000 attendees who will be meeting to discuss, peruse, and attempt to provide common sense navigation within the labyrinth we call digital health. In the spirit of positive thinking, I’m also trying to avoid a nagging feeling of having to parade through a mind numbing circus of vendors, events and endless chatter while I’m there.

As I prepare for this amazing opportunity to network with experts from across the globe, I am reminded of the story written by British author Roald Dahl in the 1960’s entitled James and the Giant Peach. Some of you may have had this on your reading list in school- if not, below is a brief plot synopsis from Wikipedia:

“The plot centres on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with seven magically-altered garden bugs he meets. They set off on a journey to escape from James' two mean and cruel aunts.”

So in advance of HIMSS, I present to you HIMSS and the Giant Peach- a Modern Healthcare Fable:

Once upon a time, a young fellow named HIMSS set about to find a way to escape the mean healthcare system that constantly beat up and exploited healthcare providers and patients. The system had become so large and unwieldy that very few had the courage to confront it. HIMSS was determined to do something positive, so he banded with fellow healthcare people like the #pinksocks tribe and social media ambassadors to go on a brave journey across the world, each taking a bite from the magic peach of digital data awareness. They met with critics, nay sayers, and a large group who only wanted to make money off of the tragic situation. Undaunted, HIMSS and his merry men and women continued on with their quest and made tremendous progress in redesigning healthcare so that the beast within it had no more power to destroy. And they all lived happily (and digitally) ever after.


See you next week in Vegas! Please PM me if you’d like to connect in person.

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