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I’m excitedly preparing for my yearly trip to a very particular and peculiar trade show. Although walking through a foot of snow on my way to Sunny Orlando is reason enough to get excited, there is something more important warming away the Massachusetts Winter Blues – Progress. Real, imagined, measurable, soft, perceived, counterproductive, beneficial and vaporous PROGRESS. Feeling this Progress every year is important to offset the tendency to over-notice repetition and squash the suspicion that my colleagues and I are kicking at continually moving goalposts.
I work in several verticals and nowhere is this sentiment more common than Healthcare. Healthcare is at the same time charged and constrained…kind of there to make money but not too much, too quickly, or too dirtily. It is an environment that lends itself to frustration.
Appreciation for futility is hard-coded into Western thought as illustrated by the myth of Sisyphus. The cunning, wealthy and proud Sisyphus, king of Corinth proclaimed himself more clever than Zeus. Never a big fan of boasts against his supremacy Zeus cursed (or ‘tasked’ to you corporate folk) King Sisyphus with pushing/rolling/carrying a giant boulder to the top of a hill. Of course, whenever the boulder got close the to the top Zeus would unleash a Don Beebe Bolt to knock the rock out of Sisyphus’s grasp whereby it would roll down the hill thereby granting the wise king an opportunity to perfect his boulder rolling technique on the next futile ascent and giving Zeus a hearty laugh. Anyone who has worked in healthcare knows the feeling of being granted such ‘opportunities’ for perfection.
HIMSS serves as a counter-weight to that feeling that every day starts from Zero and that rocks don’t belong on the summit. People…regular ones like you, me, and Sisyphus have an opportunity to showcase what was, what is, what could be, and more importantly, what SHOULD be in the Healthcare Industry.
Healthcare is really the only vertical that nobody avoids entirely. However you look at it, politically or wherever you look at it, geographically healthcare isn’t perfect. Sometimes it appears to strive for imperfection just like the fallible persons it serves have a tendency to do.
The bright side is that every day, in every way it’s getting better and better. Me and the other HIMSS exhibitors collect the gains over 365 of those better days and show them to the world. That is exciting.
SlabbKiosks is very excited to be participating at HIMSS17 for yet another year. Come learn more about our healthcare solutions. Visit us at Booth #4794.