This week marked the annual HIMSS Conference. HIMSS, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, is the big annual gathering of IT firms trying to market their wares into healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurers.
While usually a time for big partnerships, acquisitions, deployments, and new client wins, this year’s HIMSS kicked off in a rather inglorious manner. On Sunday news broke that world-renowned cancer center MD Anderson had discontinued their partnership with IBM Watson. After a string of big wins by the Watson team, this appeared to be the first – and certainly the largest – setback.