The post-EHR era is well and truly here, but EHR-centric challenges are still as thorny as ever. The concept of a “post-EHR” era is one that’s been explored on this website, at least since the beginning of 2014, if not earlier. Four years later, an action-packed week spent at HIMSS18 offers irrefutable proof that the idea is now reality.At this writer’s first HIMSS conference, more than eight years ago, EHR technology was still sufficiently novel that HIMSS10 featured something called the “Electronic Health RecordElectronic Medical Record Pavilion and Theatre,” where curious attendees could learn about this newfangled way of storing patient data, one that wasn’t made of bleached wood pulp.At HIMSS18? There was the day-long Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event and the Blockchain Forum, HIMSS VentureConnect and Rockstars of Emerging Healthcare Technology. The Innovation Live showcase in Hall G was populated with leading-edge companies touting AI, augmented reality, biometrics, IoT and much more. And far from theoretical, many of those technologies are already on the minds of leading CIOs.

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