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Meditech cancels its HIMSS participation

WESTWOOD, Mass. – At the beginning of February, Meditech, Inc., announced that it will not be exhibiting at the HIMSS 2009 conference, which is being held in Chicago in April.

The HIMSS 2009 conference is a major industry event, attracting over 29,000 attendees last year. It conducts educational sessions and offers a trade show with hundreds of exhibiting companies.

For its part, Meditech is one of the largest suppliers of electronic health record systems; in addition to a sizable business in the United States and abroad, it provides many of the EHR systems used in Canadian hospitals. The company is located in the Boston area.

Commenting on the company’s withdrawal from the HIMSS conference and trade show, Meditech president Howard Messing said:

“Participating in the annual HIMSS conference has proven to be beneficial to Meditech and LSS through the years, as we have been able to renew acquaintances, attract new customers, and showcase new product offerings there.

“Nonetheless, the current economic climate mandates we pay particular attention to spending resources wisely this year. Just as we encourage customers to make HCIS selections based on value, we too must carefully evaluate our expenses and focus on priorities.

“For this reason, Meditech and LSS will not attend the HIMSS conference this year. Instead we will use communication channels such as our extensive program of regional events, annual workshops, Webex demonstrations, and to share information. Using this approach, we will be able to continue sharing information on key topics, control our expenses, and minimize everyone’s costs.”

Meditech provides integrated software solutions to meet the information needs of healthcare organizations around the world. Its software solutions support the entire continuum of healthcare, including physician practices, clinics, hospitals, home health agencies, long-term care and behavioral health facilities.