Atlanta in March – a nice break from the snow and cold! Someone forgot to tell the weatherman, as two inches of snow landed on the Atlanta landscape and caused school closings, business closings, and airport craziness…

Inside the Georgia World Congress Center  people seemed not to notice. HIMSS10 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Conference and Exhibition offered networking opportunities and over 300 educational sessions regarding the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT, including EHRs and HIPPA requirements.

The halls seemed to go on forever, with more than 900 exhibiting companies showing their latest innovations including medical carts, cabinets, software, networks, and security solutions to name a few.   The 27,000+ attendees walked the show, visited booths, played video golf, and Rock Band, and possibly even stopped by the well-attended daily happy hour at a booth I won’t mention by name.

As I walked the show, the applications I saw were endless. Carts galore – from simple mobile workstations to very complex medication dispensing carts with electronic latching and full audit trail capability – most with Southco solutions! There were also many storage cabinets used for equipment, supplies and medications, again using Southco latches and hinges for a distinctive look and feel. Electronic access solutions seemed of great interest to nearly everyone we talked to as hospitals strive to ensure patient safety and privacy, while keeping medications controlled. On many occasions I found our electronic rotary latches and electronic strikes on applications at the conference. Which makes sense since I have often seen our design engineer’s workstations filled with pieces of medical equipment that they are developing new products for.

As the day went on my legs grew tired and I knew I had to refresh… a quick game of pop-a-shot and a Red Bull later, I was ready to explore again! And what did I find, but opportunities for Southco positioning control technology all over the expo. Ergonomics was on the top of everyone’s mind. The need to position monitors, devices and other medical equipment is vital to doctors, nurses and technicians work and companies are dedicating major resources to improving this area. There was a lot of interest in our new Dynamic Mounting Arm that allows easy positioning of screens and monitors. In addition to the Arm, our positioning control hinges will improve the flexibility of all kinds of medical equipment including wall mounts, cart monitors and even hand-held medical devices.

Well, I must close now… there is a lot of follow-up to be done for this fantastic show. Hope to see you next year in Orlando with Mickey!

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