With over 1,000 vendors at the 37,000 attendee HIMSS12, I admit getting a wee bit glassy eyed. Then a friend showed me Aventura. It's a virtual desktop for use in hospitals. Yet this is not just another EMR, it is a framework in which all your applications run.
What's cool about it, is that it is location aware (through a tap of a RFID card). Not only does it hook you up to the nearest working printer, but it changes your applications. For instance it might be great to IM and email in your office, but not in a patient's room. There you want to see that patient record. With an extensive rules based engine, it makes sure you have the tools you need, when you need it.
And for those who carry around an iPad, as soon as you swipe your card, your iPad displays just what you need.
But that's only half of the story. The person who gave the demo was an actual living and breathing developer.
Why is this important? Because when your developers actually work with real customers, great things happen to your applications.