Ed Dodds pointed me to this, and while it's not a big story it's a good indication of where we're going.
Drupal, an open source CMS with a commercial arm called Acquia, is a fine choice. In the interest of full disclosure I should add I have used Drupal since 2005 at Voic.Us, although ZDNet uses Wordpress.
This is newsworthy only because HIMSS itself is a collection of highly proprietary vendors. As I said in covering last year's HIMSS show in Orlando, it looked like nothing so much as a 1986 Comdex. That was not meant as a compliment.
But to build community it's going open source.
What does it mean when a proprietary organization launches a site driven by open source? Not always much. All sorts of sites use Drupal, including entertainment companies building proprietary community databases.
HealthcareIT says its Drupal installation will let it build a new "reader community," a welcome form of interaction I have become well familiar with over the last several years. Congratulations.
The real question on these things isn't whether you're taking feedback, but how you're responding to it, and whether you're letting yourself be steered by it or seeking to steer it yourself.
We'll see what it is in this case.