For those of you who follow me in various social media outlets, my profile states that I have “responsibilities for all things surrounding lifelong learning, networking and engagement in health IT.” To help you develop professionally, as well as to help me meet my responsibilities, one of the best ways is for you to attend the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which will be held in New Orleans, La., March 3-7, 2013.
Things have dramatically changed over the years, since my first HIMSS conference in San Antonio, Texas in 1995. I’m here to help you navigate the many opportunities, so that your experience is both exceptional and rewarding.
At HIMSS13, our keynotes are nationally recognized names with a diverse range of topics.
This year, we welcome notables like
- Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System (Monday) ;
- Eric Topol, MD of The Scripps Research Institute; (Tuesday);
- President Bill Clinton; (Wednesday);
- Farzard Mostashari, MD (Thursday AM); and
- James Carvel and Karl Rove (Thursday PM).
In our Views From the Top session, we have six highly compelling sessions that feature a range of topics. HIMSS13 also provides opportunities for pre-conference education with symposia and workshops on many topics, including, but not limited to, data warehousing, clinical and business intelligence and meaningful use.
In our general education program, we have 21 topic categories that span over 200 sessions.
From a specialty perspective, we offer a look at bending the cost curve in Leading from the Future; our HIT X.0: Beyond the Edge event focus continues on innovation, and the Healthcare Transformation Project will inspire, energize and empower senior executives to make a lasting impact on health IT.
Can’t attend the conference? We have a solution for that too! Join us for our re-imagined HIMSS13 Online that couples a news-style approach and on-demand access with networking; it will feature President Bill Clinton who will be simulcast live to audiences worldwide. Now how cool is that?!
Looking for a specific topic, like meaningful use, mobile health or ICD-10? We’ve made it easier for you, with our user-friendly website presence, to identify those topics and post to your Outlook calendar while also adding other appointments while at HIMSS13. And using a smartphone or smart tablet? No need to download a mobile app, because our website offers “responsive design” and will automatically resize to the device you use.
And learning takes place on the Exhibit Floor as well with our Meaningful Use Experience, our Walk and Learns, the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, the Intelligent Hospital, or Knowledge Centers, which feature all things clinical and business intelligence, ICD-10 and mobile topics.
Networking: New to HIMSS13? We have a conference orientation session for First Time Attendees on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 2-3 p.m. ET. (We also have a session for HIMSS13 Online attendees on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 2-3 p.m. ET) and for Repeat HIMSS Conference attendees on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 4-5 p.m. ET). Registration for all three webinars will open shortly.
While at HIMSS13, don’t miss our Opening Reception on Monday, the ever-popular Awards Banquet on Tuesday night, or the Wednesday Night Special Event at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World.
Engagement: Be sure to plan your visit to the Exhibition Floor with the Conference Exhibitors Guide (integration with your HIMSS13 Outlook calendar is coming in January). Engage with existing exhibitors while meeting new ones. Interested in talking with clinical practices who have attested to meaningful use while comparing certified Meaningful Use solutions side-by-side at HIMSS13? Be sure to visit our Meaningful Use Experience.
And, my one of my favorite engagement events is the Communities Open House at HIMSS13. This is your opportunity to learn about achievements of the many volunteer communities engaged with HIMSS: meet and talk with our Chapter Leaders, Community Leaders, Committee Chairs, and HIMSS Staff to learn more about how you too can volunteer with HIMSS.
While I’ve listed a multitude of opportunities, what tips do you have for our attendees to navigate HIMSS13?