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Why Go to HIMSS15?

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After I entered clinical informatics, I went to my first Annual HIMSS Conference in 2001.

This was soon after the Institute of Medicine released its reports ‘To Err is Human’ and ‘Crossing The Quality Chasm’ defined the electronic medical record as an essential technology for health care.

My first conference offered opportunities to network with others who wanted to transform health care with information technology.  The HIMSS Annual Conference let me both hear about and see the latest and greatest technology. I very quickly learned that it was a fascinating event that everyone who is committed to health IT should attend.

The Annual Conference has grown much since then. Networking has expanded, as well. There are receptions and other networking opportunities for nursing, physicians, women, and those new to health IT. Need a place to connect with friends between educational sessions and demos? Visit the HIMSS Spot, conveniently, centrally located with ample seating and coffee.

If you are new to health IT, be sure to explore and take advantage of the career development opportunities at HIMSS15. The conference hosts review courses and exams for the CAHIMS and CPHIMS certifications.

The pre-conference symposia, occurring April 12, 2015, provides focused venues for keeping up to date on particular health IT specialty areas. Being a physician, I have always gone to the Physicians IT Symposium to hear leaders in medical informatics discuss the burning issues of the day. Other symposia for 2015 include Changing Payment Models, Clinical & Business Intelligence, Health Information Exchange, Innovation, Management Engineering and Process Improvement, Mobile Health, Nursing Informatics, Patient Engagement, and Quality.

Shopping for any technology? There will be more than 1,200 vendors exhibiting at the 2015 conference. You can visit competing vendors and compare products to find the one that fits your needs. Almost 300 EHR companies will be in the exhibition halls.

A big step beyond just standalone product demonstrations and a highlight of attending conference are the interactive demonstrations and specialty exhibits: the Medical Home, Intelligent Hospital, Clinical and Business Intelligence Knowledge Center, Disaster Preparedness, Mobile Health, Connected Patient Gallery, Cyber Security Command Center, HIMSS Health Value Suite, and the Interoperability Showcase. Each site pulls together various technologies within the context of their particular topic area.

For all these reasons, I’m excited to attend the HIMSS conference each year.

I look forward to drinking coffee and networking with you at the HIMSS Spot! :)

About the Contributor
Ken Ong, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of New York Hospital Queens and a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. His professional activities include: Member, Health Information Management and Systems Society Board of Directors (HIMSS); Member, Healthcare Association of New York State's Health Information Strategy Group; Member, Greater New York Hospital Association Health I.T. Steering Committee; past president of the New York State chapter of HIMSS; past president and board member of Medical Informatics New York. He has devoted the last dozen years to clinical informatics in hospitals located in New York.