Program Formats

Conference programming includes a variety of formats to deliver world-class education.

In-person programming includes highly vetted sessions from industry leaders and specialty, niche programs to meet distinct needs. HIMSS is at the forefront covering cutting edge topics impacting the health IT ecosystem.

Featured Speaker Sessions: Keynotes & Views from the Top

Be inspired and explore possibilities with leading innovators and doers. Industry luminaries, top-ranking government officials and world-renowned influencers guide our vision for realizing full health potential of every human, everywhere.Included with all registrations.

Concurrent Education Sessions

Learn from the industry’s finest speakers—sharing their best practices, applicable tools, and stories from “in the trenches” across our topic areas. All sessions go through a highly vetted peer-review process to ensure only the highest quality presentations make the stage. Many sessions are CE-approved and offer an excellent opportunity to earn continuing education credit for renewal of various accreditations and certifications. Included with all registrations.


Attend outcomes-focused conference education sessions on a specific topic—showcasing best practices, lessons learned “in the trenches,” and actionable insights.

Panel Discussions

Hear vetted speakers share their expertise and engage in friendly debate in a lively panel format. Designed to foster collaboration and new perspectives, these thought-provoking conversations from diverse professionals will both inspire and provide meaningful audience takeaways.

Essential Conversations

Connect with other changemakers during interactive, facilitated dialogues. Participate in conversations with the entire room and listen to multiple perspectives on the same issue. These sessions are a great opportunity to meet others who share your interests—and to then continue the conversation afterward in networking areas.

Learning Bursts

Gain inspiration from compelling 30-minute sessions designed to provide quick innovation takeaways around critical health and information technology topics. Expect bite-sized, actionable information and valuable datapoints you can immediately apply.

Special Forums

Jumpstart your week with a topic-focused or role-specific program on Monday—before general programming and the exhibition opens. Each full-day event immerses you in actionable ideas and connections with others who share your interests.

You can select one Forum if you purchase the Conference Plus Pass option or buy an a la carte Forum ticket for $350.

Attend a special forum if you want to:

  • Build your network with like-minded attendees.
  • Focus your time within a dedicated topic area.
  • Earn CE credit from approved sessions
  • Gain the most from your time in Chicago.

Global Health Policy Connection Sessions

Participate in sessions focused on cross-government collaboration of health information and technology programs. Gain insights into key initiatives, plans, priorities and opportunities—and how policy decisions will impact your organization. Included with all registrations.

Government Sessions

Hear from experts at all levels of government sharing current health information and technology-related public policy initiatives like Medicare, information blocking, cybersecurity, and Congressional and state policy actions. Included with all registrations.

HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence Sessions

The HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence showcases the thoughtful, evidence driven application of information and technology by health systems, outpatient providers, community clinics, post-acute care organizations, and public health entities from around the globe.

Industry Solutions Sessions

Learn from peers that have implemented solutions along with the business partners that are helping them achieve success. Sponsored by market suppliers, these presentations focus on problem sets and real-life, implementable outcomes. Included with all registrations.

Exhibition Theater Sessions

Attend sessions in your areas of interest throughout the exhibit floor Tuesday - Thursday. These specialty pavilion theatres are home to exhibitors—from established industry icons to nimble startup companies—with the products and solutions needed to solve important challenges. Included with all registrations

Session Series

Focus your attention and deeply explore topics of interest by attending curated sessions scheduled back-to-back in the Concurrent Education agenda. Included with all registrations

Poster Presentations

View on-demand posters, presented in various locations across conference. Some posters will be only available within Add-on Events, including nursing and physician-focused special forums.