HIMSS17 Educational Programming: A Sneak Peek…

It’s that most wonderful time of the year!  The HIMSS17 Annual Conference Education Committee, led by chair Thompson H. Boyd, III, M.D., FACHE, CHCQM, CPHM, CPHIMS, physician liaison, Hahnemann University Hospital, has done its work: educational programming has been selected and sessions have been slotted. 

The line-up for both pre-conference and general conference education promises not to disappoint.  Our topics are diverse and there’s something for everyone.  For pre-conference education, we have added symposia on Precision Medicine, an active Learning Health System, PopHealth, and Medical Device Security.  Also, we’ve added new General Education topic categories on Genomics/Precision Medicine and Compliance, Risk Management, and Professional Integrity.  And we’ve enhanced existing categories by adding a component on the culture of care; diversity; cybersecurity; and patient safety.  We do this so that you, our attendee, has the most up-to-date information as possible to help you continually develop professionally in all that you do surrounding health and IT.

I continue to be amazed year over year at the breadth, depth, and quality of our proposed educational programming.  For those who have been reading my past annual conference blog posts (as well as those who know me personally,) it’s really difficult for me to isolate my session “favorites.” (Just sayin!’)  But here’s a sneak peek at what is intriguing to me.  By no means is this an exhaustive list, and, please know that we have those expected topics like interoperability/HIE, cybersecurity/privacy/security (25 sessions to be exact,) clinical informatics, connected health, innovation, physician engagement, etc.  But we also have sessions that pique one’s interest on topics like: social media governance, geospatial analysis, machine intelligence, home-growing a system, a CIO/CMIO dyad, traits of CISOs, location intelligence, reanimating a paralyzed limb, rogue IT, and WITFM on professional certification.  Add to this integrating EHRs with biosimulators, legacy system decommissioning, ResearchKit apps, and setting your org chart on fire…and not to mention a session on FHIR too!  Whew…and the list goes on!

At HIMSS17, we welcome a new session format called “Essential Conversation.”  Our submitters embraced the opportunity, with 21 sessions slotted with this new format, to present for 20 minutes and engage the audience in a discussion for 40.  We’ve added a second crowd-sourced event called YourTurn LIVE where attendees identify and select the topics one day, and then the next, a facilitator actively engages the audience at HIMSS Spot; we’re hosting a Social Education Hour on Wednesday afternoon after a full-day of education; and we’re planning a Career Fair of magnitude proportions to be held at the Hyatt Regency, across from the OCCC, on Tuesday.

To ensure that we are continually improving our offerings, we’re adding a touch of experiential elements to our educational evaluations; we’re engaging “secret shoppers” to help us evaluate our offerings; and we will even be setting up a mock stage in our Speaker Ready Room so our speakers can become comfortable with our reimagined stage set.

You haven’t registered yet?  Don’t delay so you can be sure to be part of “Where the brightest minds in health and IT meet.”