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READY, SET, GO: HIMSS Global Conference Starts Next Week!

TIGER Events & Sessions at HIMSS Global Conference (HIMSS18)

All of our events take place in Pacific Time, local time in Las Vegas, Nevada:

TIGER Community Tour of the Interoperability Showcase
Date: Tuesday, March 6th
Time: 2:00pmPT
Location: Sands Convention Center, Level 1, Hall G, Booth 11955
Duration: 1 hour
Registration: Click here to register by Monday, February 26th

During the TIGER
tour, you will discover the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase – a premier 34,000-square-foot exhibition that demonstrates the interoperability imperative for connecting health and care. Learn more about innovative solutions as you interact with vendors and kiosks, and exchange ideas and best practices with interoperability experts and other attendees at networking events.

Global TIGER Community Meetup

Date: Wednesday, March 7th
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pmPT
Location: Sands Convention Center – Level 2 Lobby C2 | HIMSS Spot – Campfire Area
Registration: RSVP at

All global TIGER community members, pioneers, volunteers, leadership and those wishing to get involved, are welcome to join us and learn about our current projects, resources and ask questions. Learn about the EU*US eHealth Work Project and discover how you can get involved today!

TIGER Endorsed Sessions
This year, TIGER endorsed HIMSS18 sessions that best fit our global focus on education reform, fostering community development and most recently via the EU*US eHealth Work Project, workforce development:

Enabling a Stronger, More Skilled Global eHealth Workforce
| Tuesday, March 6th | 10:00amPT
Presented by Rachelle Blake, MHA, PA, Founder, CEO and Managing Director, Omni Micro/Omni Med Solutions, and Stephan Schug, MD, Chief Medical Officer, EHTEL.

The Impact of Smartphone Technology in Clinical Practice | Tuesday, March 6th | 11:30amPT
Presented by Sean P. Spina, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Human Factors & Workforce Solutions to Connected Care | Tuesday, March 6th | 1:00pmPT
Presented by Susan Dentzer, President and CEO, Network For Excellence In Health Innovation, and Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS North America.

Educating the Next Generation of Physician Informaticians | Tuesday, March 6th | 2:30pmPT
Presented by Bruce Levy, MD, CPE, Chief Medical Information Officer, CNIO, CCIO, Geisinger Health System

Building Capacity through Diversity in Health IT Education | Thursday, March 8th | 2:30pmPT
Presented by Lisa Merritt, MD, Executive Director, Multicultural Health Institute, and Rachelle Blake, MHA, PA, Founder, CEO and Managing Director, Omni Micro/Omni Med Solutions.

We hope you can attend one or more of these informative events/sessions in Las Vegas!


Read the new HIMSS Value Guide, “Develop an Engaged Nursing Informatics Culture.” The Value Guide was created by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee, and provides an overview of actions to take to develop an engaged nursing informatics culture at healthcare organizations.

Visit the HIMSS Value Suite to see more Value Guides. HIMSS Value Guides provide best practice guidance by offering education and action plans from industry thought leaders focused on key areas that drive health IT value optimization.


HIMSS Communities Carnival at HIMSS18


On Tuesday, March 6, from 5:00-6:30 pm PT, the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian will transform into the HIMSS Communities Carnival showcasing the wonderful opportunities HIMSS offers. This is an excellent time to explore HIMSS offerings by engaging with HIMSS volunteers, community liaisons, and staff who will be spotlighting HIMSS chapters, content, volunteer opportunities, education, career advancement, advocacy, and much more. The Midway will feature carnival games, snacks and beverages, plus fabulous raffle prizes.

Women in Health IT Roundtable at HIMSS18

Thursday, March 8 l 9:30am-10:30am PT

Meet with influential women in health information and technology to increase your leadership opportunities and expand your knowledge. Engage in thought-provoking conversations that address not only gender-related challenges, but job-specific issues and career planning tips. Network with experienced executives, emerging leaders, and peers outside of your organization for diverse and innovative discussions. This is a complimentary session for all HIMSS18 attendees that are members of the Women in Health IT Roundtable (any HIMSS member can join the roundtable at no additional cost). Click here to register. More information in the blog, Your Peer Network: A Critical Investment #WOMENINHIT.

International Women’s Day at HIMSS18 on Thursday, March 8th

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Join us on Thursday, March 8 and show your support by wearing purple. HIMSS empowers and enables the advancement of women in health IT information and technology, and the need for more community, resources and recognition of women who have made a difference sector-wide. Click here to learn more.


Congratulations to Mari Tietze, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS, Professor, Texas Woman’s University, TIGER Committee member, TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) sub-Committee liaison, and her new husband, Steve Love, President and CEO, Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council, on their marriage. They tied the knot on Friday, February 16th. We are simply delighted for Dr. Tietze and wish them both a lifetime of happiness together!

Steve Love (left), Mari Tietze (middle) joined by their pastor (right).

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