In a little over 2 weeks I’ll be hitting the road to attend my first HIMSS Conference. Preparing for the conference has been both exciting and a bit overwhelming. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed it and I am looking forward to so many things when the conference kicks off April 12th. Who wouldn’t be excited about Chicago-style pizza, hot dogs and the famous Chicago landmarks like Navy Pier, Willis Tower and The Bean? Although I am looking forward to being in the windy city, the three things I am looking forward to most will be taking place inside McCormick Place.
Interactions with Thousands of Healthcare Thought Leaders
With more than 35,000 healthcare IT professionals attending #HIMSS15 there is going to be ample time to interact with healthcare industry thought leaders about challenges, trends and the future outlook of the healthcare industry. I’m looking forward to discussions about innovations in healthcare technology and learning from the thousands of people I will be interacting with.
Social Engagements Online and In Person
The shear social aspect of the HIMSS conference is so exciting. The HIT social media landscape includes many influential and super-knowledgeable people throughout the healthcare industry. Many of these people I interact with online and I am looking forward to meeting them in person. From the #SoME ambassadors to the numerous hashtags and TweetChats, I am excited to dive into the whole HIMSS social media experience. I’m looking forward to the MeetUps: #HITChicks, #IHeartHIT and #HITMC as well as the New Media MeetUp (where I will be sure to enjoy some Gino’s East Pizza).
I am looking forward to the Converting Unknown Consumers into Patients Using Social Media TweetChat on Monday, April 13 at 11:30 AM CT (#hcsmIRL) and the #HITsm Panel Discussion on Tuesday, April 14 at 11:30 AM CT. With so many opportunities to get social it will be fun to interact with those at the HIMSS Conference in Chicago and those that are joining from all over the world!
Educational Sessions on Timely Healthcare Topics
In between my shifts at Booth #4460 I will be attending as many educational sessions as I can fit into my schedule. I’m looking forward to sessions on patient engagement, population health management, care coordination and BI and analytics. HIMSS has a great line-up of educational sessions from hundreds of speakers and I am eager to get there to learn from them! Easily follow more than 200 #HIMSS15 speakers here.
The thought leaders, social interactions and educational sessions combined with the event being located in Chicago are a perfect combination to make my first HIMSS experience one to remember.
Check out the video on the Top 3 Reasons to Connect with Perficient at #HIMSS15 and while you are there download our 2015 healthcare industry outlook guides for providers and health plans.
What are you looking most forward to at #HIMSS15? What am I missing? Let me know what you recommend and I’m looking forward to meeting you. @KateDTuttle