All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18

Actually, my bags are never unpacked (given my travel schedule for the past three decades), but the pace is now a bit slower. I’m really looking forward to attending HIMSS18. Renewing friendships and striking up some great conversations will be high on my list, but I’ll focus my time on these areas:

Innovation. I frequently say that we must innovate and be disruptive to change healthcare’s ills and costs. So I decided to put action behind my words, signing up for the Innovation Symposium on Monday, March 5. I’m anxious to hear the faculty share their thoughts, actions, and successes around the theme “Innovation as a Strategic Imperative.” The event appears to be very practically oriented, as it will discuss culture’s impact on innovation, models for innovation, and attributes of innovation success. I’m going to pay close attention to see how this agenda addresses some of the points McKinsey raised in their recent article. The article, while heavy on a cost discussion, certainly correlates to a broader need for providers and technology vendors to innovate in order to deliver value to ever-more-powerful and engaged consumers.

Educational Sessions. I am most anxious to hear Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, talk about how CMS is using information and technology. Having worked with CMS staff periodically over the past 15 years, it will be enlightening to hear her spin on the topic. I’m also keen to hear the Wednesday morning international panel discuss “Inspiring Digital Health Innovation: Transformative Insights from Across the Globe.” The USA, sadly, leads the world in healthcare costs, so I’m hoping some perspectives on using data to enhance quality and reduce costs will be shared.

Can’t Forget the Exhibits. Since “booth duty” is thankfully no longer part of my role, I’m really looking forward to wandering the exhibit hall to see new technology and hear success stories. I will focus my time in the Interoperability Showcase, as well as the vendor area, listening for success stories addressing governance, interoperability, and Person/Provider Identity solutions.

HIMSS is a social event. Many years when I’ve attended HIMSS I‘ve learned more to advance my knowledge and career by attending receptions and networking with colleagues. This year I think the program is really strong, but I know I’ll learn even more from my network. So, I’m going to the IMT reception Wednesday evening to hear reception sponsored by eHI and SHIEC, I hope to garner some nuggets to advance interoperability and data exchange.

If your own bags are packed for HIMSS and you want to connect, please send me an email or seek me out at the IMT reception. I’ll share in a March posting my thoughts on the Innovation Symposium, and other sessions. In the meantime, travel safe and be innovative.