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Conference Education Topics

The main education topics for the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition are:

Business of Healthcare and New Payment Models

Discover the tools and resources needed to support financial and administrative transactions, related technologies, and emerging trends that support the integration and interoperability of financial systems with clinical systems. Learn how health IT is needed to support and enable the effective use of new service delivery mechanisms like ACOs, new healthcare coverage mechanisms like the health insurance marketplace, and new payment models like shared savings.

Care Coordination, Culture of Care, and Population Health

Explore best practices, how-to’s, and case studies on solutions that leverage technologies, processes and connected health strategies to improve health and quality outcomes while aligning organizational strategy to deliver sustainable practice efficiency, productivity and positive economic value through population health management. Learn about tools and resources that support the coordination of patient care and treatment across an increasingly diverse landscape of providers and clinical settings, and across multiple settings and under various fee-for-service and fee-for value payment systems.

Career/Workforce Development and Diversity

Discover exciting opportunities for displaced IT workers, veterans, clinicians, students, HIM professionals and others who want to move into or sustain careers in health IT and informatics, and learn about the career needs of maturing health IT professionals..

Clinical and Business Intelligence

Examine provider- and organization-focused best practices, lessons learned, and other tools and resources to help your organization better leverage C&BI tools, technologies and strategies that will optimize efficiency, effectiveness and patient outcomes in both the fee-for-service and value-based worlds.

Clinical Informatics and Clinician Engagement

Explore technologies and methodologies that deliver more efficient and safer patient care, engage in the transformation of health and healthcare, increase the effectiveness of translational research, and improve biomedical knowledge access. Learn how to effectively engage physicians and other clinicians to embrace technology and optimize health IT, along with related culture change implications.

Compliance, Risk Management and Program Integrity

Dive into the identification and mitigation of risks associated with the vast number of compliance issues that all healthcare organizations face. Explore the depths of managing the risks of increasing costs associated with non-compliance across a broad spectrum of legislation and regulation.

Connected Health

Examine connected health’s technical, workflow and adoption challenges and success stories, including provider opportunities and challenges driven by personal health technologies; new technology-enabled care models; connectivity between personal health technologies and EHRs; and a plethora of wellness and care environments.

Consumer and Patient Engagement

Explore consumer-oriented and provider tools, strategies and technologies that engage patients and caregivers to manage a patient’s healthcare and become active partners with providers and other professionals in managing their care.

Cybersecurity and Privacy & Security

Dive into the policies, procedures, workflow and management of secure and private health information, as well as privacy and security topics that emerge from the use of technology in the clinical and business workflow.


Delve into EHRs and related federal compliance programs like MACRA, MIPS and APMs. Learn about patient demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, unintended consequences, optimization, laboratory data and text reports.

Genomics/Precision Medicine

Understand why precision medicine is quickly emerging as an approach for personalized care, disease treatment and prevention. Discover how next-generation genomic technologies allow clinicians and biomedical researchers to drastically increase the amount of genomic data collected on large study populations, allowing researchers to better understand the genetic bases of drug response and disease.

Health Information Exchange, Interoperability and Data Access

Examine all aspects of information exchange and interoperability, from technical strategy to business sustainability to consumer engagement – including methods of connecting at the local, regional, state and national levels; support of advanced care models; and demonstration of value by increasing quality and reducing costs.

Human Factors, Usability and Design

Explore human factors and the increasing array of interaction between systems, devices, patients and providers to diagnose, treat and manage disease.

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Investment

Examine all aspects of health tech innovation and investment, including the emerging business landscape, funding trends, barriers to investment and provider tech adoption, and new market/sector opportunities. Find out how to get viable ideas and new products to market more efficiently, and learn about novel collaborations and partnerships between entrepreneurs, investors and providers for designing, evaluating, validating, funding and adopting emerging tech-enabled solutions.

IT Infrastructure, HIT Standards and Medical Device Integration

Discover how the design, development and implementation of health IT infrastructure advances the effective delivery of healthcare for individuals and populations. Learn about highly technical components such as wireless, cloud computing, business continuity, virtualization and other technologies that establish, support and enable healthcare organizations to deliver care effectively, efficiently, seamlessly and scalably at regional, national and international levels.

Leadership, Governance, Strategic Planning

Explore the many leadership aspects of health IT and management systems, and see how organizations have demonstrated value by focusing on topics such as defining and executing corporate strategy, formulating unique value propositions, and prioritizing and aligning IT investments with strategy. Learn how the IT C-suite leads, steers, interacts with and aligns system operational leadership with IT initiatives and how IT can transform an organization.

Process Improvement, Workflow, Change Management

Examine the design, installation and improvement of integrated systems of people, material, facilities, information, equipment and energy both internal to the IT organization and the organization as a whole.

Quality and Patient Safety Outcomes

Discover technologies, applications and technology-enabled workflows designed to help healthcare professionals measurably improve clinical outcomes and patient safety, and develop sustainable, EHR-enabled quality measurement programs compliant with aligned federal quality reporting programs.


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