What’s New at HIMSS17

When the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition comes to Orlando, attendees will find new options to consider for education, exhibition and networking, as they plan their schedules.

The Theme

Where the brightest minds in health and IT meet – captures the essence of these five days with more than 350 education sessions, 1,200+ exhibitors and numerous networking events.

Our new education, exhibition and networking opportunities will equip our more than 40,000 attendees at HIMSS17 to positively transform health and healthcare through the best use of IT. Our attendees are at the core of our Annual Conference – supported not only by HIMSS, but by thousands of colleagues worldwide. Together, we can improve lives of people everywhere, and realize the vision of a transformed health system.

Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS.




Registration simplicity: Registration comes to attendees this year. By preregistering before arriving in Orlando, attendees can pick up their badges at the Orlando airport and selected hotels. With this convenient addition to the registration process, attendees arrive at the Orange County Convention Center ready to go to an education session or visit the exhibition floor.

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HIMSS Star Service

Attendees now have the option to work with a personal concierge to plan their HIMSS17 agenda and experience. Register for this service by Feb. 3 (additional fee required), to benefit from VIP services for travel, logistics and planning.

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When it comes to education at HIMSS17, attendees will find can’t-miss sessions in both specialty and general education. Preconference symposia and workshops, day-long forums or programs cover relevant topics.

Symposia Sessions

On Sunday, Feb. 19, HIMSS17 presents 10 symposia with 4 new topics:

  • Precision medicine
  • Learning health system
  • Population health
  • Medical device security


Look for Business Intelligence Best Practices, a new workshop offered on Sunday.

Other new forums and programs appear on the registration page under education. These include:

  • Cloud Computing Forum
  • Digital & Personal Connected Health @HIMSS17
  • Innovation Leaders Program
  • Startup + Workshop
  • Disruptive Women Luncheon
  • IEEE Presents: Rock Stars of Connected Health

Note: A separate fee and registration are required for symposia, workshops, forums and summit programs.


General Education

During the conference, Essential Conversation sessions will provide 20 minutes of content and 40 minutes of attendee interaction, where attendees are able to contribute to the conversations by not only hearing the experiences shared by attendees at the session, but also, by listening to multiple perspectives on the same issue.  The interactive session design allows attendees to connect with and learn from one another through the conversations and experiences of their peers. In other words, those ‘essential conversations.’

Career Fair: (Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando) is designed for both job seekers and employers.

Social Education Hour: (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:00 pm) gives attendees the opportunity to meet and network with speakers “up close and personal.”

Crowdsourced Events: YourTurn now with YourTurn Live completes this programming category.

Facility Site Visits: (Choose from either a morning tour from 7:30 am – Noon or an afternoon tour from Noon – 4:30 pm.) Select from either a morning or afternoon session where the two-hour tour will feature two stops: one at the Nemours Children’s Hospital and one at the VA SimLEARN Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Topic Conversion:

Of the 246 general education sessions, four new topic areas have been added:

  • Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Professional Integrity
  • Genomics/Precision Medicine

Some session topics have been combined to both strengthen the overall approach to education as well as expand the focus to correspond with today’s healthcare setting. For example, culture of care has been added to care coordination and population health; diversity to career/workforce development; cybersecurity to privacy/security; and patient safety to quality.   

 272 General Education Sessions
 10 Preconference Symposia
 2 Workshops


The HIMSS17 Exhibition floor is the place to find IT product and service innovations to meet the needs of healthcare providers at any level of health IT implementation. From disruptive technologies to the latest IT solutions, the exhibition floor offers attendees valuable time to engage in one-on-one discussions with representatives of exhibiting companies. Visit the HIMSS17 Exhibition floor on Monday, Feb. 20, to Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The Launch Pad sets apart new products and services and start-up companies in this area of the exhibition floor, especially designed so that attendees can easily find and visit these important exhibits.

Attendees can visit the International Pavilion at HIMSS17 to see what’s happening in health IT across the globe in this area showcasing multiple countries outside the United States.

Enjoy the Exhibition Hall Social Hour Monday, Feb 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, and have fun networking with peers and sampling sought-after products/services on the show floor. Don’t forget to stop by the new Networking Hubs on the exhibition floor to meet up with peers, recharge phones, tablets or other mobile devices, and simply relax during these 90 minutes set aside during the day.

 Other new Specialty Pavilion additions include: 



Wednesday Night Event Returns – Expect Epic:

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HIMSS17 Wellness Challenge and New Wellness Pavilion:

Bring your own activity tracker and be part of the three-day wellness challenge, from Monday, Feb. 20, through Wednesday, Feb. 22. Register for fun, daily prizes. Then, visit the new Wellness Pavilion to earn extra points, exercise using the treadmill and elliptical banks, and enjoy nutritious foods.

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New Health IT Awards:

Each year, HIMSS honors members for their contributions to improving health through IT with more than 20 different service and industry awards. At HIMSS17, two new awards will be included in the presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Awards Gala. Those new awards are:

  • HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Leader of the Year
  • HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award

Women in Health IT:

HIMSS North America with HIMSS Media introduces the new Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards, which honors women at all levels in their careers. Nominations are open until Oct. 17. Recipients of the award will be invited to a special Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards Dinner, Women in Health IT Roundtable and the Women in Health IT Reception during the conference. In addition, profiles of award recipients will appear in a special section of Healthcare IT News, plus recognition in HealthCareItNews.com/Women in HIT section.

HIMSS Analytics:

Stop by the HIMSS Analytics booth 2133 to learn more about:

  • New criteria for the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)SM
  • Healthcare IT Advantage -- This LOGIC dashboard was built specifically for providers to benchmark their organization against others. Access comes with taking part in the HIMSS Analytics Annual Study.
  • Maturity models beyond EMRAM -- Newer Maturity Models focused on Analytics (Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity -- AMAM) and interoperability and continuity of care (Continuity of Care Maturity Model -- CCMM).
  • LOGIC Health IT Market Intelligence Platform -- Experts will be on site at HIMSS17 to show the depth of this tool.

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