Conference Education Topics

HIMSS21 will present highly vetted education sessions—available for continuing education credits—within 17 topic categories.

Academic Preparation, Professional Development or Workforce

Explore a multitude of health informatics professional development and workforce challenges and opportunities with delivering patient care in today’s complex healthcare environment—including administrative, financial, operational and technical areas. Learn how healthcare leaders can define, attract and develop the right mix of talent to meet the pressures of maintaining clinical excellence and technical competence today and the future. See how academicians and others can ensure the right education, tools, resources and experiences exist to support and grow a diverse and inclusive health informatics workforce; and what continuing professional development opportunities exist to ensure professionals can maintain and advance their practice.

Applied Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Explore how solutions like artificial intelligence and machine learning provide the promise, and more recently, the reality of revolutionizing the way healthcare data is analyzed and delivered. By leveraging the power of reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, learning, natural language processing and other methods, AI and ML can positively enhance efficiencies, reduce risk, increase value, improve outcomes and reduce clinical variation.

Bioinformatics or Healthcare Informatics Research

Examine case studies and lessons learned from implementation, strategies, research, best practices and more that discuss information, technologies, innovations and methodologies that impact patient care. Discover effective strategies to engage clinicians in embracing technology and optimizing health information and technology. Explore the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management and planning.

Change Management

Discover how to transform care processes through critical organizational capabilities such as process improvement, change management, and workflow analysis and design. Explore the design installation and improvement of integrated systems of people, culture, material, facilities, information, equipment and energy, both internal to the IT organization and the organization as a whole, to transform the delivery of care. Evaluate the art and impact of organizational change management processes, methods and models.

Consumers, Caregiver or Patient Experience

Examine tools, technologies, programs and strategies designed to embrace consumers (patients and their families) in becoming active partners with providers and other professionals in managing their health and wellness. Explore tools that encourage healthy behaviors, help patients manage their conditions, and enable patients and their families to be partners with clinicians in making appropriate healthcare decisions.

Cybersecurity, Information Security and Privacy

Healthcare organizations must diligently protect the privacy and security of information. This information may exist in many places, such as in the cloud, on a device, within an application, on stored media or within a database. Ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of this information for the safe and efficient operation of a healthcare organization and assets and devices within. Explore how to rigorously protect information and improve clinical care of patients.

Data & Analytics

As an essential tool for healthcare stakeholders across the continuum of care, data and analytics can provide insight and intelligence for health systems pursuing clinical transformation while dramatically improving clinical performance aligned with the quadruple aim.

Digital Health Transformation Leadership

The environment of health information and technology is fast-paced, dynamic and global. Disruptive changes brought about by digitization of data and information present both challenges and opportunities for organizations across many administrative, clinical and financial aspects. Discover how to adapt to understand and leverage the interdependencies of people, culture and technology to drive optimal value from data and what it reveals about delivering better, cost-effective care to all.

Health Information Exchange or Interoperability

Examine aspects of information exchange, interoperability and standards across technical and administrative strategies to sustain healthcare enterprises of all sizes and enable a positive individual and clinician experience. Critical to this topic are experiences with connecting individuals and their data with clinicians at the local, regional, state, national and global levels, while also supporting advanced care models, demonstrating value by increasing quality and reducing costs, and implementing services that add value to a clinician’s workflow.

Healthcare Applications and Technologies

Discover how real-world implemented technologies are improving outcomes with the use of administrative, clinical, financial and patient-focused applications. Examine measured impacts of applications and technologies that are leading to improved patient outcomes and quality. Topics include enterprise applications, cardiology information systems, clinically integrated supply chain, enterprise imaging, laboratory information systems, pharmacy information systems, application of EHR technologies and functions that drive and optimize value, and examples of demonstrated ROI in major capital investments.

Innovation, Entrepreneurs, or Venture Investment

Examine the entire lifecycle of aspects of health information and technology innovation and investment that positively affect healthcare by improving the care experience, individual and population health, and reducing costs. Strategies and tactics include the emerging business landscape, funding trends, new market and sector opportunities, and tackling barriers to investment and provider technology adoption. Explore the challenges and opportunities of taking viable ideas and new products to market more efficiently, and novel collaborations and partnerships between entrepreneurs, investors and providers for designing, evaluating, validating, funding and adopting emerging tech-enabled solutions that meet clinical needs to improve quality of care.

Pandemic Response

According to the World Health Organization, a pandemic is defined as the “worldwide spread of a new disease.” With COVID-19, we all are experiencing an unprecedented time for our healthcare community, our nation and our world. And as history often repeats itself, this may not be the last pandemic that we experience. With global disruption across every aspect of patient care, explore how technology has enabled the healthcare ecosystem to navigate this new, global normal.

Population Health, Public Health, SDOH

Explore how information and technology support collaborative societal efforts to both assure the conditions in which people can be healthy and the provision of care that promotes health and wellness of the population. Gain critical insights to inform ways community-based organizations, healthcare providers and public health institutions address specific health risks and needs, optimize health status, protect groups from harm, perform essential health tasks, allocate resources to overcome systemic challenges that drive chronic health conditions, and support physical and mental health and wellness in populations. Examine disparities and equity in treatment and research based on social determinants of health, including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other demographic characteristics (e.g., stable housing, balanced meals, reliable transportation, and access to healthcare services and social isolation). Identify ways to allocate resources equitably to overcome the challenges and opportunities of managing the population and/or public health of a community and larger areas, and eliminate or reduce disparities in care.

Precision Medicine and Health

Examine ways to provide the most effective and individualized care for each patient through omic-informed personalized care. Facilitated by evidence-based medicine, precision health is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that encompasses research and development to accelerate biomedical research using very large sets of health- and disease-related data, including genotypic, phenotypic and lifestyle data. Explore precision health tools and solutions, including molecular diagnostics, gene therapy, vector development, omic predictive analytics, and imaging and analytics/software. Dive into new informatics approaches that integrate many kinds of data with omic data to allow researchers to better understand the genetic bases of drug response and disease.

Telehealth, Connected Health, Virtual Health

Discover how telehealth is transforming healthcare operations of all kinds. From bringing specialty provider expertise to rural and remote areas to offering clinicians flexibility to better balance their lives, telemedicine use is growing rapidly through integration into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices, as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces. Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare in the digital world, since it greatly improves the quality, equity and affordability of global healthcare.

User Experience, Usability, User-Centered Design

Dive into the vast and increasing array of spaces, systems and devices used by providers and patients to diagnose, treat and manage disease states and wellness activities. Discover how the experience patients and providers have while interacting with these spaces, systems and devices has a direct impact on clinical, operational and financial outcomes. Explore the effect that product and process design choices have on the user experience, as well as implications for quality, safety, satisfaction and operational efficiency.

Volume to Value, Quality, Patient Safety

Examine the thoughtful application of information and technology required to shift from volume to value while also leveraging data to identify opportunities for improved safety and care delivery. Learn how to measurably improve clinical outcomes, enhance patient safety and address the business aspects of care delivery. Explore initiatives to develop robust quality measurement and improve care delivery and outcomes, along with guidance for designing, installing and improving integration of systems, including people, material, facilities, information, equipment and energy.