Conference Education Topics

HIMSS20 will present 300+ highly-vetted education sessions—available in November—within 17 topic categories:

Applied Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Next generation tools like artificial intelligence and machine learning provide the promise, and more recently, the reality of revolutionizing the way health and healthcare is 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, and weaken clinical variation.

Biomedical Informatics or Healthcare Informatics

The Biomedical Informatics or Healthcare Informatics topic category focuses on information, technologies, innovations and methodologies that identify ways to deliver more efficient and effective patient care to improve health outcomes. Clinicians engaged biomedical informatics strive to improve knowledge access and contributing guidance on effective strategies to engage clinicians in embracing technology and optimizing health information and technology. Health informatics topics also address the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management, and planning.

Consumerization and Patient Experience

The Consumerization and Patient Experience topic category focuses on tools, technologies, programs, and strategies designed to embrace consumers, specifically, individuals, patients, and their families, in becoming active partners with providers and other professionals in managing their health and wellness. As individuals confront their challenges and take control of their health, payers and clinicians must provide tools that encourage healthy behaviors. By doing so, individuals, caregivers, and families will have a stronger and more equal voice in their own health and their healthcare decisions.

Cybersecurity, Privacy, or Security

Healthcare organizations must protect at all levels the privacy and security of patient information. In the digital realm, a strong cybersecurity program is a necessity. Cybersecurity goes hand in hand with information privacy and other aspects of security (such as physical security). Every organization must respect and maintain the privacy and security of patient information, no matter how small or large and no matter where they are located.

Data and Analytics

HIMSS defines data analytics and clinical and business intelligence (C&BI) as the aggregation, analysis, and use of clinical, financial, operational, and non-traditional data captured inside and out of the healthcare setting to directly inform decision-making. As an essential tool for healthcare stakeholders across the continuum of care, data analytics and clinical and business intelligence systems can provide insight and intelligence, making it an essential tool for health systems pursuing clinical transformation while dramatically improving clinical performance aligned with the quadruple aim.

Health Information Exchange or Interoperability

Topics in this category will examine all aspects of information exchange, interoperability and standards across technical and administrative strategies that contribute to sustaining the healthcare enterprise regardless of the size and enabling a positive consumer experience. Critical to this topic are experiences with connecting patients and their data with clinicians at the local, regional, state, national levels, 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

Proposals in this category focus on the process, the people, and the technologies that lead to improved outcomes with the use of administrative, clinical, and financial applications with emphasis on the infrastructure required to deliver applications and technologies that will lead to improved patient outcomes and quality.

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, or Venture Investment

Proposals in this category should examine the entire lifecycle of all aspects of healthcare 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 to do so, including, but are not limited to, the emerging business landscape, funding trends, barriers to investment and provider technology adoption, and new market and sector opportunities. By exploring the challenges and opportunities of taking viable ideas and new products to market more efficiently, as well as, novel collaborations and partnerships between entrepreneurs, investors and providers for designing, evaluating, validating, funding, and adopting emerging tech-enabled solutions that meet clinical needs, quality of care delivered can be greatly enhanced.

Leadership, Governance, or Strategy

The environment of healthcare information and technology is fast-paced, dynamic, global, and ever changing. Leading organizations through disruptive changes brought about by digitization of data and information presents both challenges and opportunities across many administrative, clinical, and financial aspects. Leaders in today’s digital health environment must constantly adapt in order 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.

Organizational Change Management

To truly transform care processes, critical organizational capabilities like process improvement, change management, and workflow analysis and design are essential for today’s healthcare information and technology professional. By focusing on 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, organizations anywhere can realize transformative change in the delivery of care that is provided.

Personalized Health and Genomics

Precision health represents a new frontier with the goal of providing the best available care for each patient through genomics-informed personalized care. Facilitated with evidence-based medicine, precision health is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention, as well as research and development to accelerate biomedical research, using very large sets of health and disease-related data linked to individual patients to collect and link genotypic, phenotypic and lifestyle data. Tools employed can include molecular diagnostics, imaging, and analytics/software. Next-generation genomic technologies allow clinicians and biomedical researchers to drastically increase the amount of genomic data collected on large study populations. Combining new informatics approaches that enable access and integrate many kinds of data with genomic data in disease research allows researchers to better understand the genetic bases of drug response and disease.

Population Health or Public Health

Public and population health management address the health and wellness status issues of aggregate populations from various perspectives. It brings significant health concerns into focus and addresses ways in which communities, healthcare providers, and public health organizations can allocate resources to overcome the problems that drive poor health conditions – e.g., diabetes, obesity, autism, heart disease, opioid addiction – and support health and wellness in that population. Both public health and population management programs work to know the population, optimize health status, and protect groups from harm. As healthcare continues to be viewed as a more holistic endeavor, remaining connected to patients outside the traditional clinic walls of a healthcare setting will require coordination of care, which will also demonstrate to patients that their needs are fully understood and met. Facilitated on a foundation of people and culture, business and financial functions, and data, information, technology, and actionable analytics, stakeholders can identify ways to allocate resources to overcome the challenges and opportunities of managing the population and public health of a community and beyond.

Professional Development or Workforce Development

Professional development occurs when employees engage in lifelong learning and networking to advance one’s professional practice, whereas, workforce development provides the education and training needed for employees to support current and future business and industry needs. When delivering patient care in today’s complex healthcare environment, executive leadership faces a multitude of health informatics professional development or workforce development challenges and opportunities across administrative, financial, operational, and technical areas. To meet the pressures of maintaining clinical excellence and technical competence, healthcare leaders must define, attract, and develop the right mix of talent for today and the future; academicians and others must ensure the right education, tools, resources, and experiences exist to support and grow a diverse and inclusive health informatics workforce; and continuing professional development opportunities must exist so that professionals may maintain and advance their practice.

Quality Improvement Model Practices

Topics in this category address technologies, applications, technology-enabled workflows, policies, and internal strategies for leveraging data to identify opportunities for improved care delivery designed to help healthcare professionals measurably improve clinical outcomes; and develop sustainable health IT-enabled quality measurement and outcomes improvement programs along with guidance for designing, installing, and improving integration of systems, including but not limited to people, material, facilities, information, equipment, and energy all designed to improve the care delivered to patients.

Telehealth

Telehealth, or the provision of care via information and communications technology (ICT) across time and space, is transforming healthcare operations of all types. 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 healthcare throughout the world.

User Experience (UX), Usability, or User-Centered Design

There is a vast and increasing array of spaces, systems and devices used by providers and patients to diagnose, treat and manage disease states and wellness activities. The experience patients and providers have while interacting with those spaces, systems, and devices has direct impact on clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. This category explores the effect that product and process design choices have on the user experience, and its implications for quality, safety, satisfaction and operational efficiency.

Value-Based Care Models

This topic category provides global guidance on business processes and technical functionality required to create the administrative, clinical, and financial framework necessary to support the disruption of traditional care models to effectively and efficiently deliver value-based chronic and acute care.