Conference Education Topics

The main education topics for the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition are:

Clinical Informatics & 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 & Program Integrity

Delve 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 & Telehealth

Examine connected health’s and telehealth’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 & Patient Engagement

Explore consumer- and provider-oriented 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.

Culture of Care & Care Coordination

Discover best practices, how-tos, and case studies on interventions and 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 care and treatment across various provider and clinical settings, and under various fee-for-service and fee-for value payment systems.

Data Analytics/Clinical & 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.


Delve into the optimization of EHR technologies and the collection and use of patient demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, and vital signs to improve operational and clinical outcomes. Learn about the role these technologies can play in developing compliance strategies; the goals of incentive programs and emerging payment models; and their applicability to related privacy and security issues.

Emerging Payment Models for Value-Based Care

Uncover the business processes and technical functionalities required to create the administrative framework necessary to support emerging payment models such as ACOs, bundled payment, medical home models, and shared risk.

Health Informatics Education, Career Development & Diversity

Explore health informatics education, including degrees, certifications, post-doctoral training, curriculum development, program accreditation, and professional development. Additional topics include opportunities for those who want to move into a career in health IT/informatics; the needs of health IT professionals as they mature in their careers; and expanding diversity in the field.

Health Information Exchange, Interoperability & Data Integration

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; demonstration of value by increasing quality and reducing costs; and services that add value to a clinician’s workflow.

HIT Infrastructure & Standards

See how the design, development, and implementation of health IT infrastructure advance 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.

Human Factors, User Experience & Design

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

Improving Quality Outcomes Through Health IT

Uncover technologies, applications, and technology-enabled workflows designed to help healthcare professionals measurably improve clinical outcomes and develop sustainable, health IT-enabled quality measurement and outcomes improvement programs compliant with aligned federal quality reporting programs.

Innovation, Entrepreneurship & 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 and sector opportunities. Find out how to get viable ideas and new products to market more efficiently; and learn about collaborations and partnerships between entrepreneurs, investors, and providers to design, evaluate, validate, fund, and adopt emerging tech-enabled solutions.

Leadership, Governance, Strategic Planning

Explore 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.

Patient Safety & Health IT

Discover how thought-leading healthcare providers are establishing a proactive, methodical approach to health IT process improvement that includes assessing patient safety risks; the importance of information governance; utilizing multidisciplinary approaches to integrate quality, safety, and IT departments in addressing potential risks, vendor selection and involvement; change management; and system effectiveness monitoring.

Pharmacy Standards & Technology

Examine how increasing awareness, identifying the impact, and promoting the advancement of pharmacy and technology can improve quality of care. Topics include the role that pharmacy standards and technology play in addressing the opioid epidemic and within health information exchanges (HIEs); and all areas of pharmacy technology innovation – including standards that enable and optimize electronic prescribing, prescription drug monitoring programs, and others.

Population Health

Explore how communities, healthcare providers, and public health organizations can allocate resources to overcome the problems that drive poor health conditions in populations, including diabetes, obesity, autism, heart disease, and more; and how IT plays a central role in assessing and addressing population health.

Precision Medicine/Genomics

See why precision medicine has emerged as an approach for personalized care, disease treatment, and prevention – as well as research and development to accelerate biomedical models – using very large sets of health- and disease-related data linked to individual patients to collect and link genotypic, phenotypic, and lifestyle data. Learn how next-generation genomic technologies and new informatics approaches allow researchers to better understand the genetic bases of drug response and disease.

Privacy, Security & Cybersecurity

Delve 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.

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.

Public Policy

Explore the federal and state policy actions that are influencing how health IT is enabling healthcare transformation across the continuum of care; how the community is implementing these policies; the challenges and opportunities from government action on health IT; and how future legislative and regulatory initiatives may affect health delivery. Topics include accelerating the shift to value-based care delivery; spurring advancements in interoperability and exchanging health information; and advancing precision/personalized medicine.

Social, Psychosocial & Behavioral Determinants of Health

Examine case studies and how-tos on assessing and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) in specific patient populations, with a focus on how this work affects health outcomes. Examples of topics include SDOH data collection; community assessment of social service organizations; connecting patients to social service organizations; demonstrating communication/collaboration between healthcare and social service organizations; and identifying the reduction of social risk and clinical outcomes.