Five Ways to Maximize Your HIMSS19 Experience

It’s the final countdown to HIMSS19! Get ready for an unforgettable week as you join forces with 45,000 champions of health for five days packed with powerful education, innovation and collaboration.

Are you ready? Here are some tips to help you plan, pack and prepare for HIMSS19.

1. Do a Deep-Dive into the Program

Every meaningful experience starts with a solid plan. We always encourage attendees to review our event programming ahead of time in order to create the best experience possible.

Before joining us in Orlando, establish your objectives or goals. What are your priorities for the week? What do you hope to take away from your experience at the end of the week? Get a head start and start planning in advance to ensure there’s room in your schedule for all the activities you’re most excited about. We especially recommend you review room locations ahead of time; check out the convention center floor plan in advance to prevent potential delays in your journey.

Our senior director, Exhibits & Meeting Services gives tips on planning your visit to the HIMSS19 exhibit floor.

Program Breakdown (additional registration fees may apply; check event descriptions in the program for details.)

  • Educational Tracks: attend educational sessions on a wide variety of topics. Here’s a breakdown of topics you can expect to learn about.
  • Keynote Sessions: take a look at our exciting keynote lineup featuring motivational insights and innovative ideas from industry trailblazers across the digital health ecosystem.
  • Learn more about this year’s keynote speakers and their various sessions.
  • Don’t miss our Views From the Top keynote sessions; this year’s lineup features key players in the field, and you won’t want to miss their announcements.
  • Continuing Education: Keep your education up-to-date while at conference – there are plenty of opportunities at HIMSS19 to do so! Learn more.
  • More Session Options: Explore our wide variety of general education forums, specialty forums and summits, preconference symposia and workshops, plus many more diverse specialty education offerings and sessions. If you’re having trouble finding a specific session you want to attend, search the schedule.

2. Download the HIMSS19 Mobile App

After you’ve reviewed the program, download the HIMSS19 mobile app to virtually plan and track your conference experience. Not only does it include a tool to build your own agenda right inside the app; it also provides immediate access to schedules, maps, and other important resources you’ll want to reference throughout the week.

Within the app, you can also get background on event speakers and sessions ahead of time and stay up-to-date on important conference-related announcements and news throughout the week. The app is a life-saver when it comes to navigating the expansive convention center and taking advantage of all its offerings throughout the week. Learn more about the app and download it before you get on-site!

3. Wear Comfortable Shoes and Pack Multiple Pairs

If this is your first HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, one of the most common pieces of advice veteran attendees will give you is to wear appropriate footwear – you’re going to be doing a lot of walking throughout the week. The Global Conference & Exhibition is among the top largest healthcare conferences in the U.S., with show floors featuring over a thousand exhibiting companies - all adding up to miles of digital health innovations for you to explore.

An important note for attendees who haven’t joined us in Orlando previously – the HIMSS19 convention center’s layout is a bit different than what you may have experienced last year at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas; the floors are wider and you’ll be doing more walking across versus up levels.

We highly recommend attendees make comfortable footwear a priority when packing – definitely consider bringing multiple pairs. If you’re headed to dinner or a formal event like our Awards Gala, you can always throw an extra pair of shoes in your bag – better to be safe than to get blistered!

4. Meet up with Your ‘HIMSS Tribe’ – or Join One

Catch up with chapter colleagues, or better yet, join a Chapter of HIMSS ahead of conference for an even more personalized experience at HIMSS19. HIMSS represents 57 chapters across the United States, including Puerto Rico, Canada and India – here’s a map you can view to see how vast our chapter membership is expanding worldwide.

Meeting with HIMSS chapters are just one of many ways you can connect with industry professionals close to home. If you aren’t already a member of one of our chapters, considering joining before conference. This is a wonderful opportunity to convene with HIMSS members to meet and network in-person, whether in your state or across the country. Consider becoming a chapter member today if you aren’t one already. And if you are already a member of one of the HIMSS Chapters – fantastic! Here’s a list of all the chapter networking opportunities available during HIMSS19.

Besides chapter meet-ups, there are a multitude of networking opportunities for industry professionals to meet and learn from one another throughout the week – whether a planned session or an impromptu meeting.

HIMSS19 Attendees

5. Join the Conversation on Social Media

Use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to network with other HIMSS19 attendees before you leave for Orlando, and use it to stay up-to-date while you’re on-site in Orlando! You can leverage social media to identify potential contacts and collaborators to meet with at HIMSS19, schedule working lunches and dinners before and after the conference, and to keep in touch with new connections made throughout the week.

Review our HIMSS19 hashtag guide to follow trending conference topics, and be sure to follow our HIMSS social media ambassadors to stay on top of the latest news before, during and after HIMSS19.

We’ll also be streaming certain sessions through Facebook live again this year. Help us pick which ones by casting a vote.

What are you most excited about for HIMSS19? What advice do you have for attendees? Share it with @HIMSS using the hashtag #HIMSS19 and help us build momentum for the greatest conference and exhibition experience of the year. See you in Orlando!


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