HIMSS Global Health Conference Education: What You Need to Know

As a mission-driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology.

At HIMSS20, we multiply that expertise by convening hundreds of industry-leading experts to provide attendees with a wealth of educational programming—all designed to prepare you for the future of health and wellness, to sharpen your competitive edge, and to keep you abreast of the latest trends and best practices in the industry. It’s just one of many reasons HIMSS20 is the can’t-miss health information and technology event of the year.

What education is included with my registration?

A HIMSS20 full-conference registration gives you access to:

  1. 350+ compelling general education sessions, including highly vetted, peer-reviewed content eligible for continuing education credits. See more information about topics and session series below.
  2. All keynote (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and Views from the Top (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) sessions, given by industry luminaries, innovators and distinguished thought leaders.
  3. 400+ education sessions on the show floor. Industry experts from 1,300+ exhibiting companies will speak in specialty pavilion theaters, Lightning Sessions—where no topic is off-limits—and more. Schedule available in January 2020.

What are my additional education options?

Full-day preconference symposia and forums on Monday, March 9 allow you to focus your time on a topic (or topics) of interest—meeting like-minded peers and experts for a deep-dive kickoff to the week. Additional specialty programs like the entrepreneur workshop round out optional education. Add these events during registration.

How will I learn?

Explore 17 topic categories that cover a variety of learning formats to appeal to your learning style.

  • Lectures: 30- and 60-minute sessions featuring health information and technology hot topics, plus Q&A at the end.
  • Essential Conversations: Important discussions facilitated around industry best practices.
  • Panel discussions: Multiple expert perspectives featured through live, interactive conversations.
  • SPARK (Sessions Providing Actionable and Rapid Knowledge): Educational sessions that inform and call to action beyond HIMSS20.
  • Fireside chats: Casual Q&A sessions where experts have crucial conversations about the most pressing topics facing the industry today.
  • Interactive case studies: Live success story recaps featuring demonstrated results of improved outcomes and enhanced patient experiences.

What will I learn (and when?)

What do you want to focus on this week? Here are just a few of the many options available—all complimentary with registration. Additionally, education sessions include content that is vetted, peer-reviewed and expert-approved—so you can trust you’re getting a world-class educational experience.


Tuesday, March 10

Canadian Session Series

Experience a sampling of the latest digital health solutions and activities coming out of the Canadian market. From addressing EHR burnout in psychiatric hospital settings to population health milestones, there’s much to learn and many valuable perspectives to explore.

Industry Solutions Sessions

Explore the most up-to-date case studies tackling important topics with real-world, demonstrated results. Sponsored by market suppliers, client case studies will provide examples of challenges and solutions so you can stay ahead of the learning curve. Learn how you can improve outcomes with analytics storytelling and more. Enjoy more related sessions on Wednesday, March 11. 

Innovation Session Series

This year, our innovation session series zeroes in on the topics of AI and machine learning, featuring interesting approaches that you may not have considered—like the ethics of machine learning.


Wednesday, March 11

Blockchain Session Series

Watch and learn from real-life demonstrations from healthcare consortia pilots. Chat with global experts about the business value of blockchain-enabled technology, and find out how it’s transforming credentialing and incentivizing change in the industry.

Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Session Series

Long-term post-acute care (LPTAC) stakeholders: learn more about the integral role LPTAC organizations play in the healthcare ecosystem. Discover interesting facts about the unique data needs for aging populations, and how policymakers and vendors can address gaps in care.

Payer Session Series

Changing payment models and an increasing focus on value are creating a new world for healthcare consumers to explore. Dive deeper into the changing dynamic of the payer role, and see how collaborative partnerships are shaping the future of health and wellness.


Thursday, March 10

Clinical Decision Support: Three's Company!

Learn about the alliance formed by Siemens Healthineers, Cerner and University of Missouri to collaborate on interoperability challenges when implementing clinical decision support into practice. Listen to their takeaways and get inspiration to develop best practices your organization can leverage.

Foundation of Health Informatics and Competencies

Dive into the 10 foundational domains of health informatics as part of the accreditation process for master’s-level degree programs.

Unlock the Insights Hidden in Your EMR, HIS and LIS

Explore new methods for aggregating and analyzing data so you can get the most out of it. Discover how to manage data more effectively to improve patient care standardization and achieve operational excellence.


Friday, March 12

HIMSS Global Health Equity Session Series

Get to know the new HIMSS Global Health Equity Network. See how HIMSS is amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities from across the globe to address social determinants of health, and build an inclusive talent pipeline to drive innovation and eliminate health disparities worldwide.

The HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence Session Series

Don’t shortchange yourself by leaving HIMSS20 early. Friday’s fantastic lineup will feature use cases from prestigious, award-winning health systems. Discover what HIMSS Davies award-winning health systems are doing to improve outcomes and provide quality care. The Davies Awards program promotes HIMSS’s vision and mission by recognizing and sharing use cases, model practices and lessons learned on how to improve health and wellness through the power of information and technology. Enjoy interactive discussions featuring notable use cases with demonstrated results, like how to tackle quality measure challenges.


We’re excited to join you on your learning journey at HIMSS20!

This is just a small sampling of the many educational opportunities at HIMSS20—be sure to review the full session schedule for more ways to refresh your industry knowledge this March.


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