HIMSS18 - Growing Your Business Through Innovation and Investment

The second of a two-part blog post from Karen Malone vice president, meetings and sales; and JoAnn Klinedinst, vice president, professional development, HIMSS North America

Read part one of this blog post here.


As we work towards better health through the best use of information and technology, innovation has become more prominent at HIMSS18 with a variety of sessions, events and exhibition spaces to meet this demand. In addition, we’ve taken a global approach to innovation, entrepreneurship and venture investment at HIMSS18.

This year, the theme of innovation plays an interactive role encompassing:

• disruptive solutions

• entrepreneurialism

• investor opportunities

• a global emphasis

Each day provides programming on these topics with the exhibition floor offering specialty areas and one-on-one conversations with leaders ready to share their knowledge and guidance with our attendees. Look to our Education Search to filter offerings a variety of ways for innovation: speaker name, session number or day.


Monday, March 5 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm PST)

Innovation Symposium: Innovation as a Strategic Imperative

A complete day looking at the components of innovation in healthcare organizations – from types of innovation, models and applications plus examples of successful programs for innovation. An additional fee applies for this symposium.


Tuesday, March 6 – Thursday, March 8

HIMSS18 Investment and Business Growth Forum (1:00 – 5:00 pm PST)

Spend Tuesday afternoon at two different educational sessions to learn how to establish and nurture a global culture of innovation sparked by investment. Included in HIMSS18 registration.


Canadian Digital Health Start-Ups (3:30 – 5:00 pm PST)

The innovative Canadian digital health start-ups convene with investors in this review of potential new products and funding. Included in HIMSS18 registration.



HIMSS18 Exhibition Hours

• Monday, March 5: 6:30 - 8:00 pm Opening Reception (Hall G Only - Booths 9900-13999)

• Tuesday, March 6: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

• Wednesday, March 7: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

• Thursday, March 8: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Innovation Live on the exhibition floor – #Aim2Innovate

Look to Innovation Live, a new specialty area of the HIMSS18 exhibition floor focused on the future of healthcare with startups, accelerators and other innovative companies focused on disruptive, cutting-edge technologies.

This is the place to visit and interact with 80 start-up companies and solutions on blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, biometric and the internet of things.

• Attendees will experience an up-close-and-personal view of the many disruptive technologies that are part of today’s conversations on health information and technology.

• Providers will benefit from the various presentations on available solutions appropriate for their workflow demands.


The Solutions Lab – New to HIMSS18, offering practical solutions improve population health and healthcare administration. Attendees will enjoy a variety of educational options – from fireside chats to individual sessions to one-on-one interaction with a content expert ready to answer attendee questions.


Lightning Sessions – 20-minute sessions, hosted on the exhibition floor, on many topics pertaining to innovation. After the sessions, ask questions or converse with the presenters.



Wednesday, March 7HIMSS VentureConnect (8:30 am – 5:00 pm PST)

VentureConnect will convene the biggest and most active investors in health tech to discuss the latest market trends and hear directly from the start-ups creating the biggest waves in the industry. The program includes several interactive components. An additional fee applies for this event.


Wednesday, March 7MarketConnect Live (3:00 – 6:00 pm PST)

Health 2.0 and HIMSS introduces MarketConnect Live. This Health 2.0 service is a meeting platform where market-ready tech companies are connected to hospital executives looking to purchase and integrate vetted technologies into their organizations.


All day – every day – The HIMSS Investor Lounge is open every day during HIMSS18 – from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Titian Ballroom at The Venetian. We want to call out investment opportunities at HIMSS18, especially after Rock Health reported that investors funded $3.5 billion in digital health solutions in the first half of 2017. And of those deals, seven of them totaled more than 100 million dollars. Investors are encouraged to use the HIMSS Investor Lounge to relax with colleagues, meet up and discuss new ideas or make an investment deal.


Review what HIMSS18 offers for investors and entrepreneurs.

Sign up for the Journey to HIMSS18 webinar series for more sneak peeks on what to expect at HIMSS18 this year.

Explore the HIMSS schedule-at-a-glance and start planning your conference schedule ahead of time!