HIMSS18: One Attendee, Many Perspectives

By Tommy Lewis, CPHIMS, FHIMSS; senior vice president, strategic enterprise initiatives, Change Healthcare; president of the Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS and part of the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition Success Stories initiative

The HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition doesn’t end when the convention center doors close. Attendees leave with knowledge from educational sessions, speakers and networking that can be applied to the real world, creating an ongoing, year-round experience. HIMSS asked attendees to share the personal and professional successes that stemmed from attending conference – from challenges faced to changes made. Read on to learn about the value of attending HIMSS19 from the unique perspective of our members and partners.

Professional Perspective

HIMSS18 was the beginning of a new chapter for our company. Just months before, we had completed one of the largest mergers in the history of health IT. HIMSS was our first real opportunity to thoughtfully present our “new combined organization” to the market.

Our planning team worked for months to plot a great location, to define our messaging, establish our show goals, and define all the experiences we wanted visitors and viewers from afar to see, hear and feel. Our team did a phenomenal job in laying out the roadmap, always beginning with the desired end-state in mind.

HIMSS and the exhibit hall vendors were accommodating and seemed to understand the significance of this moment in time as we were writing the next chapter in our company history. A great location combined with a stimulating and impactful visual presence, along with rock-solid execution by the marketing and sales teams led to us hitting on all cylinders and achieving our goals.

In terms of results, we met our objectives of introducing the new combined company to the market in grand fashion. We received many favorable comments from the media and visitors related to our presence at HIMSS. Our booth had a constant stream of traffic. Our demo stations were buzzing and the in-booth meeting rooms were constantly filled with existing and future customers. We conducted hundreds of meetings on site and we filled our calendars with customer and partner activity for weeks to come. Mission accomplished.

Committee Perspective

I am also fortunate to have served on the HIMSS UI/UX Committee for the last two years. Our group planned and executed the HIMSS18 UX Forum. This was a half day of sessions focused on the user experience in healthcare.

Chapter Perspective

Finally, on a personal note, the Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS reception was a huge success. We had great partners and a full house. Our energy-filled reception gave us an opportunity to network with existing members, recruit new members and sponsors and position the TN chapter as one of the most engaged chapters in the country. This gave the chapter a lot of momentum to kick start our spring program calendar as we returned home.

As I wrap up my two-year term as chapter president, I want to thank HIMSS for the numerous successful collaborations over the last few years.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog or by commenters are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HIMSS or its affiliates.


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