HIMSS19 Call for Proposals: What’s New? Quite a Bit!

By JoAnn Klinedinst, MEd, CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, vice president, professional development, HIMSS North America

JoAnn Klinedinst, MEd, CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS

The most wonderful time of the year, anticipated by so many, has arrived: the opening of the HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition Call for Proposals.

HIMSS is accepting proposals now through Monday, July 16. To prepare for this call, the HIMSS professional development team and subject matter experts worldwide have been working behind the scenes for weeks to:

  • Introduce a total of 24 new general education topic categories resulting in five new, nine updated and 10 that remain the same
  • Review and update our descriptions, audiences and sub-topics
  • Update our content for international relevancy
  • Add a Content Stream component so learners can select from six different “streams” across the 24 topic categories

Why Does the Opening of this Call Matter?

From a continuing professional development perspective, there is no better way for health information and technology professionals, from early careerists to advanced executives and everyone in between, to share one’s expertise by submitting an idea to the HIMSS19 Call for Proposals. There is no cost to do so and you do not need to be a HIMSS member to submit (but we do encourage you to become one since the benefits are game changing!). Giving back to the industry is a great way to engage in continuing professional development and lifelong learning.

In order to create a sound submission, you’ll need:

  • An idea applicable to our attendees
  • Willingness to create a compelling proposal that introduces new and fresh ideas that are grounded and not hypothetical or theoretically based
  • To commit to our deadlines if accepted
  • Willingness to share your organization’s transformation experiences with a global audience on a global stage

What Creates a Compelling Proposal Topic?

HIMSS seeks topics that focus on the good and not so good organizational experiences that highlight the similarities in global transformative healthcare practices. The submission should demonstrate a combination of insight, thought leadership, diversity and inclusion, experiences encountered or lessons learned in the optimal use and value of health information and technology, globally.

What Topics are New?

Looking across the breadth and scope of health information and technology, HIMSS has added the following topic categories:

  • Consumerization of Health: This topic category focuses on changing models of care delivery, including, but not limited to, direct-to-consumer, telehealth and retail clinics, and how they are disrupting the traditional care-delivery models while giving patients and their families a choice of where they want and can seek care.
  • Grand Societal Challenges: Recognizing that there are many difficult challenges facing the global healthcare ecosystem today, proposals in this category will highlight the ways these challenges and opportunities are shaping the very way we understand health and care delivery now and into the future.
  • Healthy Aging and Technology: Because the world is currently facing a global challenge with a “silver tsunami” of aging baby boomers who will change and challenge our healthcare systems in new ways, proposals in this category will highlight both the challenges and opportunities of working with this population.
  • Population Health Management and Public Health: While past HIMSS global conferences have focused on population health management, HIMSS19 will pair the closely related topic of public health to address the health and wellness status issues of the aggregate population.
  • Supply Chain Management and its Impact on Care Delivery: Globally, the necessity to deliver quality care demonstrated by continuously improving clinical outcomes, while reducing cost has taken supply chain to the boardroom. Topics in this category will focus on the next generation supply chain to support the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Quadruple Aim of improving health and healthcare across initiatives that support health and information technology.

What Topics Were Updated?

  • Added the topic of digital/connected health to the Consumer/Patient Engagement and Digital/Connected Health topic category
  • Defined Telehealth as a standalone topic category
  • Renamed the Emerging Payment Models for Value-Based Care topic category to Disruptive Care Models
  • Renamed the Electronic Health Records topic category to Healthcare Applications and Technologies that Enable Care Delivery and added both the infrastructure and technologies topic
  • Welcomed academia into the Health Informatics Education, Diversity, Workforce Development, Academia topic category
  • Added the topic of standards to the Health Information Exchange, Interoperability, Data Integration, and Standards topic category
  • Dispersed the topics of health information and technology infrastructure and standards into other topic categories
  • Combined the topics of public policy and compliance, risk management and program integrity into the Public Policy, Reporting, and Risk Management topic category
  • Renamed the Patient Safety and Health IT topic category to Safe Information and Technology Practices for Patient Care
  • Renamed the Human Factors, User Experience, and Design topic category to User Experience (UX), Usability, and User-Centered Design

What Topics Remain the Same?

  • Clinical Informatics and Clinical Engagement
  • Culture of Care and Care Coordination
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Security
  • Data Analytics/Clinical and Business Intelligence
  • Improving Quality Outcomes through Health Information and Technology
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Investment
  • Leadership, Governance, and Strategic Planning
  • Precision Medicine and Genomics
  • Process Improvement, Workflow, and Change Management
  • Social, Psychosocial, and Behavioral Determinants of Health

With all this change, remember, Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, said at HIMSS05, “Change is good! You first!”

What Should I Do Next to Prepare My Submission?

  • Review in detail the HIMSS19 Call for Proposal page
  • Review examples of HIMSS18 sessions (posted on the HIMSS19 Call for Proposal page)
  • Design the proposal so that the title supports the learning objective that supports the summary description; attention to these critical components will drive a structured and compelling submission
  • Engage colleagues (and friends and family, too!) to review your submission prior to submitting
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread
  • Allow enough time to submit before the deadline of July 16 at 5:00 pm CT
  • Celebrate upon submission!

Questions? Please contact Debra Clough, manager, education, she will be happy to assist with any questions that you have.