Looking Forward to Strong Attendance, Policy Announcements and Sunny Orlando at HIMSS20

The 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition is the can’t-miss health information and technology event of the year. Professionals throughout the global health ecosystem will connect for the education, innovation and collaboration they need to reimagine health and wellness for everyone, everywhere. Karen J. Malone, HIMSS Vice President of Meeting Services & Exhibits, recently shared with us the many reasons she’s especially excited for HIMSS20.

What trends are you seeing in HIMSS20 registration and attendance?

Our attendance is looking really strong. Total registration is trending ahead of our benchmarks, with HIMSS20 registration currently up 7 percent from HIMSS19. Our professional attendance, clinician demographics and C-suite attendee numbers are looking very strong as well. We’re seeing really good representation from some of our non-traditional audience, such as our life science folks, the pharma folks and payers. We’re also seeing more entrepreneurs and startups register for HIMSS20.

Our exhibitor floor is also very strong. We have a record breaking number of companies exhibiting with us, as well as a record-breaking number of first-time exhibitors. It’s important to have fresh exhibitors with creative solutions and products on our exhibitor floor, so we very much welcome first-time exhibitors to conference, and we work hard to cultivate our relationships with them.

As someone who has been with HIMSS for more than 22 years, what are you most excited about at HIMSS20?

Our annual conference is all about what’s going on with the industry, updates, news and innovations. Something I’m really excited about this year is the number of government speakers on the platform. The Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. government look to HIMSS as a convener in this industry space where their messages can be heard, and often the HIMSS conference serves as a platform to make announcements. Attendees always look to our conference for this kind of news and to hear about our work with the HHS, ONC and CMS. Last year, there was an announcement about information blocking. So I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen this year.

Also, we can’t forget the fact that it’s an election year. On Friday, Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia, and Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey, are going to have a fascinating keynote dialog. As we know, healthcare is top of mind for most voters this year, and you’re going to hear a lot at our conference about potential healthcare reform, throughout sessions and also on the stage. Attendees will be very interested to hear the governors’ perspectives on healthcare and where they see healthcare policy changes occurring in the future.

How do you keep your team energized and excited?

First of all, we all have to recognize and remember everything we do is for our guests, our attendees and exhibitors at this conference. We think about this program through the eyes of our attendees and exhibitors, and if they’re happy, that makes us really happy. We are experience makers, and this is the only event some of these folks get to attend all year. We want to make it the very best experience possible.

What can guests expect when they arrive in Orlando?

Guests can look forward to a sunny, warm welcome in Orlando. Recent weather forecasts say it could be in the 70s and 80s with sunshine every day. You generally can’t get better than the weather in Orlando in March.

The Orange County Convention Center works really well for this huge gathering. It meets our meeting space and exhibit space needs. We host more than 400 education sessions off the exhibit floor and then about another 400 on the floor. The building, once you get oriented, is easy to navigate, and the city has many higher-end restaurants and venues for networking.

What themes or trends should attendees watch for at HIMSS20?

We’re calling 2020 the year of the disruptor, and we’re doing some disruptive things at conference. It’s important to us to show that the patient is at the forefront of managing their own healthcare, so you will see an emphasis on health and wellness at HIMSS20. For the first time, we are collaborating with Marriott on a health and wellness networking lounge, sponsored by Marriott. We’ll also have Arianna Huffington of Thrive speaking about health and wellness. You’ll see innovation, but you’ll also see information about health and wellness sprinkled throughout the conference this year.

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