Navigating HIMSS18 for U.S. State & Local Officials

By Valerie Nicole Rogers, MPH; director, state government affairs, HIMSS North America

Yet another year at HIMSS has quickly flown by, and the hustle and bustle of conference season is officially underway. With only a few weeks left to count down, there’s a lot to be excited about this year at HIMSS18. The educational experience provided by the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition extends immense value to a wide variety of professions – both in and outside of the healthcare information and technology sectors.

As director of state government affairs for HIMSS North America, each year I play an important role in planning a unique conference experience, especially for our state and local official attendees. This year is also exciting because we’ve expanded our educational offerings and opportunities for state and local officials.

Creating a Unique Conference Experience for State and Local Officials

Wednesday, March 7 will be a big day for our state and local official attendees, as well as other attendees hoping to interact or hear from them at conference this year. We’ll be kicking off Wednesday with a session from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., State Officials Panel: Health IT Across the States.  

Other topics to be discussed by state and local officials at HIMSS18 events include:

Telehealth, which continues to be a major area we’re looking at

• The use of Medicaid data, and how that will shift and be rolled out at the local level,

• Understanding the value and role of working across the spectrum of care, bringing in behavioral health and public health, looking at all those systems, and understanding how health IT can really be beneficial to moving forward their agenda across the spectrum of care.

Emergency response and preparedness will also be a priority topic of discussion at HIMSS18. HIMSS has played an active role in leading the charge to better understand how health information and technology can be of value during the emergency response process. We’ve worked with members from the Joint Public Health Informatics Task Force and other groups on this, such as the National Conference of State Legislators, the Stewards of Change Institute, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and more.

We’re confident that the State Advisory Chapter Advocacy Roundtable will provoke productive conversations about how to advance the action items that HIMSS has pulled together in efforts to fully prepare ourselves in any emergency facing healthcare information and technology. There are a number of recommendations that HIMSS has developed over the past year that we will be presenting at conference during the roundtable event and we hope to come away with an even stronger plan of action to propose to state and local officials, as well as their cohorts.

These events, and the overall experience of being at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, create a wonderful opportunity for state and local officials to learn more about health information and technology. It’s also a great opportunity to network and connect with officials from other neighboring states. Seeing these digital health innovations live in action on the exhibition floor or at the interoperability showcase is an incredible opportunity for not only state and local officials, but anyone interested in learning more about digital innovations in healthcare.

We’re excited for the unique experience HIMSS18 will offer state and local officials this year, and look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!


Start planning your HIMSS18 experience with this schedule-at-a-glance.

Questions on any of these events? Contact Valerie Rogers.