Education to Transform Health: HIMSS19 Educational Program

Each year, the HIMSS Professional Development department strives to introduce innovation and differentiation across many aspects of general educational programming for the HIMSS Global Conference. For HIMSS19, we have implemented many changes that we believe will provide a greater educational experience for our attendees.

New and Updated Topic Categories

We thank the HIMSS19 Global Conference Education Committee for helping us determine 24 general education topic categories for HIMSS19, resulting in five new and nine updated categories. Looking across the breadth and scope of health information and technology, we have added the following:

  • Clinically Integrated Supply Chain: Examines the next generation of clinical 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.
  • Consumerization of Health: Focuses on changing models of care delivery, including direct-to-consumer, telehealth and retail clinics, and how they are disrupting traditional care delivery models while giving patients and their families a choice in care.
  • Grand Societal Challenges: Highlights the ways these challenges and opportunities are shaping the way we understand health and care delivery now and into the future.
  • Healthy Aging and Technology: Addresses the “silver tsunami” of aging baby boomers who will change and challenge our healthcare systems.
  • Population Health Management and Public Health: Pairs public health with health and wellness status issues of the aggregate population.

Among the many topics we have added are: digital/connected health to the Consumer/Patient Engagement and Digital/Connected Health category, and academia to the Health Informatics Education, Diversity, Workforce Development, Academia category.

Best Practices from Leading Organizations

A main focus will be best-in-class successes from healthcare organizations. During preconference on Monday, February 11, HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award recipients will be in the spotlight as they present award-winning use cases based on achieving excellence through health IT. In order to qualify for the Davies Award, organizations must first achieve Stage 6 or Stage 7 validation based on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM℠), in addition to other nomination criteria (learn more about the criteria and how your organization can be recognized by HIMSS here). On Friday, February 15, we’re dedicating several sessions in the general education program that will offer these and other best practice examples and discussions.

New Education: SPARK Sessions and Content Streams

Participants will see a variety of sessions ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. SPARK (Session Providing Actionable and Rapid Knowledge) sessions will provide quick insights in 20 minutes, without PowerPoint. We have also added content streams, based on the Institute of Medicine’s Quadruple Aim, where attendees will be able to filter content from one of six areas of focus, including technology, information, organization efficiencies, care, environment and societal challenges.

Learning Lounge: Relax and Learn

This year, we’re offering a Learning Lounge, a relaxing location where attendees can absorb new knowledge. This large room will be staged with many screens featuring livestreamed sessions and popular sessions available on-demand. Attendees will be able to grab a headset and remote control to watch whatever sessions they want right from their chairs.

Preconference Education

On Monday, February 11, we’ll be offering 25 optional events to choose from, including the Best Practices Symposium, Blockchain Symposium, Military Health Symposium, Pharma/Life Sciences Forum, and Precision Medicine Summit, along with symposia on aging and technology, clinically integrated supply chain and more.

Student Institute

On Friday, February 15, students at all levels will enjoy the Student Institute, with opportunities for the next generation of health information and technology professionals to learn about career development through a mentoring experience. This is excellent preparation for current students and those who are considering post-grad opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming you to the HIMSS19 educational program!


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