HIMSS is always a highlight of my professional year – ever since my first HIMSS back in 1995 in San Antonio, TX. I’m excited about HIMSS16 because I will be co-presenting with my friend, colleague and mentee, Rosemary Ventura MSN, RN from NewYork Presbyterian on “Empowering Clinicians with Smartphone Technology.” I always love sharing positive experiences about how technology can iHIMSS 2016mprove patient care and clinician workflow with others.

HIMSS16 offers more than 300 education sessions including keynotes from nationally renowned speakers, thought leader sessions from the brightest minds in health IT, facilitated roundtable discussions and e-sessions.

The social and education events can inform you about new trends that your organization may be facing in the coming months and help you with planning – especially how to avoid the pitfalls others may have already discovered the hard way. A few years ago everyone was talking “implementation” and now we are talking “optimization and analytics.” Learning about these trends can help you decide if you need to start building new skills to avoid redundancy in the coming years.

The following events are an added benefit for any HIMSS attendee interested in building his or her professional network and getting the most out of the HIMSS experience:

Preconference Symposia: Get a focused start by attending one of the offerings that fit your professional networking and education interests.

Nursing Informatics Symposium: Shifting from Implementation to Optimization
This symposium brings together industry experts who discuss strategies for moving beyond implementation to realize optimization. Experience interactive sessions on the power of analytics for clinical decision support, using telehealth to manage patient populations, implications of biomedical device integration, and exploring the technologies that will shape the future of health and care.

Community Events: Community events allow you to connect with like-minded peers in a collaborative environment that fosters information sharing and expands your professional network.

Women in Health IT Networking Reception: For my female colleagues, get to know the stellar women in Health IT at this must-attend networking event.

HIMSS16 Digital Brochure: Delve in to find out more details on education sessions and additional networking events.

Don’t miss must-see locations on the HIMSS16 exhibit floor! There is a lot to be gained from your HIMSS experience so ENJOY!