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9 HIMSS Attendee Survival Tips

Get ready for the biggest healthcare information management event of the year, filled with extensive engaging content, leadership insight and plenty of walking. To prep for this whirlwind conference, let's focus on HIMSS survival tips during the hectic conference in Orlando March 14-18 at the Orange County Convention Center.

  1. Download the App- The HIMSS Annual Conference mobile app (available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play) will give you a snapshot of educational sessions and speaker bios, while helping you navigate the massive convention center. Plan out your agenda with the session breakdowns.

  2. Take advantage of first-timer orientation sessions- HIMSS will lead on-site conference orientation sessions with Q/A opportunities. Sessions will take place on Monday, March 14 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET and Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET.

  3. Wear your HIMSS Annual Conference badge at all times- Security is heavily present throughout the entire venue. You will not be able to enter sessions or the exhibit hall without your badge. Even if you're just running out for a quick break, security will not let you in without your badge. After the exhibit hall closes each day, your badge is also your ticket into many vendor or conference networking events. Your badge for full conference registration includes entry to the Monday night HIMSS Annual Conference opening reception, all keynote sessions, all general education sessions March 14-18, as well as access to the exhibition floor, which first opens March 14 at 8:00 a.m. ET.

    This year, all conference participants are required to upload a photo ID to their registration ahead of time as an added layer of security on their HIMSS22 badges.

  4. Map out your route to the convention center- Whether using the HIMSS Annual Conference shuttle system, walking via the hotel-connected skybridge, or using a ride share app, figure out your route to and from the Orange County Convention Center to maximize commute efficiency and strategize how to tackle the crowds, so make sure to double check location specifications on your meet up invitations. To help navigate the show floor, save the link below to plan out your booth path. As you're walking the show floor, there will be aisle marker banners overhead. Also, look for the booth number tape on the show floor carpet in front of each booth.



  5. Wear practical clothing- From travelling cross-country, to walking all over the convention center, to hopping around evening networking events, you'll be on-the-go constantly. Wear comfortable shoes and drink water often. A collapsible and/or refillable bottle is especially useful throughout the day.

  6. Be aware of COVID-19 provisions- The HIMSS Health and Safety framework, including its Vaccination Required Right of Entry Policy, set an important standard for how to gather large groups safely and securely. In light of its success at the previous HIMSS21 conference, HIMSS22 will also proceed with a Vaccination Required approach for all attendees, exhibitors, speakers, contractors with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status in order to gain access to the HIMSS22 campus.

    In order to obtain a badge for HIMSS22, each attendee, exhibitor, speaker, contractor and HIMSS staff member will have to complete one of the two validation options to demonstrate compliance with HIMSS' Right of Entry Policy. You can view more information at the Safe Expo's vaccination validation site.

    To see the updated HIMSS22 Health and Safety hub, click here.

    In accordance with current prevailing public health guidance all attendees, exhibitors, speakers, EAC, exhibitor labor, building staff and HIMSS staff will be required to wear face masks during HIMSS22 while on the HIMSS22 campus.

  7. Take advantage of Continuing Education (CE) credit opportunities- CE credit opportunities are available to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, project managers, HIM professionals, information security professionals and of course, CIOs and IT leaders. Click here for more information on CE credits at HIMSS Annual Conference.

  8. Make meaningful conversation- Put yourself out there to network. This is the chance to voice your firsthand insight on how you improved end-user adoption and workflow, or to gain valuable direct tips from fellow HIT leaders. Pick the brains of decision-makers representing similar organization size and demographics as yours, so you can gain advice on things like EHR new version upgrades, vendor recommendations and navigating value-based care competition.

  9. Finally, don't forget to have fun- Maximize your balance of work and play. Check out the massive Instagram-worthy HIMSS sign at the convention center main entrance. Explore the exhibitor floor to see how vendor capabilities can solve your HIT pain points, and check out the creative booth designs and freebies. Bring a bag to hold all your giveaways!


Using this quick tip list, you are well prepared to jumpstart your HIMSS Annual Conference experience. See you in Orlando!



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