7 HIMSS Conference Pro Tips for Attendees

Can you believe that HIMSS19 in Orlando is just one week away? Get ready for the biggest healthcare information management event of the year, filled with extensive engaging content, leadership insight and plenty of walking. In our last piece, we highlighted several key education opportunities to add to your event agenda. Now, let's focus on HIMSS survival tips during the hectic conference.

  1. Download the App- The HIMSS19 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, February 11, 12-1 p.m. EST and Tuesday, February 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. EST.

  3. Wear your HIMSS19 conference badge at all times- Security is heavily present throughout the entire Orange County Convention Center. 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. Even after the exhibit hall closes each day, your badge is also your ticket into many vendor or conference networking events, like the HIMSS19 opening reception.

  4. 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.

  5. Map out your route to the convention center- Whether using the HIMSS19 busing system, walking 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. Use the convention center district map to help.

  6. 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 gain valuable direct tips from HIT leaders in similar situations as you. Exchange contact information with attendees from similar organizations as yours, so you can reach out with questions after the conference.

  7. 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 exhibit hall 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 HIMSS19 experience. See you in the sunshine state!