4 Tips for Rocking HIMSS 2016
HIMSS has been one of the biggest and most popular Health IT conferences for over a decade. Last year, Chicago recorded over 43,000 attendees, hundreds of presentations, and thousands of exhibit booths. With the anticipation of this year’s show in Las Vegas, Lodestone Logic, the leader of conference information, has put together a short list of tips to help attendees, speakers, and exhibitors make the most of HIMSS 2016:
- Know your objectives. Know your objectives. HIMSS is a huge show; We are tracking it at 1380 of sponsors and exhibitors and 620 of educational sessions and posters. It’s exciting with all of the crowds and activities, and very easy to lose focus on why you decided to attend. Make sure that you are constantly evaluating the best use of your time and attention.
- Attack the exhibit floor. Lodestone Logic profiles company activities across thousands of conferences. Our dashboards show that 18 of the top 20 HIT firms are at HIMSS this year. Want to know about their new products? Want to connect with their technology and data experts? You have to be strategic and plan which vendors you want to visit. Don’t lose any time or shoe leather, map out your path and be intentional. Work from back to front or side-to-side for each of the exhibit floors.
- Wear Broncos Orange or Colts Blue to Peyton’s Keynote. Make the most of the educational sessions. With 4/5 stars, HIMSS has a solid educational program. It has many sessions about the trials and tribulations of EHR adoption, challenges of health data breaches, and connecting devices and data to improve the delivery of care. Don’t miss keynote sessions from Michael Dell, CEO of Dell and Lodestone Insight’s old hometown favorite, Peyton Manning.
- Measure. Measure. Make sure that the money and time that you invested towards HIMSS gave you an ROI based on your original objectives. If you went to learn, did you? If you went to connect with customers and create new sales, did it? If you went to network, did you connect with your peers and grow your network? Be honest. Was HIMSS worth it? If so, start thinking about next year. If not, contact us to help you find conferences that would help you better meet your objectives.
We hope that you enjoyed this post on how to rock HIMSS 2016. Lodestone Insights is tracking over 5,000 conferences in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, business, and technology sectors. We put information at the fingertips of business leaders allowing them to make more informed and strategic business decisions.