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Preparing your HIMSS18 itinerary? Read this first.

by Naomi Levinthal and Sophie Ranen

Our team is excited to attend HIMSS18 in just a couple weeks. With more than 45,000 attendees expected at the conference, we hope to see you there! 

Between the networking opportunities, exhibition, and education sessions, this massive event can be overwhelming to navigate. As you start to plan your itinerary, here's our recommendations for how to make the most of your time at HIMSS:

Attend an Advisory Board expert-led session

What CIOs should know about health system strategy in 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 11:30-12:30 p.m. | Sands Show Room at Venetian Convention Center

Naomi Levinthal

Naomi Levinthal is a practice manager with our Health Care IT Advisor and Quality Reporting Roundtable. Naomi will present three health system strategic priorities for 2018, identified based on our market analysis and interviews with dozens of health system CEOs, and what they mean for CIOs.

How IT leaders can reduce reporting burden, boost incentives

Thursday, March 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m. | Galileo 904 at Venetian Convention Center

Ye Hoffman

Ye Hoffman is a consultant with our Health Care IT Advisor and Quality Reporting Roundtable. Ye, together with Ed Bolding, manager of finance value-based care at Northside Hospital System, will discuss how to operationalize an IT-driven quality reporting strategy.

'Don't miss' sessions recommended by our experts

HIMSS18 will feature more than 300 education sessions spanning 23 health IT topics. To help you navigate the dizzying number of options, we surveyed our research staff to find the  "don't miss" sessions on their lists:

Andrew Rebhan, senior analyst, will attend:

Establishing and nurturing a culture of innovation: Lessons learned from global disruptors

Tuesday, March 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Palazzo G at Venetian Convention Center

This session is co-presented by Edward Marx, CIO with Cleveland Clinic, Christopher Ross, CIO with Mayo Clinic, and Claus Duedal Pedersen, project manager with Odense University Hospital. These speakers will discuss their respective organization's approach to establishing a culture of innovation, ways investments support innovation across the care continuum, and review their most impactful innovations.

Greg Kuhnen, senior research director, suggests:

Unleash hidden healthcare intelligence

Monday, March 5, 9:05-9:20 a.m. | Lafleur at Wynn Las Vegas

Part of the Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event, extra fee applies. This session, presented by Jennifer Esposito, general manager of Intel's Health and Life Sciences Group, will look at how artificial intelligence is being used to help healthcare delivery organizations utilize historical data and build models and algorithms to predict future events.

Tony Panjamapirom, senior consultant, will attend:

The use of blockchain to improve quality outcomes

Wednesday, March 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Delfino 4004 at Venetian Convention Center

Led by Jason Goldwater, senior director at the National Quality Forum, this session will explore the potential of blockchain to transform quality measurement by making data capture and reporting more dynamic.

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