CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is the largest in the information technology field in the U.S. and features:
- More than 29,000 healthcare industry experts are expected to attend HIMSS11 and learn about the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT.
- The number of registrants from hospitals and health networks has increased by approximately 28% from 2010.
- Total professional registration is outpacing 2010 registration by approximately 30%.
- More than 300 education sessions on hot topics such as meaningful use standards, certification and criteria, ARRA and government contributions to advancing health IT, the need for nationwide electronic health records, and health IT privacy and security practices. Find out more about pre-conference symposia, including 5010 & ICD-10, HIE, Physicians’ IT and more at http://www.himssconference.org/education/symposia.aspx
- More than 900 exhibiting companies – from Fortune 500 to start-ups – showcasing their latest healthcare innovations and new product launches in over 380,000 square feet of exhibit space.
- Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and member of President Obama’s economic transition board.
- The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, and David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services
- Michael J. Fox, Actor and Founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
- Richard Boyd, Chief Architect for Lockheed Martin Virtual World Labs
Find out more about the lineup of top government speakers at HIMSS11.
Informative Sessions and New, Innovative Technology:
The HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase exhibit provides a full landscape of health IT solutions, live demonstrations of interoperability, and educational opportunities that connect thousands of health IT buyers and end-users to answer your most complex health IT questions. The Showcase will be located in Exhibit Booth #7343 in Hall E during extended showroom hours. For more information, please see the HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase online at http://www.himssconference.org/exhibition/interop.aspx.
The HIMSS Medical Banking Project will host the second G7 roundtable discussion during the 9th National Medical Banking Institute and announce its collaboration with the World Bank. This roundtable will examine the new federal effort to implement operating rules in conjunction with HIPAA-mandated electronic health data transactions. All HIMSS members can register for this event by visiting: https://www.compusystems.com/jsp/AttendeeReg/HIMSS11/HIMSSRegistration.htm.
New HIMSS Latino Initiative will work to identify information technology solutions to improve the quality of healthcare, increase access to care, and reduce the cost of healthcare among the United States’ growing Hispanic population. Estimated at 16 percent today, by the year 2050, 30 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be Hispanic/Latino. During HIMSS11, the HIMSS Latino Initiative will host a complimentary program featuring a keynote speech by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello, panel discussions on health disparities and overcoming barriers to health IT adoption in the Hispanic community, and a networking reception. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.himss.org/advocacy/about_latinoInitiative.asp.
New conferences within HIMSS11:
HIT X.0: Beyond the Edge: This conference offers sessions throughout HIMSS11 on emerging technologies, innovation in IT and other advances, all focused to help attendees learn more about the future of patient care today. There are 12 interactive sessions that include panel discussions, a contest to identify the most innovative technology, an agile programming demonstration, and educational opportunities all offered through the week. Visit http://www.himssconference.org/x0/default.aspx to learn more.
Leading from the Future: A Thought Leadership Event on ACOs: This conference offers six presentations on the topic of Accountable Care Organizations to give provider executives the chance to learn about the issues – and IT ramifications – connected to the transformation of accountable care. Topics covered include ACO qualification criteria, payment methodologies and incentives, and performance measurement and reporting. Presenters include executives at provider organizations who have made the transition to accountable care. The conference begins Wed., Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. and ends Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. Visit http://www.himssconference.org/future/ for more information.
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. Visit our website at www.himss.org to learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause.