It’s Not Too Late … to Put Together Your HIMSS Plan-Of-Attack

Can you believe that it is already that time again?  It seems like just last month that we were making plans to get to Atlanta.  I am sure that many of you are going to Orlando much more optimistic about job opportunities than the past few meetings.   I know that I am very excited about the current state of Healthcare IT and about the job ahead of us to help hospitals and physicians become meaningful users of EMRS.

In case you don’t remember my best advice from last year, DO NOT ATTEMPT to attack HIMSS without a plan.  As such, I am sharing my plan to stimulate your thinking as you put together your own.

Joe’s Plan

1) Network (Like Crazy) Plan

  • Host Happy Hour on Monday night (hope for 50+ attendees)
  • Set up 1/3 of my time with pre-scheduled meetings with mentors, mentees, people that  I hope will mentor me in the future, etc.
  • Reserve 1/3 of my time for “walking around” and bumping into people – this is always the most valuable part of my trip to HIMSS

2) Learning Plan- visit vendors, attend sessions, and get business cards of gurus for the following:

  • RTLS
  • MPI Data Management
  • Help Desk Outsourcing Vendors
  • Specialty EMRS (ICU, Oncology, Surgery)
  • Enterprise PACS Archives

3) Personal Time

  • Visit my Mom and Sister who live in Melbourne, FL
  • Eat sushi at least once
  • Get a good night sleep each night since my 4-year-old will not be trying to climb in my bed :)!

That’s about it! Now PLEASE, get busy on your plan and I hope that we both will have a very productive time at HIMSS!

About the author


Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle is the Co-Founder of intrepidNow. Prior to that Joe was an accomplished healthcare IT executive and career coach with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, health care companies, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Joe is also the author of Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail, available on Amazon.

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  • Curious if you made it to Versus’ booth? If not, happy to give you a run down — or the tour on our website offers a nice overview. Ours is not run of the mill RTLS…we’re doing things that other vendors have a hard time wrapping their heads around. Big differences exist between asset tracking and clinical automation. Happy to discuss with you any time!

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