Meeting Up and Connecting with People at #HIMSS19

The 2019 HIMSS Annual Conference is just under 4 weeks away. For those not familiar with the event, it’s the behemoth of healthcare IT conferences which brings together 40,00-50,000 of your closest healthcare IT friends and 1300+ exhibitors at the Convention Center in Orlando, Fl. It’s a week-long healthcare IT extravaganza where you can connect with a wide variety of people from across the industry. However, it can no doubt be overwhelming for those attending for the first time (or even the 20th time for that matter).

At Healthcare Scene, we’ve found one of the best ways to learn at the event is to engage with as many people as possible. Hearing people’s first-hand experiences and insights into what’s really happening in the industry is a powerful way to know what we should write about and cover for you here at Healthcare IT Today. Plus, we come out of the event with an amazing network of new contacts and friends.

With that in mind, our favorite way to engage with healthcare IT people at HIMSS is through our popular healthcare IT meetups. This year we’ve chosen a really fascinating cross-section of the hottest healthcare IT topics for our meetups. Plus, we’re lucky to have a great set of partners who share their space with us to make these meetups possible.

If you like to take part and listen to engaging discussions at #HIMSS19, we hope you’ll join us at the following meetups we’ll be holding in Orlando.

Note: Only the New Media Meetup requires registration. All of the rest you can just show up and attend.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 HIMSS Meetups

Embracing Social Determinants (SDoH) for Highly-Integrated, Coordinated Care
Tuesday, February 12th – 10:30 – 11:30 AM at the NextGate Booth #926

SDoH (Social Determinants of Health) is one of the more important topics in healthcare right now.  It’s become such an important topic as healthcare organizations start getting paid based on how well they take care of a population of patients as opposed to getting paid for the services they render.  Join our panel of experts Daniel Cidon (@nextgate), Minakshi Tikoo, PhD, MBI, MS, MSc, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker), Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia), and John Lynn (@techguy) as we have an open discussion on how organizations can use social determinant data. We’ll talk about the practical challenges associated with SDoH and where we see SDoH really making a difference.

The Nurses’ Voice: Incorporating Nurse Feedback to Improve Care
Tuesday, February 12th – 12:30 – 1:30 PM at MEDITECH Booth #3921

Far too often in health IT we talk about the doctors, but not enough about the nurses who are some of the most important healthcare IT users.  We’re planning to help remedy that problem at this great meetup focused on The Nurses Voice.  Join our expert panel of Danielle Siarri (@innonurse), Nathan Grunewald, MD (@NathanGrunewald), Cathy Turner (@MEDITECH_Nurses), Joe Farr, RN (@KDMCBrookhaven), and John Lynn (@techguy) for a well-rounded discussion about the role of nurses in healthcare IT.  We’ll discuss how to incorporate nurses in the work we do and examples of how we can better collaborate with nurses to deliver safer care and better engage patients.

Living in a Multi-Cloud World: How do you control the data sprawl – from acquisition to action?
Tuesday, February 12th – 2:00 – 3:00 PM at DellEMC Booth #3159

The reality of every healthcare CIO is that they have multiple systems in the cloud.  In fact, most organizations are deploying a mix of private and public clouds across their organization.  At this meetup, we’ll discuss how to best manage the data sprawl that’s happening as organizations move to the cloud.  Come and join the discussion with Sunnie Southern (@SunnieSouthern), Michael Joseph (@HealthData4All), Matt Fisher (@Matt_R_Fisher), Shahid Shahd (@ShahidNShah), Dan Trott (@DantrottDell), and John Lynn (@techguy) about living in a multi-cloud world and how you and your organization can deal with the costs and challenges associated with it.

Clinical Communication As a Competitive Advantage: Best Practices for Texting, Voice Calls and Alarms/Alerts
Tuesday, February 12th – 3:00 – 3:45 PM at Voalte Booth #2287

Is your communication system a competitive advantage or a disadvantage to your organization?  Improving clinical communication has been shown to lower costs, improve care, and reduce staff frustration and yet many don’t make it a priority.  Join our panel of clinicians, Dana Peco, MSN, BSN, CCRN (@Voalte), Nick van Terheyden, MD (@DrNic1), Chuck Webster, MD (@wareflo), and Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) to discuss healthcare communication best practices.  Walk away with practical tactics you can use to improve clinical communication in your organization.

New Media Meetup
Tuesday, 2/12, 6:00-8:00 PM at Howl at the Moon
This is the 10th annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS. This event brings together most of the influential people in Healthcare IT social media and a wide variety of influencers, journalists, marketers, bloggers, and readers as well. Plus, thanks to our sponsor, dotHealth, we’ll have food, drinks, dueling pianos, and some killer giveaways. This event does require you to register to attend, so please be sure to register if you plan to join us.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 HIMSS Meetups

The Promise of Healthcare IoT: Is IoT generating a lot of noise or actual value in healthcare today?
Wednesday, February 13th – 10:00 – 11:00 AM at DellEMC Booth #3159

We’re seeing IoT (Internet of Things) pop up all over the full continuum of patient care.  The challenge most organizations have is knowing where IoT is really making a difference and where it’s just noise.  Plus, how should an IT organization manage all these new devices?  Our expert panel of Michael Archuleta (@Michael81082), Michael Joseph (@HealthData4All), Nick van Terheyden, MD (@DrNic1), Dan Trott (@DantrottDell), Grace Cordovano, PhD, BCPA (@GraceCordovano), and John Lynn (@techguy)  will lead a discussion on IoT in healthcare.  We’ll dive into the question of where IoT is really useful and how healthcare organizations can be prepared for this deluge of health data and devices.

From the Boardroom to the Endpoint: Rethinking our Approach to Cybersecurity in Healthcare
Wednesday, February 13th – 11:30 – 12:30 AM at Atos Booth #2979

Security incidents happen, but you can minimize your risk of an incident and improve your response and recovery time.  Join our panel of experts, Dan Stewart (@Atos), Dr. Robert Jamieson Ed.D., Michael Archuleta (@Michael81082), Nick van Terheyden, MD (@DrNic1), and John Lynn (@techguy) for a discussion on how you should approach your cybersecurity strategy.  What are some ways to lower costs?  What should be the key focus areas when working on healthcare cybersecurity?  Come and learn a comprehensive strategy that can help your organization reduce security incidents and be prepared if (and most would say when) they happen.

#HITsm and #hcldr Picture Meetup
Wednesday, 2/13, 1:00 -1:30 PM (or however long people hang out) in the Hall B Lobby (Outside the Entrance to Hall B on the 1st Floor, Below the Bridge to the Hyatt)

This year we decided to keep things really simple for our #HITsm and #hcldr meetup at HIMSS 2019. Join us in the lobby outside Hall B to take a community picture and then mix and mingle with members of the #HITsm and #hcldr communities. We’ll plan to take the picture just after 1:00 PM so plan to show up early if you want to be in the picture.  If you show up early, you can start connecting with the community before we take the picture as well.  We look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and finally meeting some people who feel like old friends that we’re just meeting for the first time.

Cloud Analytics: A Fast Lane to Enable Real-World Evidence with Mercy
Wednesday, February 13th – 1:30 – 2:30 PM at SAP Booth #2332
Everyone talks about healthcare analytics, but Mercy has had some real success.  Join Curtis Dudley (@FollowMercy), Todd M. Craig, MD, FAAFP (@FollowMercy), Walt Ellenberger (@SAPHealth), and John Lynn (@techguy) as we lead a discussion around the ways EHR benchmarking using data from Epic has provided real-world evidence that uncovers cost savings, improves outcomes, and creates new revenue streams.  Come and hear the practical examples of using cloud-based analytics to improve your healthcare organization.

Digital and Physical Security: Practical Things You Can Do Today
Wednesday, February 13th – 3:00 – 4:00 PM at Fortinet Booth #821

A lot of attention is paid to digital security, but along with digital security, you also need to address physical security.  The two go hand in hand, so at this meetup, we’ll be discussing the convergence of the two.  We’ll hear practical things you can do today from our panel of experts: Tom Stafford, VP & Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health, Erik Devine, Chief Information Security Officer at Riverside Healthcare, Jason Dugenio, Chief Information Officer at Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Troy Roberts, Vice President, Customer Success & Enhanced Technologies at Fortinet, and John Lynn (@techguy).  Come and join the discussion about the practical ways your organization can improve its digital and physical security.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 HIMSS Meetups

Patient engagement: how the industry is getting it right, and how it can do better
Thursday, February 14th – 10:30 – 11:30 AM at Pegasystems Booth #3626

During this meetup, you will learn more on what’s driving the need for better patient engagement. In many ways, the healthcare industry is meeting patient expectations, but there is still much room for improvement. Learn how top healthcare organizations are ensuring their patients have the best experiences and outcomes possible with every interaction, and why the rest of the industry must follow suit, or get left behind. Join Jen Horonjeff (@jhoronjeff), Shahid Shah (@ShahidNShah), Carol Everhart (@pega), Kelli Bravo (@pega), and Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) for a deep dive discussion into patient engagement.

How’s that look for an incredible schedule of HIMSS 2019 meetups? We can’t wait to see all of you in Orlando and enjoy incredible engagement and knowledge sharing with those of you in the Healthcare IT and HIMSS19 community.

NextGate, MEDITECH, DellEMC, Voalte, dotHealth, Atos, SAP, and Fortinet are all sponsors of Healthcare Scene.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.