Connect, Learn, and Meet Up with People at #HIMSS20

UPDATE: the HIMSS 2020 Annual Conference has been cancelled.  We’ll be working to offer all of these meetups as virtual events soon.  More details to come.

UPDATE 2: We’ve rescheduled a number of these HIMSS20 meetups as virtual events. We hope you’ll join us and take part in the discussions. 

The 2020 HIMSS Annual Conference is just under 4 weeks away. In case you don’t know about the HIMSS conference, it brings together 40,000-50,000 of the best and brightest healthcare IT professionals along with 1300+ exhibitors in one conference in Orlando, FL.  Needless to say, it’s a little crazy, but it’s also an incredible place to connect and learn from a wide variety of health IT professionals from across the industry.

At Healthcare IT Today, we’ve found one of the best ways to learn at the event is to connect and have conversations with as many people as possible. There’s something special about getting to hear people’s first-hand experiences and insights into what’s really happening in healthcare organizations.   We love hearing about all the practical innovations and the struggles and challenges healthcare organizations are facing.  Plus, we always leave with a network of new friends and connections along with creating deeper connections with existing peers.

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 #HIMSS20, we hope you’ll join us at the following meetups we’ll be holding in Orlando. Plus, Healthcare IT Today has a booth at HIMSS20 for the first time. Stop by Booth #5093 and say hi to the Healthcare IT Today team.

Note: Only the Tuesday lunch requires a registration. All of the rest you can just show up and attend.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 HIMSS Meetups

How Are Healthcare Institutions Being Attacked and What Can You Do About It?
Tuesday, March 10th – 11:00 – 11:45 AM at the Proofpoint Booth #465
Cybercriminals are becoming much more sophisticated in how they attack your organization. Instead of just attacking your technology infrastructure, they’re now attacking people. Using social engineering, they are launching sophisticated attacks which exploit people in your organization. In this discussion, we’ll look at which job functions are being attacked the most and what you can do about it. Join this expert panel including Mike Gregory – CISO, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Tony Paterra – Vice President, Product Management at Proofpoint, Jim Loveless – Chief Information Security Officer at Nemours Health System, and John Lynn (@techguy) for an open discussion on this challenging cybersecurity issue.

Augmenting Clinician Insights with Machine Learning
Tuesday, March 10th – 2:00 – 2:45 PM at Dell Technologies Booth #2121

With the exponential increase in the amount of data and physician workloads, modern healthcare organizations are looking to adopt AI/ ML tools to help augment clinical workflows. In fact, today’s increases in processing power and improvements in network and storage speeds means the timing to make AI a reality is today. Of course, this increase in technology cannot replace the human connection in patient care decision making. How should healthcare organizations be thinking about making the AI-powered care experience more collaborative with improved two-way communication between providers and patients? Join the discussion at HIMSS20 with John Lynn (@techguy), Aaron Miri, MBA, CHCIO, FHIMSS (@AaronMiri), Corinne Stroum (@healthcora), Mandi Bishop (@mandibpro), Ed Shaffer (@ewshaffer) and Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA (@RasuShrestha) and share your insights into this important topic.

Easing the Pain of Prior Authorization: Operational Advice for Healthcare Providers
Tuesday, March 10th – 2:15 – 3:00 PM at J2 Global Booth #5185
With prior authorization remaining one of the great healthcare information technology policy challenges facing our industry, the process of obtaining prior approval for services creates a significant burden for providers and often leads to unnecessary delays in care at the expense of the patient’s health. Hear from Colin Hung (@colin_hung), Jeffrey Sullivan, CTO at J2 Cloud Services, Jay Eisenstock, Board Chair at WEDI, and April Todd, Senior Vice President at CORE and Explorations of CAQH as they explore operating rules, methodologies and technology solutions that can be employed to eliminate points of pain for both patients and providers. In this discussion, they’ll also examine ways to increase automation and workflow integration to meet prior authorization requirements through FHIR-based APIs, EHRs, Communication Tools and Cloud Solutions.

#HITsm and #hcldr Picture Meetup
Tuesday, March 10th, 3:00 -3:30 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)

As has become an annual tradition, we’ll be taking the #HITsm and #hcldr community picture at HIMSS 2020. 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 about 3:15 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. A thank you to Agency Ten22 for sponsoring the professional photographer for the meetup picture.

How Can Healthy Data Fix Healthcare?
Tuesday, March 10th – 4:00 – 4:45 PM at InterSystems Booth #3301

There are a lot of pressures holding healthcare back from achieving higher quality of care and lower costs. One of them is the challenge of sharing healthcare data. Whether that’s data between organizations, or patients sharing wearable and other home health data with their doctors, sharing data is a challenge with major consequences, especially when the data isn’t clean. Join us for this meetup where we’ll talk about how a clean, healthy data pipeline is critical to solving today’s healthcare challenges and what the world of healthcare unbounded would look like. Is it possible to share data? What are the benefits? How do you overcome the challenges? How can we enable third party vendors? We’ll discuss these questions and many more with our panel of experts: Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia), Stacy Hurt, MHA, MBA (@stacy_hurt), Alex MacLeod (@InterSystems), Eric Widen (@HBI_Solutions), Charles Worthington, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and John Lynn (@techguy).

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 HIMSS Meetups

Healthcare IoT Data at the Point of Care
Wednesday, March 11th – 10:00 – 10:45 AM at Dell Technologies Booth #2121

IoT is here to stay. Smaller devices and more intelligent sensors, combined with the advent of 5G, are ushering in a new era of patient-generated data. Intelligence at the edge also opens the door to distributed Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics. When building out your Edge and IoT ecosystem – both at the hospital and at the patient’s home – how should cybersecurity tools be incorporated to avoid unauthorized access? With new access points being introduced, how can security blueprints be designed proactively– rather than being an afterthought? Join the discussion at HIMSS20 with John Lynn (@techguy), Mitch Parker (@mitchparkerciso), Grace Cordovano, PhD, BCPA, Founder (@GraceCordovano), Steven Lazer (@Lazer_Epic) and Wendy Bohner (@Wbohner) and share your insights into this important topic.

Cybersecurity’s Impact on Patient Safety and Trust
Wednesday, March 11th – 11:30 – 12:15 PM at Proofpoint Booth #465

The damage a cybersecurity incident can have on an organization’s reputation and finances is well known. What doesn’t get talked about is the impact cybersecurity can have on both patient safety and trust. As cybersecurity attacks have become more sophisticated, they are creating a slew of new patient safety issues. Plus, each incident undermines patients’ trust in their health institution. Join Hussein Syed – Vice President & CISO, RWJBarnabas Health, Judy Hatchett – Vice President, Information Security & CISO, Fairview Health Services, Ryan Witt – Managing Director, Healthcare Industry Practice at Proofpoint, Tom Stafford – Vice President & CIO, Halifax Health, and John Lynn (@techguy) to learn how patient safety and trust are impacted by security incidents and how you can properly address these cybersecurity risks in your organization.

Let’s Talk About a National Patient Identifier
Wednesday, March 11th – 1:00 – 1:45 PM at NextGate Booth #3128

Poor patient matching and identification have been an incessant, vexing issue for healthcare constituents. Despite years of deliberation, no national strategy has emerged to accurately and consistently match individuals to their health data. Join our panel of experts, Julie Pursley Dooling, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA (@julezd), Mark J. Segal, PhD, FHIMSS (@msegal111), Dan Cidon (@dcidon), Ben Moscovitch (@benmoscovitch), and John Lynn (@techguy), as we explore the complexities of universal patient identifiers, the pros and cons, the technological and regulatory requirements, barriers to adoption, and how a mandated identifier works (and doesn’t) in other countries. Along with learning the value and challenges of a national patient identifier, we’ll also discuss what can be done today to improve patient matching and identification.

Securing Medical Devices and IoT
Wednesday, March 11th – 2:30 – 3:15 PM in Fortinet Booth #4165
One of the most challenging areas of healthcare security is securing your medical devices and the growing set of IoT devices.  At this meetup we’ll discuss the challenges associated with ensuring your medical devies and IoT infrastructure and what practical steps you can take to secure these.  Join our panel of experts, Erik Devine, Director of Information Security & Technology / Chief Information Security Officer at Riverside Health, Renee Tarun, Deputy CISO at Fortinet, Sonia Arista (@sarista16), Healthcare CISO at Fortinet, and and John Lynn (@techguy) to talk about this important and challenging security risk.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 HIMSS Meetup

HITMC (Healthcare and IT Marketing Community) End of HIMSS Recovery Meetup
Thursday, March 12th – 5:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Lobby Bar

We know some of you will be heading home already, but if you’re still around on Thursday evening join Colin Hung and John Lynn at the Hyatt lobby bar.  Wrap up your time in the exhibit hall and then come and hang out with us as we relax and enjoy time together as a HITMC community.  Talk over what you saw, heard, and share stories from the week.

How’s that look for an amazing schedule of HIMSS 2020 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 HIMSS20 community.

Proofpoint, DXC, J2 Global, NextGate, Dell Technologies, Intersystems, 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.


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