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HIMSS: HLM's Guide to This Year's Ultimate Global Health Conference

By Annie Wissner

As a HIMSS23 event sponsor, we're excited to share with you all the details and insider tips for making the most of your time at this year's event.

What's the HIMSS Conference?

HIMSS, or the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, is a global organization that focuses on improving healthcare through the use of technology and innovation. Their annual conference brings together healthcare professionals, technology experts, and industry leaders across the global health ecosystem to share ideas and explore the latest advancements in healthcare technology.

Who Attends:

According to the conference website: "HIMSS23 unites thought leaders, disruptors, and changemakers representing every sector across the global healthcare ecosystem. Join peers and experts to develop, strengthen and learn from the relationship between health and technology. Continue your journey to better global health during this unique conference experience."

80% of HIMSS22 attendees said they were "extremely likely" to recommend attending HIMSS23 to a colleague!

Where is this year's HIMSS conference?

The HIMSS Global Health Conference will be held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois, from April 17-21, 2023. With over 45,000 attendees expected, this is one of the largest healthcare technology conferences in the world. The theme of this year's event is "Digital Health: Making Connections and Empowering Health," highlighting the importance of technology and connectivity in improving healthcare outcomes.

About HIMSS 2023

Let's dive into what you can expect at the 2023 HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition. With so much to see and do, planning ahead is important to make the most of your time. 


The Venue

Chicago, IL | McCormick Place Convention Center

This year's HIMMS conference takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, and it's not your average convention center. As the largest convention center in North America, it boasts an impressive four-building complex that will leave you awestruck. Each building - the North, South, West, and Lakeside Center - offers its own unique features and amenities, making it the perfect destination for conventions, trade shows, and other large-scale events. Plan ahead by getting familiar with McCormick Place maps, parking, and more information.

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall is the heart of the conference, featuring hundreds of booths showcasing the latest healthcare technology and innovative health tech products. This year's global health conference exhibition will feature over 1,300 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies and solutions in healthcare IT. Be sure to stop by our booth #6400 to learn more about High Level Marketing and our digital marketing services.

View the HIMSS23 Campus Map

World Renowned Speakers

As the most influential healthcare event, the HIMSS Global Health Conference always brings in high-profile keynote speakers and an extensive panel of healthcare professionals, including executives, CIOs, technology professionals, and industry experts, to inspire, educate, and provide thought leadership to attendees. Past speakers have included Bill Clinton, Michael J. Fox, and Arianna Huffington.

HIMSS 2023 Speakers Include:

  • Vin Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Amazon Pharmacy and NBC News Medical Analyst
  • Zenobia Brown. Senior Vice President Population Health Care Management and Associate Chief Medical Officer Northwell Health Solutions
  • Michael Crawford, Associate Dean for Strategy, Outreach & Innovation, Howard University College of Medicine
  • Vivian Lee, Author and Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
  • Deborah DiSanzo, President, Best Buy Health
  • And many more!

Hot Topic Education Sessions

Continuing Education Credit Programs (CPEs) offer various professional qualifications and continuing education credits. Plus, HIMSS offers a variety of leadership sessions and educational sessions covering a wide range of topics, from cybersecurity to patient engagement to interoperability. This year's topics include Digital Health Transformation. There will also be a focus on legislation, policies, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. With over 300 hot topic sessions to choose from, you're sure to find something that interests you.

Lively Networking Events

The HIMSS conference is where industry leaders and healthcare professionals throughout the global health ecosystem meet to network and build relationships. Be sure to attend the various curated executive events, preconference events, and other lively networking events throughout the conference, including receptions, meet-ups, and special interest group meetings.

HIMSS 2023 is this year's Radiology Management, ICU Management, Healthcare IT, Cardiology Management, and Executive Management networking event!

How to Prepare for HIMSS 2023

Get the most from attending the HIMSS Global Conference by planning ahead. Here are some tips to prepare for the conference:

  • Register Early: Early registration will ensure that you have access to all the sessions and events you want to attend. Register here.
  • Book Accommodations: Hotels in the area fill up quickly, so booking your accommodations early is important. Consider staying at one of the official conference hotels for easy access to the conference and negotiated rates. You can find information on accommodations for the event here.
  • Download the Conference App: The HIMSS Global Conference app is a great tool to plan your schedule, navigate the conference, discover innovative health tech products, and connect with other attendees. Detailed instructions to download the app can be found here.
  • Review the Program: Take some time to review the conference program and identify the sessions and events that are most relevant to your interests and industry.
  • Find Your Path: HIMSS23 is organized around specific conference experience paths, including:
  • CXOs: Discover the latest technology solutions and examine core strategies for mitigating risks and adapting to change.
  • Emerging Healthcare Leaders: Unlock resources for professional development and stay in the know about emerging healthcare trends.
  • First Time Attendees: Get resources to help you navigate the conference and realize your dynamic vision in an evolving healthcare ecosystem.
  • Investors/Entrepreneurs: Collaborate with industry experts to address challenges, strengthen partnerships, and accelerate business transformation.
  • Nurses: Network with nursing informaticists, discover countless workforce solutions, and improve patient-first strategies.
  • Physicians: Connect with fellow physicians to advance care and access through the power of information and technology.
  • Regions: There are different sessions depending on your region, including APAC, EMEA, and Latin America.
  • Check the Weather: The average temperature in Chicago in late April ranges between 55°F and 63°F (13°C and 17°C), with an average high of 59°F (15°C) and an average low of around 45-60°F. As for packing suggestions, we recommend bringing a raincoat and comfortable, water-resistant shoes, as rain is always a possibility during this time of the year in Chicago. As a general guideline, pack clothing suitable for spring weather, which typically ranges from mid-March to May and is characterized by temperatures averaging between 45-60°F (7-16°C).

Event Day Checklist

Now that you know what to expect, here are five tips for making the most of your time at the 2023 HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition.

  1. Plan ahead: With so much to see and do, it's important to plan out your schedule ahead of time. Look through the conference program and decide which sessions, exhibits, and events you want to attend.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes: You'll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  3. Bring business cards: Networking is a big part of the conference, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards to exchange with other attendees.
  4. Use social media: Follow HIMSS and the conference hashtag on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest news and connect with other attendees.
  5. Take breaks: With so much going on, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Take breaks throughout the day to recharge and avoid burnout.

We hope this guide has been helpful in preparing for the 2023 HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition. Don't forget to connect with High Level Marketing for all your digital marketing needs and stop by booth #6400 to meet our team. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


Author: Annie Wissner

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