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HIMSS 2017 conference coverage and analysis


The HIMSS 2017 conference will be held February 19 to 23, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.. SearchHealthIT news writers Kristen Lee and Shaun Sutner and associate editor Tayla Holman will be on-site conducting interviews with health IT professionals and attending educational sessions.

Hot topics on the HIMSS 2017 conference agenda include connected health, cybersecurity, health information exchange and interoperability, and clinical and business intelligence. Also to be discussed at the conference is how the new administration will affect the future of health IT.

Keynote speakers for HIMSS 2017 include former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O'Leary of Shark Tank fame, IBM chairman, president and CEO Ginni Rometty, and Ed Rendell, the 45th governor of Pennsylvania.

Follow this guide before, during and after the HIMSS 2017 conference for news, expert interviews and a recap of HIMSS 2016.

1Live coverage from HIMSS 2017-

News from the HIMSS 2017 conference

The HIMSS 2017 conference is expected to draw 45,000 healthcare and health IT professionals and vendors. There will be 300 educational sessions held over five days and 1,200 exhibitors. This section will be updated throughout the duration of HIMSS 2017 with news and blogs from the floor. Until then, read on for our preshow coverage.


HIMSS 2017 health IT topics predictions

The HIT Squad predicts the hot health IT topics for the HIMSS 2017 conference, which include value-based healthcare and health data cybersecurity. Continue Reading

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ONC plans no fewer than eight sessions at HIMSS 2017

Despite uncertainty accompanying the new administration, remaining ONC officials have planned at least eight sessions at the HIMSS 2017 conference. Continue Reading


MD Anderson pauses IBM Watson project on cognitive computing in healthcare

MD Anderson Cancer has put its project with IBM Watson on hold, but IBM CEO Ginny Rometty believes the era of cognitive computing in healthcare is upon us. Continue Reading


Patient engagement and AI top HIMSS 2017 agenda

Patient engagement, artificial intelligence and machine learning were some of the hot topics at the HIMSS 2017 annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Continue Reading

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Medical imaging displaces EHRs at 2017 HIMSS conference

While EHRs have traditionally had a large presence at the largest annual gathering of health IT professionals, the 2017 HIMSS conference saw a surge in interest in medical imaging. Continue Reading

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A first-timer's reflections on the annual HIMSS conference

SearchHealthIT associate editor Tayla Holman recounts her experience at her first HIMSS conference. Trends she noticed included AI and precision medicine, as well as mHealth. Continue Reading

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Reactions to the HIMSS 2017 conference

Although HIMSS 2017 has ended, there is more coverage left to come from the SearchHealthIT team. In this section, the SearchHealthIT will share their reactions to the HIMSS 2017 conference and additional insights from experts.

3Highlights from HIMSS 2016-

A recap of HIMSS 2016

SearchHealthIT news writers Kristen Lee and Shaun Sutner tackled various aspects of last year's conference, together and separately. In this section, you'll find links to podcasts from their visits to Epic and IBM Watson booths, as well as their post-conference analyses.


At HIMSS 2016, the HIT Squad stopped by the IBM Watson and Epic booths

SearchHealthIT writers Kristen Lee and Shaun Sutner hit the HIMSS 2016 exhibition floor to check out innovative health tech. Continue Reading


At HIMSS 2016, the HIT Squad visited the Epic booth

Renowned for an aversion to marketing and media, Epic Systems Corp. received a visit from reporters Kristen Lee and Shaun Sutner, who were ushered out of the booth. Continue Reading


On the docket at HIMSS 2016 was improving the patient experience

In this podcast, recorded on the exhibition floor at HIMSS 2016, reporter Shaun Sutner interviewed Virtusa Corp. senior director and global head of healthcare strategy Murtuza Mukadam, who discussed improving the patient experience through patient engagement. Continue Reading

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Chaotic, smoky and outspoken: A look at the scene and folks of HIMSS 2016

Reporter Shaun Sutner blogged about the HIMSS 2016 experience, describing the benign chaos of the convention, the technical glitches, flashy demos, 'HIMSSanity' and cigarette smoke-filled, maze-like casino hallways. Continue Reading

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Kristen Lee: 'I can officially say I survived HIMSS 2016'

News writer Kristen Lee, despite getting lost on the HIMSS 2016 exhibition floor, made it out of the huge convention. In this blog post, she recounts some of her top interviews with healthcare CIOs and her observations of the conference. Continue Reading

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