Are You Prepared for HIMSS15?

Posted in News on Tuesday, April 07, 2015.

HIMSS Annual Conference is the largest health IT event in the industry. With nearly 38,000 people in attendance at last year's conference in Orlando, it's once again time to explore the value of health IT through education, networking and solutions. Each year healthcare professionals, clinicians and executives from around the world gather to discover new ways to advance innovation, make a greater impact and improve outcomes.

General Information

Need to know who's exhibiting, where they will be located, who's speaking and when? We have you covered! What about special events and awards? We have that, too! This is your one-stop shop for all things HIMSS15.

This year's conference and exhibition will take place April 12-16 in Chicago, IL, at McCormick Place Convention Center.

Exhibit Hall hours are as follows:

Monday, April 13  - 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, April 14 - 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 15 - 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance for a detailed look at the activities that will be taking place at McCormick Place for HIMSS15.

Looking for a specific vendor or exhibitor is? Use the HIMSS interactive Exhibition Hall map!

For Attendees

With over 1,200 exhibitors participating in this year's conference, how do you know where to start?

Begin by prioritizing what you are looking for. Are looking for an EHR system? Actionable data software? Is population health a concern? Are you ready to move to mobile or connected healthcare? What about revenue cycle management?

All of these questions should be prioritized and answered prior to coming to the conference. Knowing your priorities will help you more easily determine which exhibits/sessions/speaking engagements are best suited for your needs, so you can make the most of your time at the event.

Listed are the anchor exhibitors that will be showcased at HIMSS this year:


You will also want to familiarize yourself with the keynote speakers at this year's event:


April 13, 2015 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Alex W. Gourlay
Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Walgreens

Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Walgreens Mr. Gourlay will discuss Walgreens' strategic approach to adopting technology to drive the company's vision, purpose and growth.


April 14, 2015 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Bruce D. Broussard
President and Chief Executive Officer, Humana

As the CEO of one of the nation's largest health and well-being companies, Bruce will discuss how future innovations in healthcare will be demand-driven (that is, driven by consumers) rather than driven by the supply side.


April 15, 2015 | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States

President Bush offers his thoughts on eight years in the Oval Office, the challenges facing our nation, the power of freedom, the role of faith and other pressing issues.


April 16, 2015 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a physician who has focused her career toward improving access to affordable, high quality care for all people, especially vulnerable populations, and promoting overall health.


Andy Slavitt
Acting Administrator, CMS

Andy Slavitt is the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Slavitt is responsible for overseeing the programs that serve the millions of Americans that access healthcare services through Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Marketplace.


April 16, 2015 | 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Jeremy Gutsche
Founder of, Author of "Exploiting Chaos"

Mr. Gutsche challenges HIMSS attendees to define their core values, and guide them towards a new outlook on innovation, disruption, and adaptation.

Media Sessions

Be cognizant of press room hours. A detailed schedule is listed below:

Sunday, April 12 – Thursday, April 16 - 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 16
- 8 –11 a.m.

HIMSS Press Conference Room: HIMSS has Room CC10 AB at McCormick Place in Chicago, available for exhibitors to use at no charge for press conferences. All other expenses (AV, food & beverage, etc.) are to the responsibility of the exhibitor. This room is close to the HIMSS15 Press Room, Room CC10 CD.

If you plan to hold a press conference during HIMSS15, please visit the HIMSS Exhibitor Portal to access the guidelines.

Special Events and Awards

HIMSS Awards & Recognition Gala

April 14, 2015 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CT
The Chicago Hilton Grand Ballroom

The HIMSS Awards & Recognition Gala is a time for celebration and for recognizing members who have added their unique sparkle and verve to the industry. Lifetime achievement, scholarship programs, activities or publications - HIMSS honors individuals, groups, and organizations for significant contributions to the Society, their organizations or to the health IT profession. Come toast their accomplishments at this year's elegant event!

Individual Tickets - $125
Tables of 10- $1,250

Social Media Hub

Below you will find the HIMSS15 Hashtag Guide. This guide was specifically designed to promote a common hashtag vocabulary to segment and streamline conversations. By utilizing these tips and hashtags, you can make you and your digital neighbor's social media experience more personalized and enjoyable. See below some social media tips from HIMSS:

  • Tip #1: Use a social media monitoring tool that provides easy keyword and hashtag tracking from a desktop and mobile device. The ability to sift out the nuggets from the noise makes Twitter at conferences that much more meaningful.
  • Tip #2: Using your social media monitoring tool, pair the #HIMSS15 hashtag and keywords in one stream to focus in on topics that interest you most. Sating your curiosity for #PatientEngagement is a lot easier when it's not overshadowed by thousands of other tweets about the next vendor's demonstration or the onslaught of #HIMSS15 health "selfies."
  • Tip #3: Like all things, use hashtags in moderation. Tweets with too many hashtags are hard to read, fragment conversation and are often dismissed as spam. Please tweet responsibly.

Can't find what you're looking for? Check out the HIMSS Conference website!

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