All the news and information you need to prepare for HIMSS13. Destination HIMSS13 is our e-newsletter series devoted to preparing you for the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, March 3-7 in New Orleans. On this page, you'll find previews of sessions and events, information about new products to be featured at the show, and helpful planning tips.

Get hands-on at pre-conference workshops

There will be plenty to see at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, but pre-conference workshops E through H on Sunday, March 3, offer conference attendees a unique opportunity, said David Collins, senior director, mHIMSS. At each workshop, which will take place in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, attendees will get to learn from, and interact with, the top experts in their fields.

Workshop E, “Technology & Trajectory of Mobility in a New Healthcare Model,” from 8 a.m. to noon, will led by Shawn Jackman and Nico Arcino, two product managers from Kaiser Permanente. According to Collins, attendees can expect Jackman and Arcino to talk about Kaiser’s successes, challenges and lessons learned as the organization makes ever-increasing use of mobile technology. They’ll also discuss overall workflow related to technology and the standards that drive technology.

Workshop F, “Develop Your Own Mobile App”, from 1 to 5 p.m., is a “interesting and fun” workshop, said Collins. “If you want to learn how to build an app, this will teach you how to build an app,” he said. “It’s a very hands-on workshop.” Because attendees will be creating an app that they will be able to publish on iTunes by the end of the session, attendees need a more than basic technical knowledge.  Collins also recommended registering in advance because demand for this workshop may be high.

While workshops E and F are for those with intermediate technology backgrounds, workshops G and H are for those with beginner technology backgrounds.

Workshop G, “Health IT 101: An Introduction to Healthcare and IT Enabling Technologies,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offers an introduction to the HIT arena, giving background and insights on everything from what processes and roles form a HIT structure within healthcare systems, to explaining how HIT improves patient care and quality outcomes.

Workshop H, “Preparing for an OCR Audit: Evaluating Your Privacy and Security Programs,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will bring attendees up-to-date on healthcare privacy and security requirements and trends. With audience participation, discussion will revolve around current federal and state legislative updates, Meaningful Use and how to prepare, collect and present documentation as evidence in an OCR audit.

More information on the workshops and presenters can be found at www.himssconference.org.