Specialty programs offer diverse opportunities for attendees

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Aside from its core educational sessions, HIMSS13 offers a dozen specialty programs for attendee interests, ranging from executive-level issues and international health initiatives to technological innovations, financial frameworks, entrepreneurial pursuits and career-development pathways.

Here's a brief overview of four selected specialty programs, the Career Services Institute, the Health IT Venture and Angel Fairs, and the Health Transformation Project.

Career Services Institute

Aside from its core of topical educational sessions, HIMSS13 offers a dozen specialty programs for attendee interests ranging from executive-level issues and international health initiatives to technological innovations, financial frameworks, entrepreneurial pursuits and career-development pathways.

Here's a brief overview of four selected specialty programs, the Career Services Institute, the Health IT Venture and Angel Fairs, and the Health Transformation Project.

Career Services Institute

Newly added this year and open to all HIMSS13 attendees, the Career Services Institute (CSI) will support entry-, intermediate- and advanced-level professionals seeking career guidance and potential job opportunities.

The event -- titled "Is Your Personal Brand Connected…or Unplugged?" -- will be held March 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marriott Convention Center in New Orleans. Keynote speaker Peggy Parks, an image and business etiquette consultant, will cover "The ABCs of Professional Image" with targeted segments on appearance, behavior and communication.

The program will explain "how you can best fit into the culture in which you're working," said Helen Figge, senior director of Career Services at HIMSS. "People are sometimes unsuccessful in getting a job -- although qualified for the job -- because they can't relate to the environment and work within it with the skills that they possess." Parks will advise attendees on "what you should look like, how you should behave, and how you should communicate in the work environment given today's landscape," noted Figge.

There is no additional fee to attend the CSI; however online registration is required. Go here to register.

Health IT Venture and Angel Fairs

Two events – one for established companies and the other for early-stage companies – will connect venture capitalists with entrepreneurs at HIMSS13.

The Health IT Venture Fair will feature presentations from more than 20 established healthcare IT companies. Industry experts will pre-qualify the participating firms based on their growth potential and other factors.

The Venture Fair will be held March 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Versailles Room. Along with the company presentations, the agenda includes panel discussions on raising capital and strategic partnering. There is a separate fee of $305 for the event.

The Health IT Angel Fair, new to the HIMSS annual conference schedule this year, will take place March 4 from 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The program will be focused on connecting angel investors with "very early-stage startup companies," according to Deborah Caruso, HIMSS' senior manager of corporate relations.

"The two events are very similar," explained Caruso, but the companies presenting at the Angel Fair "may have just completed trials or may have just one customer at this stage in their development. Last year, early-stage companies had a chance to give 'elevator pitches' [as part of the Venture Fair]; this year we're doing a separate event."

The half-day Angel Fair will also include a session on building a health IT business, as well as a strategic partner panel and networking opportunities. There is a separate fee of $205 for the program.

Healthcare Transformation Project

"HIMSS has typically been focused on the IT community and those peripheral to the community who have some engagement in IT-related issues," said John Daniels vice president of Healthcare Organizational Services at HIMSS. "But there's another audience that we haven't really been focused on, and that is the entire C-suite of a hospital or healthcare organization. The Healthcare Transformation Project [HTP] is part of our strategy to engage that audience…not only the IT executives, but also CEOs and other senior members of their leadership teams, such as CFOs, COOs, CMOs, and CNOs along with CIOs."

"HTP is an initiative whereby HIMSS wants to inspire, energize and empower this community of decision-makers to help them forge solutions to their most pressing challenges," explained Daniels.

For example, a hospital or group practice or clinic may want to become a premier healthcare delivery organization…how can senior leadership best leverage information technology to help them achieve that goal?

"We need to get them engaged with us to begin to have those conversations so that we can equip them with the tools, resources, education and research information as they consider investments in IT toward achieving their strategic objectives for the organization," added Daniels. "So we're building this community of leaders, with the expectation that they'll all be dedicated to transforming healthcare through IT -- but at the local level."

Attendees at the HTP event will engage in peer discussions and develop creative ways to use IT and management systems to address their organizations' most pressing challenges. They will also make a commitment to action, which will lay the foundation for transformation efforts in their organizations.

"HTP is action-oriented," Daniels emphasized. "We'll work with executives to come up with real, measurable action plans, with measurable steps they can take back to their organizations to help them achieve real transformation at the local level…And then we'll monitor their progress over time and report and celebrate with them in their successes."

The event will be held March 5-6 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Participation is by invitation only. You can request an invitation by emailing Kathy Shaw at kshaw@himss.org with a subject line of "Requesting my HTP invitation."

HTP participants will also get up-front VIP seating at President Bill Clinton's keynote address to HIMSS on March 6.

For a complete listing of HIMSS13 Specialty Programs and the latest updates on these programs, visit www.himssconference.org and click on the Specialty Programs tab.

 

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