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.

White House doc to talk leadership

If you have been waiting with bated breath to hear Bill Clinton’s closing keynote, you will most likely also enjoy hearing from his former White House physician, Eleanor (Connie) Mariano, known to her patient, President Clinton, as simply “Dr. Connie.” She will be speaking on Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m., preceding Clinton’s closing keynote at 1 p.m.

The “View from the Top” sessions have always been popular at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, with this year’s line-up promising to be no different.

Though there are six View from the Top sessions slated for this year’s conference–two each day–possibly the crowning “View from the Top” will come by way of Dr. Connie’s session on Wednesday morning, where she will share “Lessons on Medicine and Leadership,” learned–well, from the top. She will undoubtedly expand upon her 2010 memoir, “The White House Doctor.”

Mariano is no stranger to the limelight. An expert on the care of VIPs, celebrities, and world leaders, Mariano is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences as well as on media specials such as CNN’s “The Health of the President.”

Nowadays, you will find her working at the Center for Executive Medicine, an organization she heads and founded, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Mariano is the first military woman in the history of the United States to be appointed as Physician to the President, the first female director of the medical unit of the White House, and the first Filipino-American to become a rear admiral in the US Navy.

Tuesday morning’s Views from the Top session will look at the types of hackers and how to go about protecting your organization from them. Later that afternoon, there will be a View from the Top on the lessons learned from Katrina in the afternoon.

Wednesday’s afternoon session will feature a healthcare debate with a particularly political twist, as Karl Rove and James Carville take the stage together.