It’s difficult to keep up with my own schedule for HIMSS 13, which takes place in New Orleans next week March 3-7. It’s impossible to attend every education session and visit every vendor booth that’s of interest, but I make lists and add them to my agenda anyway. Still, it’s the pre-planned meetings and meet-ups with social media colleagues, many of whom I only get to see once a year, that are the “can’t miss” events. Oh, and the Warner Thomas, Eric Topol, and Bill Clinton keynotes are “can’t miss” events for me, too.
To increase the likelihood that I’ll get a chance to see friends and colleagues while at HIMSS, I thought I’d share below some of the events I plan to attend. Most events require pre-registration.
Monday, March 4
SearchHealthIT Meetup, 5:00-7:00 pm.
Whiskey Blue Bar at the W Hotel New Orleans
333 Poydras Street
4th Annual HIT Men and Women Reception, 6:30-8:30 pm.
614 Canal Street
Tuesday, March 5
#HITsm Live Tweetchat, 11:00 am - noon.
Social Media Center
I’ll be leading one of the topics in this hybrid live/online health IT-focused tweetchat.
S4PM Brown Bag Lunch, noon – 1 pm
Patient Engagement Meetup & Book Signing, 3:30-4:30 pm.
Social Media Center
New Media Meetup, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6
Patient Engagement: Transforming the Healthcare Experience, #ePatient Tweetup, 11:00 am – noon.
Perficient booth #1555, Lobby G.
Followed by #TheWalkingGallery meetup.
I’ve left out the Interoperability Showcase events on Monday, which will feature @ePatient Dave, from 4-5:00 pm followed by a tour led by @Motorcycle_Guy Keith Boone. I have meetings that may keep me from these sessions, but will try to make it. Keith and Dave are near neighbors, so I can meet with them locally. They are both knowledgeable and passionate advocates for health IT and the power of data to drive informed decisions. I recommend taking advantage of the sessions and tour if you can.
Contact me via email, Twitter @janicemccallum, or cell phone if you want to try to catch up with me at one of these events at HIMSS or try to squeeze in another time.