…Are You Ready?
1) Don’t go unprepared. Do your research. Organize, plan, and dress for success!
Take advantage of your time at #HIMSS18 and make the most out of your experience. We recommend….
- Thoroughly researching the conference (exhibitors, educational sessions, networking opportunities)
- Planning out your week (what to see, who to talk to, etc.) *HIMSS Trick – the best conversations always happen on the first day.*
- Packing light, but don’t forget the essentials (water bottle, business cards, pen, extra space for cool conference swag, etc.)
- Wearing comfy shoes.
2) Don’t be intimidated by the idea of networking.
“It’s not what you know, but who you know.” This stands true in most professional situations – the health IT industry being no different. HIMSS is a society (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), so don’t be anti-social. Use this opportunity to expand your social circle, physically and through the use of social media.
#HIMSS18 is the main conference hashtag, among a sea of others. (View: The official HIMSS18 hashtag guide). If your social media feeds aren’t already buzzing with #HIMSS18 news, it’ll only get more prominent as we countdown the days to the big event and during the actual conference. Among the 45,000 conference attendees are other health IT professionals who are eager to learn and connect. Networking is key and the HIMSS conference provides ample opportunities to do so.
Check out the full list of #HIMSS18 events here.
3) Don’t forget to download the HIMSS18 mobile app prior to arrival.
I mean, you are attending a tech conference, so it only makes sense that there would be an app for such an event (there’s an app for everything, right?). The HIMSS18 mobile app was created to help you navigate the conference seamlessly through their step-by-step directions, interactive maps, and the ability to connect with others in a community of fellow attendees that have also installed the app – allowing you to send direct messages and share your location inside the conference center. The app allows you to get the most out of your experience, just don’t forget to download it before hitting the conference so you are well prepared to take on the madness that is HIMSS.
Download the app here!
4) Don’t think inside of the box.
Whether you’re an exhibitor or an attendee, don’t get caught up in mainstream thinking. Enter a beginner’s mind. Take in every ounce of information as if you are a two-year-old, eager and ready to learn and explore. The whole conference is massive. From educational sessions to approximately 1,300 exhibitors on the show floor, you’ll be surrounded by new and exciting stimuli. Be open to new ideas, new conversations, new people, and new technology. Channel your creative energies, especially when it comes to showcasing your products/services in a custom exhibit booth space or with regard to how you engage with attendees and present yourself.
5) Don’t neglect your downtime.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the conference and create some time to relax and explore all that is Las Vegas. Ultimately, how you decide to tackle #HIMSS18 is up to you. Whatever you do, take advantage of all the opportunities that HIMSS has to offer and don’t forget to have fun!
We hope this guide helps you in preparation for the big event. Don’t forget to meet up with True Process at #HIMSS18!
To schedule a meeting, contact Anne Burroughs at [email protected].