HIMSS17: An Education Melting Pot for Innovative Care Coordination

By , MS, RN-BC, Director of Clinical Informatics
Care Coordination, Clinical, HIMSS17
HIMSS17: An Education Melting Pot for Innovative Care Coordination

HIMSS17: An Education Melting Pot for Innovative Care Coordination

By Mary Ann Smeltzer, MS, RN-BC, director of clinical informatics

Anyone who’s been a nurse knows that a huge part of providing excellent care not only focuses on the actual delivery of care, but also on continual education and professional growth. Coincidentally, education and professional growth are focal points for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2017 (HIMSS17) Annual Conference and Exhibition, and are a huge reason why this event is so exciting. HIMSS17 provides individuals with opportunities to meet, learn and share ideas with practitioners and professionals from across the spectrum of healthcare. Personally, I’ll be sharpening my skillset as a nurse by attending a variety of education sessions where I will gain applicable knowledge about real-world healthcare solutions — and hopefully provide some firsthand knowledge of my own.


As healthcare transitions to a value-based care model, my personal focus is on the importance of care coordination and its role within organizations’ population health management strategies. Fortunately for me, HIMSS17 has plenty to offer on these topics. Here are some of my HIMSS17 must-sees:

  • Population Care Management Symposium: This year, there’s an entire Sunday pre-conference dedicated to care management and population health. While entry requires an additional fee, I’ve found that in previous years the knowledge gained from pre-conference events more than makes up for the cost. Throughout the week, I will also be sure to check out the new Population Care Management Knowledge Center, which will feature sessions like Improving Post-Acute Care with Care Coordination.
  • Education Sessions: A good portion of my time at HIMSS17 will be spent attending education sessions in pursuit of meeting my continuing education requirements. The HIMSS conference provides a convenient location to complete the bulk of my credits in one place. One course I’m particularly interested in attending is Clinically Enhanced Risk: A Payor-Provider Partnership, which will discuss how stakeholder collaboration is critical in the transition to fee-for-value services.
  • Exhibit Hall: With an audience of more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world, HIMSS17 allows attendees to see, touch and play with the latest innovative healthcare technologies. Within the Transcend Insights booth #5549, we will be hosting the “Intersection of Innovation,” a place for our partners and customers to demonstrate how our platform and unified solution suite support the end-to-end spectrum of healthcare delivery. I am looking forward to speaking with individuals about how Transcend Insights can help their organization achieve its population health management goals.

With that said, HIMSS17 not only provides us with the chance to speak with health system representatives, colleagues and vendors about their experiences in improving care coordination, but also to challenge each other to improve upon our solutions and drive further innovation, education and professional growth. I look forward to meeting as many fellow HIMSS attendees as I can this year. Feel free to find me at our booth or in between small group sessions… Hope to see you there!

What are you looking forward to at HIMSS17?