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The 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition brings together nearly 40,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.

The hallmarks of the conference--showcasing cutting edge technologies and solutions in health IT, networking, and world-class symposia and workshops—seem to be only the tip of the iceberg for the 2015 conference taking place April 12-16 in Chicago.

Physicians will have dozens of options for learning from colleagues who are presenting on a wide variety of topics that address their key concerns in healthcare delivery. And there are more “must see” interactive exhibits on all aspects for health IT.

“This year, nearly 100 physicians will be presenting in our educational sessions,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS North America. “Much of our focus revolves around physicians and their needs – increasing the quality time spent on patient care, reducing medical errors, and transitioning to value-based versus volume-based care.”

Keynote speakers include George W. Bush, 43th President of the United States and creator of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Addressing innovation in technology and business operations is Jeremy Gutsche, founder of Trendhunter.com and author of award-winning bestseller 'Exploiting Chaos: 150 Ways to Spark Innovation During Times of Change.'

Also presenting are Alex Gourlay, President of Walgreens, and Bruce Broussard, CEO, Humana.

Physician Must-See Events

Sunday April 12:  Physician Symposium and Poster Sessions.

This highly anticipated, one-day thought leadership program will focus on the diverse roles of the physician and will discuss data-driven decisions that affect population health; the challenges and opportunities of integrated clinical networks; the promise of mobile health; and clinical transformation as achieved through interoperable health systems.

Week-long Exhibits: Visit the Interoperability Showcase to tour one of six health journeys to experience a clinically-accurate continuum of care that explores multiple use cases for standards-based health information exchanges. Also visit the Value Suite where you can discover how to optimize the value of your health IT systems. Explore provider success stories and meet with HIMSS Davies award winners that will highlight the proven benefits of health IT within the five HIMSS Health IT Value STEPS™. Don’t miss these always popular exhibits: Connected Patient Gallery, First-Time Exhibitor Dedicated Area, and Intelligent Health Pavilion.

Newest Exhibits and Learning Centers

HX360: An initiative co-developed by HIMSS and AVIA, HX360 pioneers the adoption and use of next gen technologies in key areas of health system delivery, combining the human & fiscal resources, process change and technology for the advancement of their organization.

Health IT Value Suite: The Value of Health IT comes to life on the HIMSS show floor. Patient and healthcare provider success stories highlight the many proven benefits of Health IT. Meet the experts and learn about organizations that have seen value across each of the HIMSS Health IT Value STEPS™ categories.

Cybersecurity Command Center: In healthcare, cybersecurity is our shared responsibility. Whether you are a novice or expert – the Cybersecurity Command Center will help raise your awareness and increase your knowledge base.

Disaster Preparedness Knowledge Center: Disasters happen. Is your organization ready? Discover how to prepare to manage external and internal emergencies by ensuring that adequate contingency plans are in place.

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