The Top HIMSS Sessions I’m Looking Forward To

‘Tis the healthcare conference season! After a successful showing at ViVE in Nashville last month, many healthcare professionals are shipping off to Chicago for the industry’s longstanding, can’t-miss health information and technology event: HIMSS. And this year, I’m going with them!

After a few tricky years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HIMSS is back in full force – bringing together tens of thousands of healthcare and tech professionals (think: CEOs, CIOs, government agents, providers, payers, IT consultants and entrepreneurs) to address the next frontier of digital health. With nearly one thousand sessions covering everything from health policy, to personalized care strategies, to next-gen technologies revolutionizing health management, pinpointing which sessions to prioritize is a challenge. That’s why I’ve curated a list of my own must-attend sessions.

Here are the sessions I’m most looking forward to at HIMSS 23:

Real Talk: TEFCA, Evolution or Revolution in Health Care Interoperability?

Tuesday, Apt. 18 at 1:45 p.m. CT

Sergio Wagner, chief strategy officer of V2 client Health Gorilla, will join a panel discussion about the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), and what it’s going to take to achieve the ubiquitous interoperability needed to make the most of our collective healthcare data.

Keynote: Healthcare Disruption: Accelerated Opportunities for Care Delivery Alternatives

Wednesday, Apr. 19 at 8:30 a.m. CT

Deborah DiSanzo, president of Best Buy Health (parent company of V2 client Current Health), will lead this session that explores how traditional healthcare settings can collaborate with non-traditional stakeholders to evolve how and where healthcare is delivered.  

A Year in Review: Operationalizing Hospital-at-Home at Scale

Thursday, Apr. 20 at 4 p.m. CT

Longtime V2 client Christopher McGhee, founder and CEO of Current Health, will take the stage with Candra Syzmanski, Interim Associate Vice President of Hospital-at-Home at UMass Memorial Health, to present how the health system is leveraging Current Health’s care-at-home platform to power its Hospital-at-Home program – and ultimately increase care access, offset bed capacity issues and improve the patient/provider experience.

Beyond client-led sessions, I’ll also be checking out these sessions that address some of the most pressing issues facing the healthcare industry today:

Data for Health Equity: Improving Maternal Health Outcomes Through Interoperability

Wednesday, Apr. 19 at 2:30 p.m. CT

This panel will highlight the maternal health crisis happening in the U.S. and beyond – calling to action initiatives that bridge gaps in data standards to support data provision, care coordination and care transitions that can improve maternal health outcomes at scale.

The Intersection of Health Equity and Technology

Thursday, Apr. 20 at 10 a.m. CT

This session will highlight what the HHS’ ONC is doing to advance the use and interoperability of social determinants of health (SDoH) data – ultimately paving the way for better health outcomes for all.

Combatting Burnout With Virtual Care Team Support: Lessons From Hospitals

Thursday, Apr. 20 at 4 p.m. CT

As burnout continues to plague health system employees, this session will explore how organizations are exploring virtual care models to relieve clinicians while ensuring high-quality patient care.

It’s going to be a busy week of sessions, networking events and press meetings – and I cannot wait! Follow V2 on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram for photos and updates from the HIMSS floor.



April 12, 2023


By Kristen Leathers


Health Tech