By Julieanne Cooper, Director, Member Services – G2Xchange Health

HIMSS VEGAS 2016 for the Federal Health IT Executive

Airline Ticket Bought  ♥       Hotel Room Booked           ♦

Bag Packed                    ♠        Lucky Pair of Dice              ♣

You are almost set, but included here are three things you need to make the most of your week:

 Key Sessions to attend | Key Booths to visit | Key Parties to hit

 Note: Updated on 2.24.16. Comment below if you have anything to add.

Key Sessions to attend

Monday, February 29th

HIMSS16 Opening Keynote Session
February 29, 2016 — 05:00PM – 07:00PM PT
Speaker – Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health & Human Services

Military Health System Innovations To Move From Healthcare To Health
February 29, 2016 — 09:30AM – 10:30AM PT
Speaker – Steve Steffensen MD (Chief of Innovation – DoD, Military Health System)

Skill Up to Health IT
February 29, 2016 — 09:15AM – 10:15AM PT
Speaker – Diane Bedecarre RN-BC, MS (Health Informatics Workforce Development Co-Lead – Office of Informatics and Analytics, Department of Veterans Affairs)

Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop
February 29, 2016 — 08:00AM – 05:00PM PT
Speakers –  Lt. Col. Rich Wilson – Solutions Delivery, HIT Directorate – DHA; Col. Beverly Beavers – Office of the Army Surgeon General CIO – DHA; Scott Svabek, Former Director of Procurement – DHA; Bridget Gauer, Deputy Director – NITAAC

G2X TAKE: Organized and run by several Federal Health IT industry leaders, the Federal Health IT BD workshop is worth ensuring you take the early flight to Vegas. Workshop sessions will cover topics such as: Techniques for Getting a Foot in the Door; How to decide which Federal Health IT agency to focus on; What you REALLY need to know about Federal Technical Evaluation committees; Price to win strategies; The Business Proposal and Business Intelligence Strategies that Improve Success in the Bidding Process.

Tuesday, March 1st

MHS Health Information Technology Transformation
March 1, 2016 — 10:00AM – 11:00AM PT
Speaker –  Richard N. Terry Colonel, USAF, MSC (Acting MHS CIO and Acting Director – Defense Health Agency HIT Directorate)

MHS EHR Functional Champions: Enabling Transformation
March 1, 2016 — 11:30AM – 12:30PM PT
Speaker – William Roberts MD, MBA, USN RADM (Ret) (Military Health System Electronic Health Record Functional Champion – Defense Health Agency)

Views from the Top Session #4
March 1, 2016 — 08:30AM – 09:30AM PT
Speaker – Jonathan Woodson, MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Transforming VistA Evolution through Collaboration
March 1, 2016 — 02:30PM – 03:30PM PT
Speakers – Jonathan Nebeker MD,  Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer, Strategy and Functional Design, VA

Open Roundtable Discussion for Project Argonaut implementation testers at the Zeno Room #4610
March 1, 2016, 3:00PM – 4:30PM
Speakers – Karen DeSalvo, MD, (ASH, ONC) and D.J. Patil (U.S. Chief Data Scientist)

Wednesday, March 2nd

Preparing Health Organizations for Emerging Risks
March 2, 2016 — 10:00AM – 10:30AM PT
Speakers – Steve Curren, Director, Division of Resilience & Infrastructure Coordination – HHS

CMS Electronic Clinical Quality Measurement (eCQM) Development and Reporting
March 2, 2016 — 11:30AM – 12:30PM PT
Speakers – Deborah Krauss MS, RN, Nurse Consultant, Division of Electronic and Clinician Quality – CMS; Minet Javellana RN, Health Insurance Specialist, Division of Electronic and Clinician Quality – Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS

MHS Population Health Analytics: 10 Years of Lessons Learned
March 2, 2016 — 11:30AM – 12:30PM PT
Speakers –  David Carnahan MD, MSCE (Chief, Enterprise Intelligence Branch – Defense Health Agency HIT Directorate) and Jesus J. Caban PhD (Chief, Clinical & Research Informatics – Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

EHR Modernization Effort: A Single Enterprise Solution
March 2, 2016 — 01:00PM – 02:00PM PT
Speaker – Craig Schaefer (Program Manager – Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization)

CIMI Presentation at the HL7 booth #5825
March 2, 2016 – 1:30PM -2:20PM
Speaker – Stan Huff, MD

VA’s Data Sharing and Interoperability Strategies
March 2, 2016 — 02:30PM – 03:30PM PT
SpeakersJohn A. ShortMBA-ISM, MSIS (Director of Interoperability and Enterprise Shared Services; Architecture, Strat – Department of Veterans Affairs)  and David W. Waltman (Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Health for Information Strategy – Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs)

DoD EHR Modernization Effort: Acquisition Lessons Learned
March 2, 2016 — 02:30PM – 03:30PM PT
Speaker – Christopher Miller SES, Program Executive Officer – Defense Healthcare Management Systems

Systemic Management of Medical Device Cybersecurity
March 2, 2016 — 02:30PM – 03:30PM PT
Speakers – Suzanne B. Schwartz MD, MBA, Director Emergency Preparedness/Operations & Medical Countermeasures (EMCM), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Reserved for Defense Health Agency
March 2, 2016 — 04:00PM – 05:00PM PT
Speaker –  Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, Director, DHA

Thursday, March 3rd

VistA Evolution EHR Initiatives in 2016-2018
March 3, 2016 — 08:30AM – 09:30AM PT
SpeakersAlan R. Constantian, PhD, SES (Assistant Deputy CIO for Product Management – Office of Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs) and Jonathan Nebeker, MD (Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer, Strategy and Functional Design – Department of Veterans Affairs)

The Evolution of HL7 FHIR Implementation Across the Health Continuum,” at the Interoperability Showcase stage #11954
March 3, 2016 –  9:30AM – 10:00AM
Speakers – Stan Huff, MD, and Charles Jaffe, MD, HL7 CEO

Achieving Interoperability with VA & Private Sector Partners
March 3, 2016 — 02:30PM – 03:30PM PT
SpeakersLauren ThompsonPhD (Director – DoD/VA Interagency Program Office), Aimee Scanlon (Program Manager – Defense Medical Information Exchange)  and Brian JonesDO (User Integration Branch Chief – Defense Health Agency Health Information Technology Directorate)

Improving Workflow and Increasing Efficiencies with the CMS esMD Electronic Solution
March 3, 2016 — 02:30PM – 03:30PM PT
SpeakersJoyce Davis (Acting Deputy Director, Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation Program (esMD) – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

Cybersecurity: You and I Are the Weakest Links
March 3, 2016 — 04:00PM – 05:00PM PT
Speaker – Servio Medina, Chief Operations Officer Cyber Security Policy Branch DHA, Health IT Directorate

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Key Booths to visit

As you are going about your day at HIMSS, don’t miss stopping by to get free swag at some of the Leading Federal Health IT Leaders and Federal Agency Booths.

Caring Village (a subsidiary of Segue Technologies Inc.) – Booth #233 Showcasing their new, first-of-its-kind caregiving assistance platform, including a care coordination dashboard and mobile app, insightful content and checklists, and a marketplace.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Booth #10309

Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion – Booth #10109

NIH-NITAAC – Booth #10109-7

Defense Health Agency – Booth #10109-3

Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information and Technology – Booth #10109-2

National Library of Medicine – Booth #10109-1       

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Booth #11954-62

G2Xchange Health Corporate Member Booths:

Accenture – Booth: 7710
Akamai Technologies – Booth: 9908-30
Aurotech Corp – Booth: 10713
Cognitive Medical Systems – Booth #1632
CTAC – Booth: 3077
Deloitte – Booth: MP24; 2455; 9908-18
DSS, Inc. – Booth: 1149
Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Booth: 1032
IBM – Booth: 5932
InterSystems Corporation – Booth: 4443; 73
KPMG LLP – Booth: 3250
Lockheed Martin – Booth: 1637
ManTech International Corp – Booth: 2425
Northrop Grumman Corp – Booth: 2429
Optum – Booth: 5543
SAIC – Booth: 14065
Splunk – Booth: 9908-14; 971
Veritas – Booth: 10515; MP108
VMware – Booth: 2221

HSPC will be showcasing its latest achievements at the Intermountain Healthcare booth #1632 and at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, booth #11954, at the API Bar.

Would you like your booth added to the list?  Let me know at

Key Parties to Attend

Ok, you made it through the long day and you are just looking to have some fun.

Know that nearly every major vendor on the floor is holding some type of an event. For obvious reasons, most are private and the only way in is by getting an invite.  Want an invite? Walk by the booth and ask. We will not be publishing known private events, but included below are events that are published publicly.

SummHIT, HIMASS16, Hack into the Thrills – Stratosphere Airbar
Monday, February 29. 2016 – 8:00PM

HIStalkapalooza 2016 #HIStalkapalooza – House of Blues (Now SOLD OUT)
Monday, February 29, 2016 6:30PM – 11:30PM

Our own Chris Behrmann, President of HIMSS National Capital Area Young Professionals group and Health Associate for Segue Technologies will be playing at Hard Rock Café restaurant bar on Monday night as part of their acoustic asylum showcase. He should be on around 10.

After Hours Cocktail Party at HIMSS – Start your evening with an Evatini! – Rhumbar at the Mirage Hotel
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Cognizant, TriZetto and Leavitt Partners’ HIMSS16 Reception
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 — 6:00PM – 07:30PM

Qlik – Music, Craft Beers, Appetizers – Join the Party! – Booth #5855
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Citrix Events HIMSS 2016 Cocktail Reception at The Laguna Champagne Bar
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Kyruus Health IT innovators event – Clique Bar & Lounge at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Women in Health IT – Madame Tussauds @ The Venetian
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 — 06:30PM – 08:00PM

Accenture Health HIMSS16 Client Reception – Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – 7:00PM -10:00PM

TEKsystems at Omnia Caesar’s Palace
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – 7:00PM -10:00PM

Imprivata Rat Pack Party at #HIMSS16 on the rooftop of the Paris Hotel
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 7:00PM – 11:00PM

TechWerks / PSI Networking Event at the Ling Ling Night Club, MGM Grand Hotel.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 9:00PM – 1:00AM

Mid-Atlantic Chapters of HIMSS Networking Reception at HIMSS16 – Sands Exhibit Hall- Nuance Booth
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Millennials on a Mission: Future Leaders of Health IT Reception
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 — 6:30PM – 07:30PM

Greater ChiTown HIMSS16 Social Event – Living Large in Vegas!
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 — 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Anthelio Healthcare Solutions Inc. Casino Night – Palms Casino 55th Floor Ghost Bar
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Velocity Technology Solutions Cocktail Party – AquaKnox
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 7:45PM – 10:45PM

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