HIMSS Vegas 2018 for the Federal Health IT Executive

By Julieanne Cooper, Director, Member Services, G2Xchange Health

With more than 45,000 attendees, the annual HIMSS conference scheduled for early March remains the premier Health IT conference; but with a heavy commercial focus, it can be hard to connect with your Federal Health IT colleagues.

Included here are three things to help you make the most of your week: Key Sessions to attend; a list of booths you may want to visit; and some of the planned social events.

Note: This is Version 1.0 of this list. We will be updating this over the course of the next few weeks. Have something to add? Reach out and let me know at Julie@G2Xchange.com.

◊ Key Sessions to Attend

Monday, March 5th

Communication Skills For Project Success: What Every Project Manager Should Know
March 5, 2018 – 8:00AM PST – 4:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Susan M Houston, Chief, Portfolio Office, NIH Clinical Center; Judith Wight, Branch Chief, HRSA/OIT; Ryan D Kennedy, Manager, Project Management Office,  NIH

Existing HIT Systems: Is Innovation Possible?
March 5, 2018 – 8:15AM PST – 9:15AM PST
Speaker(s): Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, ONC

Unlocking the Power of Healthcare Data
March 5, 2018 3:15PM PST – 4:15PM PST
Speaker(s): Peter Levin – CEO, Amida Technology Solutions, former Senior Advisor to the Secretary and CTO, VA

Tuesday, March 6th

Managing Medical Device Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
March 6, 2018 – 8:30AM PST – 9:30AM PST
Speaker(s): Seth Carmody, Cybersecurity Program Manager, FDA

How CMS is Leveraging Information and Technology in Medicare and Medicaid
March 6, 2018 8:30AM PST – 9:30AM PST
Speaker(s): Seema Verma, Administrator, CMS

March 6, 2018 9:30AM PST – 10:30AM PST

A HIPAA Compliance, Enforcement, and Policy Update from the HHS Office for Civil Rights
March 6, 2018 10:00AM PST – 11:00AM PST
Speaker(s): Roger Severino, Director, HHS Office for Civil Rights

Streamlining the IT Acquisition Process
March 6, 2018 10:30AM PST – 10:50AM PST
Speaker(s): Bridget Gauer, Director, NIH-NITAAC; Brian Goodger, Associate Director, OLAO, NIH-NITAAC

Stewards of Healthcare and Public Health Critical Infrastructure
March 6, 2018 11:30AM PST – 12:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Al Roeder, Acting Director, OCIO Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC); Julie Anne Chua, HHS Security Risk Management Division Manager, OCIO OIS; Stephen Curren, Director of the Division of Resilience, HHS ASPR

Meaningful Measures
March 6, 2018 – 11:30AM PST – 12:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Pierre Yong, Director of the Quality Measurement & Value-Based Incentives Group, CMS

eCQM Strategy: The Future of eCQMs
March 6, 2018 – 11:30AM PST – 11:50AM PST
Speaker(s): Debbie Krauss, Nurse Consultant, CMS

FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Town Hall
March 6, 2018 1:00PM PST – 1:20PM PST
Speaker(s): Suzanne B Schwartz, Associate Director for Science and Strategic Partnerships, FDA

The Art and Science of eCQM Field Testing
March 6, 2018 – 2:30PM PST – 3:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Marlene Matosky, Chief, Clinical and Quality Branch, HRSA

Digital Service at VA
March 6, 2018 – 2:30PM PST – 2:50PM PST
Speaker(s): Alex Loehr, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, VA

Fraud and Abuse Compliance for the Health IT Industry
March 6, 2018 – 4:00PM PST – 5:00PM PST
Speaker(s): James A. Cannatti, Senior Counselor for Health IT, HHS

The Washington Perspective: A Fireside Chat with the ONC National Coordinator
March 6, 2018 – 5:30PM PST – 6:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, ONC

Wednesday, March 7th

Information Operations (J-6) – Support Joint Readiness
March 7, 2018 — 8:30AM PST – 9:30AM PST
Speaker(s) – T. Patrick Flanders – Chief Information Officer (J-6) /Deputy Assistant Director Information Operations, DHA, Information Operations (J-6); Kevin Seeley – Deputy Chief Information Officer/ Deputy Director, Health Information Technology (HIT/J-6), DHA, Information Operations (J-6)

The Evolution & Global Deployment of Desktop to Data Center (D2D)
March 7, 2018 — 10:00AM PST – 11:00AM PST
Speaker(s) – Beverly Beavers, Division Chief, Infrastructure and Operations, DHA, Information Operations (J-6); Mark Goodge, Division Chief, Architecture, Advanced Concepts & Engineering (AACE), DHA, Information Operations (J-6)

Shaping the Future of Innovation at HHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Town Hall
March 7, 2018 – 10:00AM PST – 11:00AM PST
Speaker(s): Bruce Greenstein, Chief Technology Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary, HHS; Mona Siddiqui, Chief Data Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary, HHS

The Value of Behavior Science for Effective Patient Engagement
March 7, 2018 – 10:00AM PST – 11:00AM PST
Speaker(s): David Ahern, Special Advisor, NCI

Risk Management Framework for DoD Medical Devices
March 7, 2018 — 11:30AM PST – 12:30PM PST
Speaker(s) – Alan C Hardman – Lt Col, Chief Operations Officer Cybersecurity, DHA, Health Information Technology

Genomics Nursing and the EHR
March 7, 2018 – 11:30AM PST – 12:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Michelle Lardner, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Clinical Research Informatics, NIH, Clinical Center; Gwenyth Wallen, Deputy Chief Nurse Officer, Research and Practice Development, NIH, Clinical Center

Burden Reduction
March 7, 2018 – 11:30AM PST – 12:30PM PST
Speaker(s): John Fleming, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Technology Reform, ONC; Andrew Gettinger, Chief Medical Officer, Director, Office of Clinical Quality and Safety, ONC

Connected Care: VA, Virtual Health and the Patient Experience
March 7, 2018 – 1:00PM PST – 2:00PM PST
Speaker(s): Neil Evans, Chief Officer, Office of Connected Care, VA

Leveraging HIE for Disaster Preparedness and Response
March 7, 2018 – 2:30PM PST – 3:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Samuel Schaffzin, Technical Director for Medicaid Health IT, CMS; Thomas Novak, CMS/ONC HITECH HIE & Interoperability Lead, CMS/ONC

Lessons Learned of Active Continuous Transformation Across Large Healthcare Communities
March 7, 2018 – 2:30PM PST – 3:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Ashwini Zenooz, Chief Medical Officer, VA Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) Program Executive Office (PEO), VA

Thursday, March 8th

Standards and Interoperability – DoD/VA Health Information Exchange
March 8, 2018 — 8:30AM PST – 9:30AM PST
Speaker(s) – Paul Cordts – Director, J-5 (Strategy, Plans and Functional Integration) and MHS Functional Champion, DHA; Ashwini Zenooz – Chief Medical Officer, VA Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) Program Executive Office (PEO); VA, Lauren Thompson – Director, DoD/VA Interagency Program Office (DoD/VA IPO)

A National Repository of Widely Shareable, Computable CDS
March 8, 2018 – 8:30AM PST – 9:30AM PST
Speaker(s): Edwin Lomotan, Medical Officer and Chief of Clinical Informatics, AHRQ

ONC Policy and Technology Update
March 8, 2018 – 8:30AM PST – 9:30AM PST
Speaker(s): Steven Posnack, Director, Office of Standards and Technology, ONC; Elise Sweeney Anthony, Director, Office of Policy, ONC

Health Information Sharing Maturity Model
March 8, 2018 – 10:00AM PST – 10:20AM PST
Speaker(s): Thomas Novak, Medicaid Interoperability Lead, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS

MHS Opioid Registry: Promoting the Learning Health System
March 8, 2018 — 10:00AM PST – 11:00AM PST
Speaker(s) – Chris Nichols – Program Manager, Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions (EIDS), Solution Delivery Division (SDD), Health IT (J-6), DHA; Christopher Spevak – Director of the National Capital Region’s Opioid Safety Program, DHA

Dispelling Medical Device Cybersecurity Myths
March 8, 2018 – 11:00AM PST – 11:20AM PST
Speaker(s): Seth Carmody, Cybersecurity Program Manager, FDA

Innovation in the Medicaid Enterprise: A State and Federal Priority Partnership
March 8, 2018 11:30AM PST – 12:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Martin Rice, Director of State Systems, CMS; Eugene Gabriyelov, Technical Director, CMS

Benchmarking and Iterative Usability Testing: A Case Study
March 8, 2018 – 11:30AM PST – 12:30PM PST
Speaker(s): William Plew, Usability Specialist, VA

Creating Healthy Incentives to Improve Integrated Care: Lessons Learned from Around the World
March 8, 2018 – 11:30AM PST – 12:20PM PST
Speaker(s): Vice Admiral Raquel C Bono, Director, DHA

Modernizing Human Resources
March 8, 2018 – 11:30AM PST – 11:50AM PST
Speaker(s): Peter Shelby, Assistant Secretary for Office of Human Resources & Administration, VA

Balancing Leading Performance Indicators to Improve Patient Access
March 8, 2018 1:00PM PST – 2:00PM PST
Speaker(s): Jennifer Ford, Director, Healthcare Value and Effectiveness, VA

The Digital Veteran Platform/Lighthouse
March 8, 2018 1:30PM PST – 2:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Kim Nazi, Blue Button Project Lead, Office of Connected Care, Veterans and Consumer Health Informatics, VA; Shawn Hardenbrook, Director, Web & Mobile Solutions, VA

Pharmacogenomics Within the EHR
March 8, 2018 – 2:30PM PST – 3:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Jon W. McKeeby, Chief Information Officer, NIH Clinical Center; Jharana J. Patel, Chief Pharmacy Information Officer, NIH Clinical Center

New Medicare Card Project
March 8, 2018 – 2:30PM PST – 3:30PM PST
Speaker(s): Monica Kay, Group Director, CMS

Friday, March 9th

It Takes a Community – Delivering 21st Century Coordinated Care for Those In and Out of Uniform
March 9, 2018 – 8:30AM PST – 10:15AM PST
Speaker(s) David Shulkin, MD – Secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono, MD – Director, DHA

Improving Provider Accuracy in the EHR
March 9, 2018 – 10:30AM PST – 11:30AM PST
Speaker(s): Seth D. Carlson, Clinical Architect, NIH


◊ Exhibitor Booths

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid – Booth 10110
Defense Health Agency – Booth 10219-01
Department of Veterans Affairs – Booth(s) 10219-12, 11955
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Booth(s): 10219-1
NIH-NITAAC – Booth 10219-03
Defense Healthcare Management Systems – MHS GENESIS – Booth 10133
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality – Booth 11955
Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion – Booth 10219
Health Resources and Services Administration – Booth 10219-08

◊ Key Booths to Visit

Accenture – Booth 7617
Allscripts – Booth 2054
Audacious Inquiry – Booth MP69
Aurotech – Booth 10320
Battelle – Booth 11906
By Light – Booth 11015
Cognosante – Booth 426
CTAC – Booth 11616
Deloitte – Booth(s) 2821, MP21
DSS, Inc. – Booth(s) 4449, 11955
Dell EMC – Booth(s) 3613, 8600-68, MP313, MP315
DXC Technology – Booth 1617
EY – Booth(s) 14028, 14038
General Dynamics Health Solutions – Booth MP322
Henry Elliott & Company – Booth 6440
Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Booth(s) 2127, MP22, MP23
IBM – Booth(s) 6243, 8500-25
Informatica – Booth 3606
InterSystems – Booth(s)  4444, MP06, MP342
KPMG – Booth 3839
Leidos – Booth 2425
ManTech International – Booth 5422
MAXIMUS – Booth MP70
MuleSoft – Booth 11229
National Government Services – Booth 5837
NCI, Inc. – Booth 10316
NewWave – Booth 10307
Northrop Grumman – Booth 2668
NTT Data – Booth 2116
OSEHRA – Booth 10516
Optum – Booth 6425
Pegasystems – Booth(s): 11336
Philips – Booth(s) 3812, 8500-17, 9900-03, 11955, 11955-14
PriceWaterhouseCoopers – Booth MP60
Salesforce – Booth 7815
Sparksoft – Booth 11634
Splunk – Booth(s) 8217, 8500-12
Ventech – Booth 11345
Veritas – Booth 865
VMware – Booth(s) 3803, 8600-58, MP302

Would you like your booth added to the list?  Let me know at Julie@g2xchange.com.


◊ Key Parties to Attend

You made it through the long day and you are just looking to relax.

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 but included below are events that are published publicly. Watch for more of these to be added as it gets closer to game time and do double check before you head out in case things have changed.

Healthcare IT Leaders – HIMSS Cocktail Hour at TAO Asian Bistro
Monday, March 5, 2018 6:00PM PST – 8:00PM PST

Celebrate at HIMSS18 with CSRA!
Monday, March 5, 2018 7:00PM PST
TAO – 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd

A Night in Old Vegas – Trinisys HIMSS Reception – Mercato Della Pescheria – The Venetian Las Vegas
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 6:00PM PST – 9:00PM PST

HIMSS Party with Techwerks and PSI
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 9:00PM PST – 1AM PST
Ling Ling Club at Hakkasan, MGM Grand

Salesforce Trailblazer Awards & Celebration
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
This one promises food, drinks, and a private concert with a special musical guest but you’ll have to register to find out the details of when and where.

MD and VA Chapters of HIMSS Networking – Palazzo – Sands Expo Center – The Venetian Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 4:30PM PST – 6:00PM PST

HIMSS18 Women in Health IT Networking Reception –  Palazzo Pool – The Venetian Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 6:30PM PST – 8:00PM PST

aethena Cocktail Reception and Fireside Chat – La Cave, Wynn Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 6:30PM PST – 8:30PM PST

Lenovo Health and Intel – Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 8:00PM PST – 11:00PM PST

HIMSS After Party with Halfaker – Encore Beach Club
Co-sponsored by F5, ForeScout, Grace & Associates, InterSystems, Red Hat and Red River to benefit Warrior Rising.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:00PM PST – 12:00AM PST

Hosting an after-hours networking event? Want your listing posted here? Let me know at Julie@G2Xchange.com.


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